Well between the weekend outage, two lost credit cards, a failed bid to buy a house, and a job rotation change I am certain that I am not dead though I do feel like a bit of a zombie. My woes however were nothing compared to the heartache Wakana had to go through. I wanted to know why she simply gave up on music and was so intent on fleeing from her mother’s legacy, and I got my answer. There is no way around it Wakana was a whiny brat when entrance exam time rolled around. I give Mahiru and her husband all the credit in the world for putting up with Whiny Wakana. At least Wakana understood how much of a crass little monster she was; sadly she took the lesson beyond a reasonable conclusion. Fortunately in this small town Wakana could not completely escape Mahiru’s shadow and even Shiho steps up with a nice little gift from the way back machine. It was a very nice touch to have a cassette tape bridge the gap between Wakana and Mahiru. We also finally learn that Megane Meanie VP’s name is Nao Takakura, now that Mahiru’s daughter is genki and a full participant again I wonder if Nao’s stance on the choir club is going to change.
Taichi lost his tournament but I give credit to Wein, Konatsu, and Sawa for showing up and getting their super fan on. I do disapprove of Konatsu and Wein breaking out the championship banner, but at least they learned their lesson when the Badminton Gods did not grant Taichi the win. Next time Konatsu should just stick with her ace idea of having Wakana on the maracas. Taichi loses but at least he took it in stride and got back to choir after Konatsu upheld her end of the bargain. I am wary of the possibility of a Sawa and Taichi ship since Sawa’s one true love is Konatsu but I suppose it is alright if Sawa is bi.
I am glad that Sawa is a horseback archer, but I fear that her aspirations for becoming a world class jockey is nigh impossible. It’s not that she lacks the ability but rather she is larger than most jockeys. Sabure might be a war horse in lineage, but thoroughbreds are fragile and have bones made of glass. I hope that while her dreams are ambitious that she will find something that she can succeed in. Incidentally Konatsu has the perfect build for being a jockey. I am sure that Sawa can work out something even if her tall dark and bishoujo traits will preclude her from a triple crown. Otherwise there are equestrian events at the Olympic level that she can participate in where size matters less.
Sawa masterfully won over Wakana using her noble steed. While I am sure Sabure likes Wakana I get the feeling that Sawa likes her more. The only gripe I have though is that you DO NOT ride horses in shorts, because riding in that fashion will result in some interesting and painful marks. Wakana isn’t a wimp though as riding for a few hours on a saddle for a rookie is tough even young Prussian princes would baulk at the hours they had to spend riding as kids. Wein isn’t entirely out of the Wakana sweepstakes as he totally ribbed Taichi for losing that tournament when Wakana had walked in on their training. Still I think Sawa is going to be the favorite in Wakana sweepstakes. Konatsu and Wakana getting along famously is just gravy, and I am sure Wakana was taken with Konatsu’s dojikko habits.
Next week Sawa is going to have a BIG FIGHT with her dad who wants Sawa to inherit the temple. I can’t fault him for being realistic about Sawa’s chances for horse racing glory but surely there is a means to come to a compromise.