Hibike Euphonium Episode 10: Audition drama

Well this week's episode certainly was frustrating. Let me start by saying that I somewhat understand what they're trying to do by contrasting Reina and Kumiko and the reactions they face to results of the auditions. While Kumiko's senior ends up being very accepting of her result and supportive, Reina meets stiff competition. I would have been okay if they had ended it there, but now we have this awkward situation where a secondary audition is proposed.

Why is this second chance audition a problem? Because Reina suddenly has pretty much everything to lose. The only ending that seems acceptable to me is if she is able to blow her opponent away to the point where everyone recognizes her ability. There was a suggestion somewhere online that I saw about doing something similar to a blind taste test, where both contenders play without revealing their identity. This would probably be an acceptable outcome for me, but I question the likelihood of that happening...it might be the only choice though.

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