The episode delves deep into Soyo’s past, opening with a young Soyo, possibly in her early middle school years, moving into a new apartment with her ever-busy mother. Fast forward to high school, Soyo’s proficiency with the Concert Bass becomes evident. During a concert band performance, her talent catches the eyes of Mutsumi and Saki. This chance encounter leads to Soyo’s invitation to CryChic, marking the inception of the band.
The episode provides a detailed look at the original CryChic lineup: Mutsumi on secondary guitar, Saki on lead guitar, and Taki as the drummer. A poignant reiteration of CryChic’s disbandment from the first episode showcases Soyo’s deep denial and longing for the band’s revival, even when the others had moved on.
The narrative then shifts to the present, with Anon expressing her concerns for Soyo to Taki and Tomori. Taki, unaware of Soyo’s whereabouts, suggests Mutsumi might know. Tomori’s guilt over CryChic’s breakup becomes palpable, fearing a similar fate for their current band. Taki’s attempts to reassure her seem futile.
Mutsumi’s attempts to practice her guitar are interrupted with memories of Soyo’s emotional outburst. When Taki reaches out for Soyo’s address, Mutsumi refuses. Soyo’s detachment from the band becomes evident when she plans to skip practice for karaoke and later coldly ignores Tomori and Anon, leaving Tomori devastated.
Taki’s protective instincts kick in as she confronts Soyo about her behavior, especially towards Tomori. Soyo’s revelations about her true intentions with the band – merely a stepping stone to revive CryChic – show us that she really didn’t care about both Anon and Raana. This leads Taki to seek a new bassist, her school friend, Yahato Umiri. While Umiri’s skills are undeniable, Tomori’s reluctance to sing in her presence prompts Umiri to recognize the band’s unpreparedness for her inclusion.
The episode’s climax sees Taki revealing Soyo’s intentions to Anon. Tomori’s disbelief and Anon’s hurt feelings, especially given Soyo’s apparent disdain for her, culminate in a tense moment. The episode concludes with a heart-wrenching scene: Tomori in tears and Taki, lost in thought, at her drum set.
Opinions / Analysis
This episode just shows how absolutely Soyo is, and I quite literally don’t want to forgive her. She’s actually so horrible that I hope that we aren’t forced to have her re-join the band.
Tomori is stuck in a predicament. She doesn’t want Soyo to leave, but Soyo doesn’t give two craps about Anon. Anon feels hurt that Tomori wants someone so cruel in the band.
I like that we see it’s a bit complicated, but also, Tomori has to give up this idealistic view of the band. It’s getting ridiculous.