Most of this week’s episode involves watching Kumiko (and her childhood friend) turning the criticism from Taki into the drive to work on improving. If you’re online a lot, it’s easy to take criticism too personally and become defensive, but it really should be motivating you to get better. But in my opinion, that piece of advice gets thrown around a lot, so I won’t belabor it. I will say this, though. I really like the scene from the screenshot above because you can see Natsuki walking by in the background, then rushing off-screen to join the conversation. That scene was gold.
Next week’s episode puts an end this series with the regional competition. Given that it’s supposed to be the last episode, I’m assuming they lose again? Or maybe the nationals competition is meant to be a second season…or maybe it’s just completely irrelevant. I think it would be interesting if the show devalued the actual competition segment (it would be unlike most other series which drag that part out).