“You exist within spring…”
For this week’s episode of Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, we got to see just how eccentric and unique Kaori is when it comes to music. Episode two picks up right at the beginning of Kaori’s competition and Kousei is returned to his nostalgically bittersweet theatre setting.
Though the story is mostly told from a third person point of view for mundane events, it never hesitates to zero in on Kousei’s perspective and inner monologue when the plot demands it. This is most prominently seen in the manga but they’re also doing a really great job in balancing his introspection and interpersonal dialogue. As much as Kousei avoids direct interactions from competitions and performances, he can’t really seem to pull himself from music directly as evidenced by his part time job to transcribe sheet music and his fairly positive reaction to the competition. It’s also really insightful for the audience to get Kousei’s musical opinion on this because musicians will definitely hear subtle nuances in the music that regular audience members wouldn’t.
Unlike Kousei’s former self and his teacher who only cared about points, placements and titles, Kaori doesn’t care at all about official standings. Rather, she’s just concerned about performing well on stage. She completely makes the song her own and plays like a devil on stage. She completely changes the tempo, rhythm and style of the song to make it her own, giving it a quick tempo drive rather than following what the composer intended. Even the accompanying composer seems completely concerned that Kaori is completely going off on her own. Though the audience loved Kaori’s performance the best, the judges are dismayed… and so should the classical music world. For Kousei who’s always made it his goal to emulate the exact way the composer played the original song, he’s both amazed and shocked at Kaori’s performance. Even little girls run out right after Kaori’s performance to buy her flowers. I’m surprised how much Kaori valued Kousei’s opinion though, probably because he’s such a big name in the classical music world.
Kousei’s world has changed now. His quiet world of monotonous repetition has been shaken up by Kaori’s performance. Her music resonates in his mind – something he wants to hear and something he wants to avoid because it’s vibrant, explosive and unpredictable. Next to the inciting incident of Kousei meeting Kaori, this was a pretty huge development in the beginnings of the plot because Kaori’s performance has kicked Kousei out of his complacent disposition in music.
Kousei needs to start seeing himself as the main character!! I’m really waiting for the moments when Kousei and Kaori get closer to each other because as pretty Kaori is and as good looking as Watari is, they don’t share much in common to be honest. Besides, Watari could never appreciate music the same way Kousei does and that’s pretty essential to Kaori’s life. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso is definitely becoming one of my top two favourite series this season.
What are you pondering today?