“You exist within spring. You exist inside a spring that can’t be replaced…” – Kousei
After Friend A is appointed as the substitute of the day, Kousei and Kaori head to a dessert café. It’s interesting how observant Kousei is when it comes to Kaori. With the help of some cute little kiddies, Kaori ends up coercing Kousei to play on the piano. Just a bit… and as adverse as Kousei is to the piano, he can’t help but enjoy actually playing. It’s only when he starts to lose himself in the music that his ears go deaf at the sounds. I’m actually really impressed with how Kousei starts harmonizing with Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on the spot. The mark of a talented musician is improvisation definitely…
Kousei ends up telling Kaori about his piano problems and though she hears him out on it at first, she doesn’t seem that fazed by it. In fact, she’s re-motivated to re-motivate Kousei into music. She appoints him as the accompanist and despite Kousei’s inhibitions, he ends up being thrown into the job by Tsubaki and Kaori’s efforts.
Well, it helps that Kaori sparkles in Kousei’s eyes. It’s dat sparkle effect. Thank you A-1 Pictures animation.
“If you can’t move your hands, play with your feet. If you don’t have enough fingers, play with your nose as well. Whether you’re sad, you’re a mess, or you’ve hit rock bottom, you still have to play. That’s how people like us survive…” – Kaori
The gang ends up making a mad rush for the theatre twenty-minutes before the debut of the show. This is when Kousei takes that first step out his bubble to play for someone else again. After his mother passed away, he basically lost his reason and drive to play. Now Kaori is relying on him to support her and play with her. Despite the brave front she puts on, she’s also scared about performing and scared to put herself out there but she does so anyways and she plays on, because she’s a musician. Her spirit is infectious, for sure, and Kousei starts to realize that Watari’s advice on girls rings true. Whether or not you can make it happen depends on her.
I’m all caught up with the manga as of right now but even though I know what’ll happen it’s still completely different watching it come to life on screen versus reading it panel to panel. Lots of dramatic moments and emotional build-up to come. Oh hoh we are just getting started…
What are you pondering today?