“Let it ring… let it ring… let it ring.” – Emi
I was SERIOUSLY getting goosebumps throughout Emi’s performance.
It’s stunning to see how someone like Kousei, so elevated in the public eye as the human metronome, someone you really dislike, someone you desire to surpass, can become such a driving force for aspiring pianists. Both Emi and Takeshi saw Kousei perform as a child, Emi watching his first awkward performance, and Takeshi witnessing one of Kousei’s machine-drilled competitions. Both emerge as vastly different pianists.
Man, music gets me riled up, in so many ways. All the tension in episode seven just exploded onto the screen in colours and music and crazy good monologue. A key different you see between Takeshi and Emi is their varying degrees of nervousness… well, Emi’s actually so calm she can stand idly and watch previous performance without psyching herself out.
“I’m only her because of you. Just under four minutes… a performance lasting just under four minutes. That’s what made me a pianist…” – Emi
I can’t stand Takeshi’s hair, but he’s a pretty good pianist. He sees Kousei as his rival and strives to overcome him. He uses that competitiveness to drive him to be a better pianist. Emi on the other hand is vastly different. While Kousei initially inspired her to become a pianist, she’s an utterly erratic and emotional musician. In many ways I can relate. The slightest things could change your dispositions to the music, to the piano that day. Emi embodies all the turbulent emotions that professional musicians do, that passion and that loneliness. Kaori can empathize because she too throws her soul utterly into the score.
I wish they devoted more intense animation to Takeshi but they did fairly well considering his motivations as a character. Emi’s inner perspective… emotionally, it hits you so hard. She plays with so much vigour and passion that you can’t help but be drawn into her music. The visuals in the manga are just DRIVEN HOME with the gorgeous blend of warm colours and autumn tones. I couldn’t be more satisfied and amazed by this series’ art direction.
I kind of really want to see Kaori and Emi duke out in a music battle. I feel like that would just be absolutely amazing.
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso’s characters are fantastic in that none are redundant. Even as fellow musicians or pianists, they all exist to show Kousei a different side of music. Whereas Kaori is utterly free-spirited and only plays music for the sake of playing music, Takeshi plays in the interest of being acknowledged by or surpassing Kousei. Emi plays with the intention to reject the dull and monotone Kousei, to push him, through her music, to return to music that is coloured by emotion. Each of these characters foil Kousei in some way and show him just how diverse and vast the music world is when you’re not glued to music scores and competition scores.
I am just ecstatic to see the next episode.
What are you pondering today?