“So ephemeral and weak, but it’s shining with all its might… Thump, thump like a heartbeat… This is the light of life.” – Kaori
This performance was definitely a pivotal point in Kousei’s personal development as a character, as Friend A…as the main character no less. He’s finally confronted his fears on stage but his inspiration is solely based on Kaori and her presence in his life. The only problem is… Kaori is pretty sickly (thought it’s only subtly hinted at, but you regular drama fans can probably guess)… what will happen to Kousei when his muse falls ill and potentially faces death? How will this story end? Are we facing a bittersweet ending or something of a tragic one? The manga is ongoing and it develops as it does…
Seto Hiroko-san is one of the most refreshing characters of the series. She was Kousei’s mother’s friend and literally watched Kousei grow up. Now… she’s Kousei’s new mentor. Fantastic choice and fantastic relation links between characters the mangaka planned there.
“Maybe it’s not possible for someone to get up on stage in an innocent state…” – Kousei
We’re faced with a few dilemmas now that we’ve nearly reached the midpoint of the series. The first is what I’ve mentioned above and will serve as a quiet but ominous shadow behind the colourful animation of the series. The second is addressing the Tsubaki factor, which quite a bit of fans HAVE tweeted or commented to me about. Yes, Tsubaki is probably going to be that awkward unrequited third love. To be honest, all four of our main group characters are caught in something of a love square. A peculiar music mixed with sport love square LOL
I’m thrilled for Emi who’s soaring to high heights in this new mood she’s found herself in, but Takeshi’s been sorely betrayed by his role model. I do give the series props for showing a few scenes of the other performers, those who didn’t make it. It IS Kousei’s first time being among the non-winners so it must be a new experience for him. While Kaori isn’t so much concerned for Kousei’s performance loss, Tsubaki and Watari seem seriously worried. It is nice to see Kousei LET IT GO and just scream and shout and go nuts.
The manga is slightly distorting my perception of the anime because I know what’s coming… and some of it isn’t pleasant but much of it is beautiful.
A new performance appears on the horizon of the music world for Kaori and Kousei in the upcoming episodes. The Towa Music Competition poses a new opportunity for the two to duo it up. Now that Kousei’s rediscovered the music world, what kind of musician will he be? How will he play? And will he be able to find a reason in himself, to continue to music, rather than pinning his music inspirations on external forces. For the Kousei that’s taken these giant leaps forward thus far in the series, it seems fair to let him rely on Kaori for the moment. The excitement comes in seeing him develop further in the series.
“I felt it there… that everyone has someone deep in their hearts. For some it might be hostility, aspiration, hopes. The desire to show off. To thin – let it reach them… feelings for my mom. We all had our personal emotions to lean on…” – Kousei
Kousei comes pretty close to confessing and some would argue HE DID CONFESS in the field of fireflies and starlight… How will Kaori respond? This episode leaves us at QUITE A CLIFFHANGER. It’s worse because while the music competition cliff-hangers are bearable, the love-romance sub-plot cliff-hanger IS SO NOT BEARABLE. I’m impressed with Kousei though. I didn’t think Friend A would be able to muster up the courage to express his honest feelings for Kaori. It makes me admire him that much more as a character and it speaks volumes for how much he’s grown…
“Pursuing that moment when my music reached them. Pursuing that sight of her with her back to me. Until one day, for sure, I’ve pulled even with her… until that day comes.” – Kousei
And yeah, Kousei is SUCH a Charlie Brown. Kaori really nailed it and major props for the Peanuts reference.
What are you pondering today?