This week’s episode of Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso comprises some of my favourite parts of the original manga. It begins with Kousei’s emotional introspection and his ongoing struggle with his music, to play or not to play, when playing the piano means delving into all those tangled emotions his mother left him in the music. Since this week officially kicks off the latter half of Shigatsu, episode twelve transitioned us beautifully into the next part of Kousei’s character development.
As always, the second half of the duel-season long shows always give us a new opening and a new ending. While I felt that the first set of Shigatsu songs really expressed the emotions, the struggle and triumphs behind performing, I think the second opening eases us into the more personal sentiments of the characters that we’ve already been given a taste of; seven prism coloured symphony, what lovely imagery it gives us.
What does it mean to be a pianist? How will Kousei define himself as a pianist? These are two key questions that will definitely be explored in the next performance alongside Kousei’s recent transformations as a musician.
We also get to see more of Kaori’s family background, though I wish the animation here had focused more on the cake shop narration through Kousei’s lens versus a comedy spin on the storytelling. The manga lights Kaori in a really sweet and bright light with her family and the bakery in contrast to how Kousei’s life hasn’t been quite as warm.
As the summer drags on, the friends busy along either in summer school or music practices, high school is looming near and our characters must all make important life decisions soon though… Kaori doesn’t seem TOO concerned about the future at the moment. I wish Kousei would stop seeing himself as Friend A in the background to Kaori and Watari’s friendship. Amidst all the slice of life and the comedy I did think that the bits with Kousei’s character development were well inserted and well balanced out with the overall flow of episode twelve’s narrative.
The climax of the story, Kousei’s reflections while he’s been accidentally thrown into water of the school pool finally hints at some revelation he’s come to.
“Maybe, just maybe, the light can reach even the bottom of a dark ocean…” – Kousei
Performances are always the high points of this series so we can definitely look forward to a lot of intensity as the story’s gotten to this precarious point. The gala has begun and Kaori is nowhere to be found. On top of all this, the little junior Miike is being a real brat about all the attention Kaori’s been getting. I do give Kousei mad props for going up on stage by himself though and the pivotal point of the performance ends on a cliff-hanger, its emotional intensity carried on by the new ending song. Though the animation is really quite simplistic, I’m more interested in the song itself. The previews definitely give us something to look forward to in next week’s episode. With all the new shows coming out this winter season, Shigatsu will be a good solid anime to settle back into every week.
What are you pondering today?