“Your whole life is condensed into a scant few minutes onstage. Sure it’s scary and it doesn’t make sense either…” – Seto
This week’s episode of Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso is all about confrontation and honesty; whether that’s Kousei’s feelings for Kaori, Tsubaki’s feelings for Kousei, Watari’s feelings about this entire situation with his friends, Nagi’s feelings regarding her budding career as a musician or Seto-sensei’s intentions as a piano mentor. It all cumulates into the cultural festival at Nagi’s elementary school.
There will always be pressure in a world of art. However, we are not always able to grasp the pressure that artists go through in pursuit of their career and their passions. The episode begins with Kousei’s struggle as a musician once more, how he is struggling with his passions to play because Kaori’s physical condition is worsening. He’s afraid to re-visit that hospital scene, all those scents and sounds and feelings in the medical halls, all the emotional implications it might have for him in the long-run…
“A violinist who can’t hold her own bow… that’s pointless.” – Kaori
How does Kousei make sense of all this? He decides to enter in the culture festival himself…
While we see Kousei struggle with his feelings for Kaori and by extension, his feelings for the piano, we see Nagi also bring up her feelings towards music in an effort to console him; her inspiration through her hero and how she wants to give him strength through her music. Both Nagi and Kousei find some sort of solace and understanding through their piano student-teacher relationship. For all of Nagi’s brattiness when she first appears, she becomes quite a compelling character in the series. My impression of her has certainly changed from when she infiltrated Seto-sensei’s house to rival Kousei, to a mature and young musician who’s decided to make the stage her own.
This time, Kaori is listening to the performance through a strategically scheduled phone call…
What will this violinist think of Friend A’s performance? And where will the series take us before it ends? There are six episodes left after this one and we STILL haven’t seen Kousei and Kaori take to the stage again. Will Kaori ever be able to play the violin again? Will their performance partnership end there? Or will there be something more?
“After all that howling, slapping me around, forcing me up onstage against my will, after carving so many scenes into my mind that I don’t want to forget…” – Kousei
What are you pondering today?