“She bombards me from an unexpected angle. I’m dumbfounded, always following you…” – Kousei
I am thrilled that I was wrong about the anime cutting things from the manga because as condensed as episode twenty has been for the events in the chapters, the overall pacing was executed quite well. Episode twenty is cleverly divided into roughly two parts. The first half encompasses the last of Kousei’s apprehensions towards his feels for Kaori, as a result, the focus is mainly on Kousei and Tsubaki. While Tsubaki’s unrequited romance is usually sidelined for the larger events of the main plot, the anime gives her closure in this episode by fitting in that subtle and somewhat violent confession. The girl confesses to Kousei, kicks him in the shins then runs away… how like her.
It seems like Kousei is caught in a weird love triangle, though this isn’t so much explored as left to fester on its own (as most post-confession periods go, well unless it’s shojo manga).
Kousei’s back story with Chelsea, the kitty resurfaces, how Chelsea gave him little moments of reprieve in his harsh childhood as a pianist. The story goes that Kousei loses Chelsea and even later, his mother takes the cat away from him so he can focus only on the piano. Kaori, much like Chelsea the cat acts as Kousei’s current state of mind. It’s all too symbolic to the show when Kousei finds a black kitty (similar to Chelsea) run over on the road. In his inability to save her, he has fears about Kaori’s condition and this once again stunts his emotional growth. The kitty’s death foreshadows the most horribly heart-breaking of endings.
“I swing between joy and despair at your slightest gesture, and my heart starts to play a melody… What kind of feeling is this again?” – Kousei
As of this episode’s release, the manga for Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso HAS officially finished so the anime is cutting it immensely close with a fully animated end that mirrors the original storyline. We get to the worst kind of cliff-hanger in this show this week… when Kousei comes to terms with his feelings for Kaori, he finally musters up the courage to visit her at the hospital with Watari. Only thing is that the boys walk in Kaori having a seizure or reaction of some sort, forcing her into the ICU. Seeing it happen utterly jars Kousei and once again disillusions him from music…
What are you pondering today?