The first episode post! In this episode we learn about Kousei’s monotone world, and the sudden change that brings color into it.
So as I stated in the introductory post, these are going to be random thoughts I had while watching the episode, but they will be in sequential order. In any case, I won’t waste time with details. Let’s get to talking about the episode!
Right off the bat (lol) we see our protagonist lying in a pool of his own blood. That wraps up this show, everyone. Thanks for watching!
He’s okay, of course. As Kousei goes to pick up the glass Tsubaki stops him. Notice how rough her hand is compared to his? They draw it like that a few times, and not just after she’s been playing softball. She’s concerned because pianists need to take such care of their hands. But Kousei doesn’t seem to see the point in protecting them anymore.
Yeah, Tsubaki gets on his case a lot. But here she is getting blushy when he notices her eyes sparkle the way she’s talking about. Kousei’s point is that Tsubaki has passion in life, but he doesn’t. She doesn’t seem to know how to take the compliment.
The first real clue that Kousei doesn’t play anymore. That piano hasn’t been touched in ages. The whole state of this room says a lot about Kousei in one frame. It’s too painful for him to approach it, even to tidy up. So it stagnates, like he has.
The reason is hinted at soon after. This image says a lot too. The empty wheelchair means his mother is gone, but her shadow shows that he’s still haunted by her. Indeed, Kousei’s life for the past two years has been governed by the ghost of his mother.
The next scene is far more upbeat. His early arrival at the park has him catching sight of the show’s co-star. I love this scene for a couple of reasons, the first being the admittedly cheesy way that the world gets more colorful as Kousei approaches her. From what Tsubaki said, we know that means he’s fallen in love.
The second is because that tune she’s playing is beautiful. I watched Castle in the Sky sometime after I saw this show, so I had no idea at the time she was playing Pazu’s theme. The bit about the pidgeons made a lot more sense after seeing that movie.
The situation escalates quickly, and Tsubaki puts Kousei in his place when she introduces him as ‘Friend A.’ Kaori doesn’t need to know his name, since she’s here for Watari after all. Tsubaki kind of belabors this point here, but Kousei claims she isn’t his type anyway. How do you explain the vivid colors then, Kousei?
The iconic picture for this series, and rightly so. It’s well constructed and popping with color all around. What might be even better is the way Watari is so impressed that she can play violin. Did he forget his best friend was a piano prodigy at 11?
This was something I only realized during this rewatch. The camera focuses on Kaori’s eyes after she grabs Kousei’s hand, right before she drags him toward the concert hall. There’s no dialog as he stares, and it seems like he’s remembering what Tsubaki said about sparkling eyes. He probably thinks she’s very passionate about something as well.
The soundtrack sample for today is Watashi, Violinist na no, played near the end when Kaori reveals herself as a violinist. It’s upbeat, and energetic, and effervescent – a perfect track to express how Kaori comes off to this group. Have a listen!
One thing to keep in mind as you watch the rest of this series is this scene, where Tsubaki answers her phone after walking home with Kousei. We learn soon after this that it was Kaori who called her, and she’s pretty insistent that Tsubaki ask Watari about the date. What is her urgency?
That’s all I had this week. What did you all think of the episode? What stood out the most to you? If this is your first time watching it, do you love this already?