Kousei is dragged to the music hall where he is captivated by Kaori’s performance along with the rest of the audience. Being there gives him mixed feelings about his past, but he can’t get her playing out of his head.
First of all, let me say how thrilled I am by how many people we have. It’s a real party! I loved reading your thoughts and, for a few of you, your first impressions. I hope to see your enthusiasm continue.
Okay, on to the episode!
Kousei is pretty nervous about being in the hall, if you couldn’t tell by his reluctance at the end of the last episode. He’s so nervous in fact that his friends take notice. They sort of hammer this point in several times from here onward, but this is where we really see that it’s hard for him to be in a competitive performance environment.
He still remembers everything about it, though. Tsubaki puts on her best “I understand” face while having no clue what Kousei is talking about and it’s adorable. She really tries to support Kousei a lot, even if they’re quite different.
Quiet! This isn’t a football game! Kaori’s stage entrance is highlighted as even the contestant before her is a little dumbstruck by her appearance. None seem more excited than her newest friends though. What a supportive group!
More people treating this like a sports game. As the judges decide and Kousei explains, everything about her performance is incredibly unusual and unacceptable. Not that Kaori seems to mind. Why can’t competition and fun go hand in hand?
Some kids buy the first bouquet they can find and give it to her. What’s striking about this moment though is that she doesn’t care at all about her score in the competition. It’s a complete 180 from everything Kousei was taught and he simply can’t understand her mentality. She won’t get anywhere as a violinist if she doesn’t take it seriously, and she’s obviously talented, so why doesn’t she care?
This series does go overly dramatic sometimes, but there is something important here. A lot of the dialog is intentionally poetic, and Kousei’s remark that it’s like a scene out of a movie expresses the surreal nature of it. This isn’t the way these things go in “real life.” Kaori lives in a world of her own making, and it’s like watching a movie scene.
The dub has a fantastic line here that the sub completely ignores. Kousei describes this scene as “The ingenue, the hero, and Friend A.” He’s describing the movie scene again but he places himself in the role Tsubaki assigned him, even though Kaori came over to ask his opinion specifically.
The lighting here is also telling. It’s made to look like a spotlight (again, move/theater) on the main stars. The series does this a lot, but not always as obviously as this. Keep an eye out for all the times Kousei is drawn outside the light.
“When you appear, it’s what I want. It’s what I dread. What do they call this feeling?”
All the pain from Kousei’s past is brought up again when he remembers Kaori’s performance, yet it keeps playing in his mind. The series returns to this theme a lot so I wanted to point it out here. Confronting these feelings isn’t easy for Kousei, but he wants to feel them all the same.
Kaori was waiting for Watari, but Kousei remembers that he’s walking another girl home today. Kaori thankfully buys the story Kousei sells her as he tries to keep his friend safe, but she cheerfully tells him he’ll have to substitute instead. This couldn’t possibly have been on purpose now could it? 😛
Today’s track is the first one on the OST: Kimi wa Wasurerareru no. The translation I prefer for this one is “Will you forget?” Its one of my favorites, and the melody is reused in several other tracks also. It’s probably the closest that the series has to a ‘main’ theme.
If you recall, this played in the opening scene of ep 1 where Kaori sees the cat. That intro stopped at 27 seconds, but I think that’s right when gets really good. Fortunately this episode plays out the rest as Kousei is trying to convince her not to go look for Watari. It makes me happy every time I hear it.
I think I might be turning this last section into “stuff you should remember” but this is another motif that the show keeps returning to. Kousei remarks internally: “She’s tempestuous. Capricious. I can’t read her. But this girl… she’s beautiful.”
Kousei can’t understand Kaori. She’s nothing like him, but he can’t help that she amazes him. Watari explained to him in this episode that she’s in love, and that’s what makes her sparkle even more. It’s interesting to think about just what Kousei sees in this tempestuous girl as you go through the rest of the series.
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