Kousei is assigned to be Watari’s stand in for trip to the dessert shop where he’s forced into showing off his piano skills. Kaori tells him she needs a new accompanist, but there’s a reason Kousei is hesitant to accept.
Not going to lie, those waffles look really good but Kaori’s reaction is strong all the same. Also she got the special on the the sign in front of the store because she’s adventurous. I always just get the one thing I know is good.
It looks like Kousei finds her indulgent behavior kind of endearing. Crazy musician one moment and normal girl the next. I’ll bet Kousei never thought talented musicians could have normal lives, much less enjoy them.
Tempestuous. Capricious. Kaori can be a monster when she doesn’t like what you have to say. “Kids don’t want to hear your lame excuses.” Kousei even remarks before this that she’s patient with children but attacks someone her own age with a melodica. Kaori is indeed super nice to kids for some reason.
I though to the scene right before this where Kousei is literally turning heads in the shop as he plays Mozart’s rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, confirming Kaori’s belief that it’s a “happy piano.” This was the more striking moment, though. Kousei is undeniably talented, but something is fundamentally broken inside him.
“A life without music is death.” Kaori says dramatic stuff like this a lot, but there’s a serious conviction in her voice with this statement. How deeply does she understand the lack of music in Kousei’s life?
She’s not giving him a choice either way. Another iconic moment: “I choose Friend A to be my accompanist.” Kaori knows that Kousei is broken, and the only way she knows to fix him is to drag him back to music like she did at the end of the first episode.
Kousei is being difficult, and Kaori wonders if her persistence is actually bad for him. Watch how carefully she approaches the subject with Tsubaki, telling her that she wouldn’t ask if she didn’t know he was an amazing pianist. It seems Kaori already knows how protective Tsubaki is of him.
Tsubaki is also pretty sadistic though, and they both pester him to the point of insanity. To be honest, I would be pretty happy about hearing Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso playing throughout my school. Maybe not for a whole week, though.
This whole scene is pretty interesting, as it’s one of the few times they draw rain despite it being Spring (Thank you Kimmie for pointing this out!). Tsubaki has mixed feelings about pushing Kousei to play. Perhaps even about pushing him to play with Kaori. Kaori, however, does the gloomiest thing of all by requesting a stop at the hospital.
A great scene that illustrates what I was talking about with light. The shadow cast by the building makes sense, as does Kousei hiding behind it to eat his lunch. Still, they show Kaori standing in the light opposite him. She’s willing to put herself out there. He’s not. It’s subtle, but telling.
The cat is a repeated motif as well. It speaks with his voice here, telling him he has an excuse to step off the stage now that he can’t hear the notes. Keep an eye on this little guy and see if you can figure out what he represents by the end.
Kousei steps into the light when he decides to be her accompanist. A bit on the nose here, but important considering the point I made above. Also, he remembers Watari’s uncannily wise words again. Kousei is not confident at all that he can do this, or that he’ll be any good, but that’s up to the girl to decide.
In the final scene as they race through town on stolen bikes, Kousei seems to be noticing the vibrant color for the first time. I love this moment because it’s the exact point that spark in him rekindles. The town looks beautiful, because he’s actually looking forward to something.
Today’s song was an obvious pick: Yuujin A kun wo Watashi no Bansousha ni Ninmei Shimasu (“I will appoint Friend A as my accompanist”).
The track feels a little tense. Like you’re being led to the precipice of something. You might be nervous to approach, but what lies beyond is beautiful. Being an admitted musical novice, I don’t know if that’s what it was going for, but it’s how I felt hearing it.
Following the tradition of important motifs in this section, this one is pretty sweet. Kousei is lost in his own world of despair, reflecting on how alone he feels when he plays. Kaori’s answer is so very simple, yet moving, and it instantly snaps him back to reality. “You’ll have me this time.” What a difference a simple offer to stand by someone can make, even if it changes nothing about their situation.
Also Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is going to be used again.
That’s all for today. Let me know what you think! If you missed a post, catch up on the re watch party at this link