The competition date approaches, yet Kousei is not sure he’ll be able to play the song the way he wants to. Kaori believes Kousei will succeed if he plays with sincerity, and makes him believe as well. On the day of the competition, Kousei meets a pair of old rivals.
The cat comes back to taunt Kousei, saying he’s not Chopin and that even if he gets laughed off the stage, it’s better than being abandoned. It seems a strange thing to say, at first, but we do see later that there is a connection with a cat Kousei used to have.
Watari puts on a brave face in front of the others and his team, but the loss hurts just as much as Tsubaki’s. It’s incredibly rare to see this kind of emotion from him, as it seems he tries to hide his pain as much as possible.
Kousei is feeling pressure to succeed now that Tsubaki and Watari lost their games. Notice though that neither they nor Kaori show their pain in front of others. Kousei is the only one who’s almost crippled by the thought of failure where they face it bravely.
The story Kousei tells about his cat, Chelsea, is pretty sad. Pets don’t know when they’ve done something wrong like that, so for Saki to abandon her somewhere is really cruel. Any risk to her son’s hands won’t be tolerated, though.
Being unable to stop her seems to be what bothers Kousei the most, and he laments that he’s never been his own person.
Kaori easily rattles off some things that are semi-unique about him. It’s not exactly the same question he asked Tsubaki before, but Kaori doesn’t seem to have any trouble answering. Also, compare her statement “You’re not Chopin after all” to what the cat told him. Coming from her, it makes him feel better.
How is Kousei not supposed to fall for her when she does things like this? Such simple gestures that ease away his worries, and Peanuts quotes to lighten the mood. She helps him move forward in so many ways that he can’t help but want to do his best for her.
Kershel 265? That’s a bit of a stretch, Kaori, but the intent is clear. Kousei is even laughing now before he heads into the concert hall.
We get a bit of backstory on the rivals, if you can call them that since no one can seem to come close to beating Kousei. They both have wanted to beat him for a long time, but Kousei doesn’t even remember them. Remy, doesn’t this sound a lot like Rei Kiriyama also? Immersed in playing, but disconnected from all the players.
It looks like other kids aren’t so impressed by Kousei either. Essentially people see him as a robot who is no fun to listen to. Kaori seems a little wistful as she explains this, since she’s been trying to get him to play with some heart during his practice.
Takeshi piece, Op 10 no 4, is nicknamed “Torrent.” It has a high difficulty, but that’s to be expected since he won this competition last year. His only reason for entering again this year instead of going to Germany was to have another shot at beating Kousei. At least the rivalry is pretty serious from his side.
Today’s soundtrack choice is Kimi ga Iru (I have you). It was played while Kaori placed her palm up against Kousei’s and is a pretty fitting title for the moment. Kaori’s support has been vital in getting him back on his feet, and Kousei always feels inspired when he thinks about her.
The melody is a simpler version of another popular track from the OST Watashi no Uso. You’ll be able to understand the distinctions after I eventually share that one, but what struck me about this track is the uneven pace. It’s very sad and beautiful sounding, but the notes follow an almost erratic flow. This one is a piano solo, so it may have a lot to do with Kousei’s uncertain playing. It could also be his mood shifting from worried to relaxed again and again.
I don’t have a theme to watch out for this week, but I wanted to point out that Kousei is wearing one of the prizes I have for this event. His “No Life is Enough” shirt is a good piece of low-key fan wear that doesn’t come off as geeky but people who love this show will still recognize it.
Although you might get everyone else asking you what in the world it means. I couldn’t really tell you. I’m not sure if it was ever explained by this anime’s staff either.
That’s all I had today, now tell me what you think! If you missed a post, catch up on the re-watch party here