Kaori and Kousei begin practicing their piece for the Gala event, but Kousei is still having doubts about playing in general. Reflecting on everything his friends have been telling him, he starts to believe he can find a way out of the darkness.
After a 2 days break, the re-watch party is back at full speed! The first half ended on an ominous line, and I’m sure many viewers are eager for what the second half will bring.
We get an OP and ED change starting from this episode. Nanairo Symphony is a super upbeat song isn’t it? It’s balanced though, by the emotionally heavy ED Orange.
As for the format of these posts I’ve added headings in each section after Crystal told me they’re helpful with screen readers. Let me know how they work out.
With that, on to the episode!
Kousei simply isn’t putting his heart into this peice, and Kaori says she doesn’t know why, but it seems like she might have some idea, as the flashback shows that she found the piece on his shelf while she was snooping.
Kousei does a little investigation of his own. Liebeslied (Love’s Sorrow) is the companion piece to Kreisler’s other work Liebesfreud (Love’s Joy). Both were on his shelf, but look at how worn the booklet for Liebeslied is. The versions on his shelf, however, are Sergei Rachmanainoff’s renditions for solo piano.
This is where we learn that the song was a favorite of Saki’s, and was often used for Kousei’s lullaby. No wonder he has anxiety about playing it.
As expected, talking to Hiroko gives some more depth to Kousei’s mother. Like a child with limited world experience would, Kousei wonders if she hated him. Hiroko’s answer “She was sick and angry, but she was your mom” expresses in one statement how shortsighted he is. Furtherore, Hiroko believes that only by playing again will Kousei be able to let go of his bad memories of Saki.
After an initial scare, we see that Kaori’s parents love Kousei. I don’t know if loading him up with sweets in the evening is such a good idea though. Dad’s comment of “So that was Arima” pretty much confirms that they hear about him a lot from Kaori.
More obvious foreshadowing that’s still painful to think about. Kaori’s firework goes out as she says she hasn’t really thought about what she’s going to do after middle school. Is she saying it won’t even be a matter of months until she’s not with them?
Kousei raises his hands up like he’s playing air piano again, but the setting is important here. Even as he’s literally sinking into water, there’s a light that shines through the darkness, and he hums Liebeslied in his head. I’m not sure how much of this is conscious thought, but it looks like he’s starting to break through that darkness that consumes him while he’s performing.
Totally wasn’t here to see Kouse at all! Our resident tsundere, everybody.
What are the chances she and her family already left for the concert hall and she left her phone at home? #Optimism.
Calm down, Miike. You’re aout 40 years too young to be acting like those stuffy judges. Of course, there is more to this than him taking a pot shot at Kaori. Kousei’s entire view of music has changed, and even while conceding the finale spot to Miike, he’s determined to prove that Kaori’s approach to music is right.
And so he goes on stage without Kaori. But Liebeslied is a duet, isn’t it?
Today’s musical track is Maru de Eiga no One Scene no you ni (Just Like That One Movie Scene). This played for the first time in episode 2 when Kousei pointed out that Kaori’s approach toward them was like a movie scene. In this episode, it plays during the pool scene after Kaori declares that she and Friend A are going to shine like stars. Watari joins her in flailing their sparklers and Kousei remarks they look great together.
The solitary piano notes feature in this one again as the background plays out, moving along almost as if the piano wasn’t there. The piano is the one watching the scene, unsure if it really has a part in it. The resulting sound isn’t exactly sad, but it’s not happy either. That isn’t to say that it’s dull though. Like the dramatic scene of a movie, there is a sense of tension and foreboding.
As Kaori walks Kousei to the end of the street after he meets her parents, he finds himself thinking about this moment. Nothing stands out about the meaningless small talk and familiar scenery, but he’ll remember it always.
This isn’t as strong a repeated motif as some of the others, but the idea here is that small insignificant moments can become unforgettable. You can probably guess the events of the night weren’t what made it so, but the person he was with.
That’s all I had for today. I hope the break gave you some time to catch up with watching the episodes, so let me know what you think! If you missed a post, you can catch-up o the re-watch party at this page.