A difficult choice for Tsubaki is seemingly made for her and she’s forced once again to confront how she feels about Kousei. An unexpected new character literally falls into Kousei’s lap and further complicates his life while he struggles with visiting Kaori.
Pretty sure this was me as a kid. Saving a clay sculpture I made only to have it crack and break when I wanted to show someone. It’s sad but adorable how upset she gets, and just really sweet when Kousei reaches out to pet her head to comfort her.
The way Tsubaki’s expression changes as she hears Kousei talking is great, especially the momentary happiness when he says he might not be able to test into the far away school. Of course, he’ll just go to Europe if that happens. Tsubaki isn’t ready to confront him about that, and is actively avoiding him.
While she can’t seem to figure out which way to go, Saitou chooses his path. I can’t blame this guy one bit for breaking up with her. He wants a relationship with someone that likes him, and he sees that Tsubaki isn’t really happy with him. It might have hurt Tsubaki in the moment, but it needed to happen.
I thought this shot was really interesting. In her vision she’s back on the beach where she walked with Kousei, but she’s the only one there. The others have moved on, but she’s the only one frozen in time. She desperately tries to hold onto those memories they shared as if their lives would never change.
What Kousei says to her is kind of predictable, but it’s just really sweet regardless. He’s been around Tsubaki long enough to know she doesn’t open up easily. The best thing he can do is not let her push him away, and passively remind her that he’s there. “If you don’t care whether I stay or not, then I’ll stay with you.”
Tsubaki knows that the statement is a lie. Even if says he’ll stay with her, she will lose him to distance or to Kaori. At least in realizing this, Tsubaki understands that she has to decide how important Kousei is to her and make her move.
Kousei makes some pretty obvious excuses not to see Kaori. Is it fear over what he might see, or feeling like it’s not his place to visit?
If I’m being honest, Nagi Aizato’s introduction is kind of strange. A lot of viewers don’t like her part in the story and see it as something of a distraction. Keep in mind, though, that having Kousei trying to teach someone shows us a side of his relationship to the piano that we haven’t seen. Hiroko is the one who assigns him to do it, after all, when he needs to practice for competitions. There must be some reason she thinks it’s important.
Well, he almost made it to her room but the sound of Watari’s voice scares him away. Kousei still feels like he’s intruding, but also you have to wonder how he feels seeing Kaori and Watari together. She seems to have a sense of what’s going on when she calls him, though. No explanation as to how she got his number or anything. Just goes right into talking about canelés.
When he tries to get close to Kaori, he’s reminded that she likes Watari. When he ignores her, she approaches him herself – just like a cat. That’s what he loves about her.
Kousei is a cat person.
This was hard to watch. Kaori being her bright and cheerful self moments before screaming in frustration and hitting her legs when they won’t move. It’s scary to think about what’s happening to her, and sad to see how her condition is making her act.
This episode uses a couple of soft melancholy tracks to accompany the more emotional moments, but my track for today is different. Omotta Yori Ooki na (Bigger than I thought) is played when Nagi meets Hiroko, and gives a sense of the more playful nature of that part of the episode. Plus I needed to save the others for other episodes. In fact, one of the reasons I’m posting this a little late today is that I needed to go back through the subsequent episodes and make sure I wasn’t burning a track that I wanted to use later.
This track sounds frivolous and easy going, using a keyboard and other percussion instruments as opposed to the strings and piano of the ‘deeper’ tracks. Still, I feel like there’s a bit of mischief in the way its melody repeatedly leads up before abrupt stops. It reminds me of the way Nagi was pranking Kousei, and I think works well as her character theme at this point.
A brief scene to keep us up to date with what the rivals are doing highlights something important about them. Takeshi’s mirage was Kousei walking away from him while he chased behind. He always wanted Kousei to turn around and acknowledge him. Emi sees Kousei ahead of her as well, but wants him to keep looking ahead so he can see when she surpasses him.
Emi is confident in herself, and that confidence pays off in this latest competition. Takeshi’s behavior seems to indicate that she beat him, and his response is anger. In general, Takeshi responds negatively when he can’t prove himself, which is something which will be touched on later.
That’s all I have for today, now let me know what you think! If you missed one of the episode posts, catch up on the re-watch party at this link.