Still troubled by Kaori’s situation, Kousei tries to teach Nagi the importance of wanting to play for someone else. As he sees Kaori begin to give up, he comes upon an idea that may motivate her. Nagi’s school festival begins, and everyone is surprised by her partner.
Tsubaki can’t seem to decide it fixing the problem between Kaori and Kousei is a good idea or not. Kashiwagi is staunchly on her side, counseling her not to push Kousei towards the competition, but Tsubaki doesn’t want to see him hurting either. For some viewers her back and forth is frustrating to watch, but I think watching Tsubaki try to figure herself out is a great part of her character.
Kousei wisely tells Nagi the value of playing for someone else when she insults her classmate. As someone who was brought back into the world of music out of a desire to play for one person, he knows from experience.
Kousei hears Pavane for a Dead Princess and promptly freaks out. This is another reference to Ichigo Dōmei as this song is played for the character Naomi on her deathbed. Kousei is so terrified of the parallels with Kaori that he wishes he was deaf. Poor guy.
Watari doesn’t understand Kousei’s problem, or maybe understands a bit too well. His concern for both Kaori and Kousei is touching. Even if he’s a little rough with his best friend beforehand, but he knows that visiting Kaori is important for Kousei as well.
I always thought this was kind of strange, and I never quite figured it out. Kaori asked Kousei to bring her dad’s canelés, but Kousei always buys them from Ueno instead of Ma-Fille. Is Ueno simply on the way to the hospital? Is he afraid to face her parents? He never once has a bag from Ma-Fille.
As much as Kaori tried to help Kousei before, she can see how much pain she’s causing him now, and is probably the reason she hid her illness. Now that the cat’s out of the bag, what can she do to make things better? Her solution is to press a mental reset button. Forget about her, forget about what they shared. Go back to the way things were before they met. It sounds bitter the way I said it, but she tells him with a cheerful smile.
Her suggestion is of course unacceptable. To punish her for such a foolish comment, he eats all her canelés. It’s silly, and it gets her to laugh at least. It really was nice to hear Kaori laugh again in any case.
Kousei begs Nagi to let him participate in her school festival. Why? He has a friend that needs a good kick in the butt. This really plays well into what Kousei has learned motivates Kaori, and shows his growth as both a friend and a performer.
Nagi’s sequence here is rather significant. She’s in the same situation Kousei was in, crippled by fear, but without the psychological issues he had. What Hiroko is able to do this time that he couldn’t with the machine-like Kousei is tell Nagi about the one thing performers search for when they go on stage. The fear is present for every pianist, including Takeshi Aiza, but it’s all worth it for the feeling of performing.
I really love Watari sometimes. He doesn’t have the best character arc in this series, but he plays the support character so well. What’s the favor? Doesn’t matter. Kousei is the one asking, so he’ll do it.
Kousei by now recognizes the nervousness that comes before a performance. The worry over not knowing if your music will reach the person you play for. He’s scared too, but in the role of a teacher he tries to teach Nagi to relax. It’s one of the small benefits his short time as a teacher brought him in being able to pass on what he’s learned.
Today’s featured track is Watashi no Uso – piano solo. This plays for a decent amount of time in this episode, starting when Nagi is begins to feel the pressure of her impending performance. The translation of the title, “My Lie,” ties back to the central theme of this series. Once again the choice to use the piano solo expresses the moment. Nagi, as a pianist, is dealing with her lies on her own. She kept up a show of strength for her friends and her school, but was on the verge of breaking inside.
Those of you who remember Kimi ga Iru (from ep 7) will recognize the melody. This track adds a little more depth with a tighter pace and stronger left hand presence. The rich chords starting from around 0:47 onward makes the piece sound grand, but there is a rather simple melody at the heart of it. A small lie, that brings with it so much feeling.
No new motif which carries over that I could think of. To be fair, coming in toward the end of the series the show is closing the loop on some of these rather that introducing new ones. Re-watchers, can you think of anything?
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.