Nagi and Kousei deliver a performance that impresses even Takeshi, who is none too happy about Kousei spending time with his sister. Another listener who caught the performance through her phone is moved by it enough to consider giving her all once more.
How sneaky, Watari. So now we know what the favor was that Kousei asked for. What a perfect way to show Kaori just what she’s missing by giving up. Technically this screenshot is out of sequence, but I liked this shot better than the one where he’s pulling his phone out of his pocket.
For once Kousei finds the sounds of the notes distracting and decides to turn it up a notch. I’m sure to Nagi he must have seemed like a demon at that point, as if he’s trying to sabotage everything they worked for. Kousei knows full well what he’s doing though, and it pushes Nagi to step up as well.
We see this scene right after we see Watari holding the phone up. Kaori looks like she’s stunned too, but we can’t tell because her back is turned. She might want Kousei to forget, but he’s going to make sure she doesn’t.
As they play, Nagi begins to understand Kousei, and that he isn’t a machine to be destroyed by her brother. The emotion he pours into his performance finds an audience in her as well, and everything they shared comes flooding back to her.
Likewise her struggles to prepare for this event help her understand Takeshi, and how hard it was for him not to be able to reach Kousei’s level. But now, rather than wanting to relieve his suffering, she wants him to fight and prove himself the hero she looked up to.
Kousei’s plan seems to work as Kaori imagines herself playing along with them. With Nagi’s words in the backdrop “why does does sound you make echo so beautifully?” we see the kind of effect Kousei has on his audience, even when they aren’t there.
As Nagi takes a bow, she realizes she doesn’t have the be the Phantom, admiring from behind the scenes, but rather Christine standing center stage. It’s a nice way to wrap up her small arc, as she’s able to be proud of her own accomplishment thanks to Kousei.
Hiroko finishes her lesson to Kousei as well in a way, revealing that this is what teaching is all about. When the pupil is able to move past whatever is limiting them and really come into their own. Teaching someone that helped Kousei understand how meaningful his own journey has been, and the lasting effect he can have on people.
Nagi totally pulls a fast one on Kousei, though to be honest she could have probably used the Aiza name from the beginning and he wouldn’t have remembered.
Takeshi finally has the fire of competition in him again after seeing Kousei play like his old self. From previous episodes it seems like Takeshi has been struggling a little for lack of inspiration, but Kousei is a very different player than he was before.
Is this how Kaori passes her time at the hospital? She must have caught a bit of the musical bug after hearing Kousei play. I don’t know who these kids are though. And of course she’s playing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. The first song she heard Kousei play when she appointed him as Watari’s stand in back in episode 2, and the song they sang together on a bike ride home on an ordinary but unforgettable summer night.
I love this shot for what it represents. Kousei tells her he can’t kill himself with her, because he would just be following her again. He’s decided to take the lead, and is now the one inspiring Kaori where she inspired him before. Remember the scenes on the roof before? Kaori was always the one standing before Kousei, but now they’ve switched.
Kousei tells her she doesn’t have to be a princess and that he won’t play Ravel anymore (and I think that’s the final Ichigo Dōmei reference). All he wants from her is one more duet. A plea as simple at the one she asked him for, yet much harder for her to fulfill. Still, we see for the first time in a long time, Kaori showing a glimmer of hope again.
I’m stretching with today’s track choice, but they do play it at the very beginning of the episode as Kousei is explaining to Nagi why he wishes to be in her school festival. Colorful ni Irozuite Yuku, which best translates as far as I can tell to “colorfully colored” goes back another theme central to this series. At this point, Kousei is trying to bring some color back to Kaori’s dour world, and he knows he can do it if he has a stage.
The trill of piano notes that starts this piece sounds like a chirping bird, preceding the otherwise deeper notes that conjure up the imagery of a warm morning. There is a sense of peace about the way this track opens, and the optimism of the main melody that starts a minute in further accents the hopefulness that the track carries. It’s the way the world looks, full of color, when you have something special in your heart.
When Kousei invites her to play a duet with him again, Kaori remarks to herself that she thought she was satisfied because her dream had come true. At this point in the series, they had not made it clear just what her dream was.
This leaves viewers wondering exactly what it was she was referring to, as well as why was that her dream? Though Kaori feels like she has something more to accomplish now, her original goal, which she believes has been met, is not revealed until 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.