The gloominess of the episode covered yesterday carries over into the next one, but cloudy skies eventually clear. Read more about the theme I picked out for this episode in the below post.
The group visits Kaori in the hospital after her collapse. Though she assures them she’s fine, a gloomy atmosphere follows Kousei and Tsubaki as they think about the Towa Hall performance. Kousei had fulfilled his agreement to assist Kaori, but is that the end of his commitment to the piano?
I covered this episode for last year’s event in the post linked here (new window). Have a look for my take on some key moments.
The theme I wanted to cover today is an expansion on the motif I mentioned in that post. Part of every performance is the performer’s connection to the audience. For Kaori, she’s already said that she lives for that feeling. Since Kousei has walked away from the piano, she wonders if he can really forget about it, and presses him on that question.
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“Can you forget it?”
It’s undeniable that Kousei and Kaori’s performance made an impact on the audience. Their applause at the end was similar to the standing ovation Kaori received in the first round, even with Kousei’s struggle to play. It’s not just the immediate aftermath of the concert where this applies, though. Watari underscores this point when Kousei walks by the practice field one day and Watari tells him how fired up he was after seeing them play. His exact words strike at the heart of this theme: “It’s burned into my mind. I’ll never forget it!”
Kaori knows what he’s feeling very well, because she’s experienced the sensation before and strives to reproduce it with every performance. Before he leaves the hospital when he and his friends visit her, she asks him directly if he can forget that feeling. In the short time she has spent with Kousei, Kaori understands better than most what the absence of music has been like for him, and challenges him to confront those feelings. Like with most everything she does, the words she told him as they took their bow for the audience are stuck in his mind: The people there won’t forget them, and she won’t forget it either – no matter what happens.
On the bridge, she tries to inspire him further by telling him (in the English dub) “Making music is like a heartbeat. Without it, you’re dead.” Kousei is a musician, and in Kaori’s mind that means it’s impossible for him to be who he really is if he abandons music. Kaori’s sentiments about this are often in terms of life or death, and for someone like Kousei it’s important that he realizes how serious she is about his playing piano again.
Indeed, there’s been a nagging insistence in Kousei’s mind as well ever since he saw Kaori’s first performance, and being there beside her on stage made him realize that playing for an audience is a special feeling he can’t ever forget. He drives the point home as he follows Kaori off the bridge into the water below, finally discarding any hesitation he had in accepting that fact.
What do you think about today’s theme? How are you enjoying the relationship threads that are forming? I would love to hear your thoughts on the episode so please do leave a comment and let me know your opinions.
And if you’ve been watching along with me, don’t forget to do the quiz as well!
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