My theme-centric coverage of Your lie in April continues with the sixth episode. Read onward for my analysis of how the characters connect with each other through an unexpected medium.
Kousei agrees to enter a piano competition but soon regrets that choice as he discovers how unprepared he is. Kaori tries to guide him along and challenges him to come up with the imagery he wants his performance to express. Growing increasingly upset over how close Kousei and Kaori are getting, Tsubaki can’t seem to focus.
I covered this episode for last year’s event in this post (new window). Have a look for my take on key moments and some bonus material about the piece Kousei is practicing.
As the notable motif of that post points out, pain is sometimes an important factor in an artist’ ability to create. Today I’ll expand on this idea and point out how this episode uses the concept of pain in developing its characters.
Please bear in mind that the below post may have spoilers for episode 6. Also, while I will answer your comments according to whether I know you have seen the series or not, there is no guarantee about other users’ comments!
The episode starts exploring this topic quite literally from its opening moments with a young Kousei wailing because of a scraped knee. Tsubaki is similarly hurting from what she thinks is a broken ankle, but has the burden of carrying Kousei home because she’s the more mature one. The focus on physical injuries is short though, since the aspect which carries forward past this moment is how something as unpleasant as pain can connect people together.
Kousei has undergone a lot of emotional pain, and still lives with much of it in the present day. Kaori realizes it as soon as she sees Kousei’s dusty and abandoned piano room. The piano hurts and scares Kousei so much that he decided to throw away his greatest talent just to avoid facing those memories again. Seeing her reaction to the state of his room, including a sorrowful apology as she leans over the piano, we can see that she’s was struck by his level of pain as well.
She explains her stance when Tsubaki brings up the fact that returning to the piano is hurting Kousei when she replies: “He’s suffering, but that’s where the music will come from. That’s the way we can make the music come to life.” This isn’t the last time the series will express the idea of artistry being fueled by pain, but it’s another part of being a musician that Tsubaki doesn’t understand. This is something she laments on more than one occasion in this episode as she feels like Kaori is starting to overtake her in Kousei’s life.
Her sentiments about how Kousei an Kaori are on a “whole other world” aren’t unfounded, because we can see how much more Kaori connects with him. She returns to the music room to speak to him late in the evening and asks if he resents her for what she’s pushing him to do. Both girls understood that he was hurting, but as a fellow musician and someone who pours her heart and soul into her music, Kaori is the one who feels it the same was Kousei does.
Not to leave Tsubaki behind, we see her reconnect with Kousei in a small way after she injures her ankle during her last game. With Kousei being the one to carry her home this time, his unexpected words in reference to her femininity help her realize she hasn’t become invisible to him. She’s hurting more than just physically, but being able to share just a little of that with Kousei reminds her of the childhood they shared to bring her tears of happiness rather than sorrow.
What do you think about suffering bringing people together, or fueling an artist’s expressionism? The relationship drama really starts to unfold in this episode as well, so I would love to know what you thought about it.
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