Your Theme in April: Ep 6 – On the Way Home

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.


Intro

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!


Pain

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.

Image of Kaori looking in at the dusty, dark piano room

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.

Image of Kaori crying as she thinks about how she hurt Kousei

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.

Be sure to also do the quiz, for prizes or just for fun!


Your Quiz in April

7 thoughts on “Your Theme in April: Ep 6 – On the Way Home

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  1. Not going to lie, took a total stab at the quiz this week. I honestly didn’t remember. About the only part of this episode that sticks is the piano room itself, so my knowledge of this episode is about as dusty as that piano was. That rewatch is looking more and more needed.

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    1. Well, you’ll never see me telling someone not to watch this show, but if you’re strapped for time I’ll refer you to my post from last year on this episode, linked in the “Intro” section of this one.

      Yes I’m low key trying to get you to reread a 1 year old post 😛

      This was a bit of a slower episode though, so I can’t quite blame you for being a bit hazy on the details. This is rewatch #5 for me so I’m probably over obsessed at this point. Kimmie gets a question wrong every now and then because she refuses to watch this past a certain episode.

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  2. This episode is beautiful, it’s my favorite one so far. I think the aspect of pain reaches far more than just with music, and to me when Kaori is talking about pushing past the pain she’s not just referring to music – though honestly it is a huge part of making music lol. But ugh the parallels in this episode that spring from comparing everything to making music are just so gorgeous, because just like in the music room you can’t push your pain away in life and have to face it head on, like Kaori is slowly teaching Kousei.

    Also the lie in this episode was really easy to pick out after watching haha. The last few were a little tricky!

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    1. Lol, yes, I try to design these quizzes to be easy if you’ve actually watched the episode so I’m glad that this one wasn’t hard to catch.

      Kaori is almost certainly talking about more than music in that scene, as she’s had to deal with more. I think the key part of her message is courage – courage to get up on stage no matter what holds you back and courage to go after the things you want. It’s a really beautiful part, as you said, and I can see why you like it.

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  3. Hmmm. I’m torn on the message that suffering leads to bonding or inspiration. Sometimes it does and sometimes the person just snaps. Tsubaki has a point, but like what you said in the comment section for the previous episodic (and thematic) discussion, Kousei really does want to go back to playing piano.

    I’m usually lukewarm towards relationship drama, but it’s very much justified in Your Lie in April considering the characters’ ages.

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    1. Were this a real life scenario, I don’t think any professional counselor would recommend the same course of action for Kousei. An overload of these negative emotions can make people snap, but for someone like Kousei who is emotionally locked away because he’s afraid of his feelings, I think some measure of exposure therapy could be needed. The series does similarly stretch realism to a point, but I don’t think it ever reaches the breaking point.

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