春の中 – Inside Spring
What a way to turn on the water works.
僕は、暗いうみの底で、また一人ぼっちになる (boku wa, kurai umi no soko de, mata hitoribocchi ni naru) – I am going to be alone again at the bottom of the dark sea. Will you ever hate something so much that you’d be willing to take whatever excuse you can get to conveniently ‘give up’ on it? I am not entirely sure, but it seems as if that is the route that Kousei has chosen to take. He can’t hear the sound of the piano. Or to be more exact, the sound of his very own playing. Being the negative and very dark person that he is, he sees it as some form of punishment. However, I am more inclined to believe that this is the coping mechanism he had adopted to deal with the grief that he was then going through. And it has continued all this time because he refuses to let go of the past. Something is causing this hurt, and he does not want to bring himself to address the issue. He is alone, hurt and afraid, and such feelings do not simply go away. Kousei’s denial might be escapism at its most warped, but I highly doubt that he is taking the easy way out. Not completely at least, since he does see his inability to play the piano as a punishment after all.
Play even if you can’t play. If you can’t move your hands, then play with your feet. If you don’t have enough fingers, then use your nose as well (Mozart by a nose reference). What a speech! Kaori did it, she really did. She appointed Kousei as her accompanist. And just like that, she is going to drag him, kicking screaming and struggling, back into the classical music world. Oh missy, shouting and threatening someone is no way to call a favour. Using his childhood friend and best friend to force him into being your accompanist does not reflect very kindly on you either. Although, that was quite a LOL moment to lighten the mood (but yes, still doesn’t mean it should be done). That, as well as the bit about two people on one bicycle being forbidden by law (but we all know that from Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, don’t we hehe). I am so glad Kaori did it properly the second time round – bowing, then using her tears to get him to play; very sly, but very clever (and Taneda Risa cried so beautifully. The way her voice quivered was heartbreaking). The two of them barely know each other, but already they have such an odd relationship, one that is rather refreshing to watch. He admires her playing, she aspires to play like how he used to, and then there’s everything in between that happened the previous two episodes. Now that she has brought him out into the light (literally), one can only wonder how they will proceed from here.
私がいるじゃん (watashi ga iru jan) – But I’m here. Can’t? Kaori is absolutely right. Kousei does not / will not play the piano. It is not that he can’t, he simply won’t. Kaori is able to see right through him, and yet, despite being fully aware his current situation, she still wants him to be her accompanist. From Kaori’s point of view, as long as there is an audience that will listen and an opportunity to play, she will play with all she’s got. She wants to be remembered; to live on in the hearts of those who have heard her perform (at this, me thinks she’s going to die… really. There’s so much foreshadowing going on already… Something along the lines of Kaori dying a devastating death on the day that Kousei finally performs in front of an audience is right up this series’ alley *sobs*). She tells him she is there for him. But my question is, how long will she be??
無理かどうかは、女の子が教えてくれるさ (muri ka dou ka wa, onna no ko ga oshiete kureru sa) – Whether or not it is impossible, the girl will let you know.
Random thoughts. I loved the music used this episode. The strings track at 11:50 was adorable. And that track at 18:21 was beautifully mesmerising (that delicate turn~). I am not too familiar with Yokoyama Masaru‘s works (Arakawa, Machin-doll, Nobunaga Concerto), but after hearing that rooftop track, I am now a fan. The music was used to perfection in this episode – it was not only appropriate for the mood of the different scenes, but also helped put across all those emotions. Lovely. And if you, like me, are in desperate need of the music, it looks like we will not have to wait too long for this lovely OST, because it is scheduled to be released on 11 November 2014. And while on the topic of release dates, the KimiUso manga is scheduled to end early next year, and this is meant to coincide with the ending of this anime. This therefore means that this series will be a true manga adaptation. So very excites!! Thank you Akatsuki for so kindly sharing all that information ^^
Another thing that was lovely was of course, Hanae Natsuki’s performance. If you watched Tokyo Ghoul and was impressed by the range of emotions he presented with Kaneki, then you have to keep an ear out for his Kousei. His delivery here is so much more emotive, the feelings are practically tangible. His performance gives Kousei so much more depth, and adds many more dimensions to this already very complex character. And young him / taunting darker self him / female-like voice him, that was Hanae, not someone else. Wasn’t it convincing? Isn’t he amazing?? Alrighty, I shall stop here before I get too carried away. Finally, this episode had so many quotable phrases, that I could not help but incorporate a few into this review ^^
君は春の中にいる。掛け替えのない、春の中にいる (kimi wa, haru no naka ni iru. Kakegae no nai, haru no naka ni iru) – You exist in spring. You exist in a spring that can’t be replaced.
Classical music heard.
- Mozart’s Twelve Variations on “Ah vous dirai-je, Maman”, more famously known as the Twelve Variaions on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (in C major). Click ♪ ♫ to listen.
- Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata in C-sharp minor, 3rd movement. This was also played briefly in the first episode, and since I provided a link previously, I decided to include a different link, and one of the entire sonata. Click ♪ ♫ to listen.
- Saint-Saëns’ Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Minor. Click ♪ ♫ to listen.
- Saint-Saëns’ Introduction et Rondo Cappricioso in A Minor. This is the piece that Kaori will be playing for the next round of the competition, so expect to hear it next episode ^^ Click ♪ ♫ to listen.