カゲささやか – The Shadows Whisper
*takes a deep breath, tries to calm down* Okay so instead of agonising over that cliffhanger, I shall focus on all that went on before that. So here goes… I so very much like that Kaori makes Kousei smile ^^
The good. I like that she cheers him up. I like that she makes him blush. I like that she makes him see reason. I like that she makes him want to believe in music. I like that she is able to be such a calming and soothing presence for him. I like that she is helping him get back on his feet. I like that she is changing him, little by little. Kaori is the light in Kousei’s world of shadows; the twinkling stars that light up his night sky; the silver lining to his dark cloud; his rainbow after a thunderstorm; the colourful in his monotone. The two of them have such an odd and yet beautiful friendship, it is lovely to see her encourage him and in turn see him respond so positively towards her words and actions. While it is obvious that Kousei is still struggling with his inner demons, I can’t help but feel somewhat relieved knowing that Kaori is around (for now) to help him through this trying period. Thanks to Kaori, Kousei is no longer running away from his issues, but facing them head on.
The bad. Last episode saw the introduction of two rivals. This week, we got to know them a little better. Aiza Takeshi (Kaji Yuuki, most definitely playing yet another brat) and Igawa Emi (Hayami Saori, whose soft and willowy voice I have definitely missed) were in the same circle as Kousei and often competed and lost to him. Taking into consideration that both Takeshi and Emi are pretty much the cream of the crop, it made losing to him even more painful, because that showed just how far ahead Kousei was. This time, they are back and more vicious than ever. Kousei has definitely got his hands full, what with playing while not being able to hear the notes and having to now (very passively) deal with these two. Things really aren’t going very well for our main character… the poor boy. Of course, I am enjoying every moment of it, because what is competition without a little bad blood friendly rivalry?
The ugly. While competitions bring out the best in people, they also bring out the worst. To many of the younger generation who seek something ‘more’ from music, it does not sit well with them that one is able to win simply by following the score faithfully. And of course, this sparks resentment, jealousy and ill will; such negative feelings manifest and are directed towards Kousei, the boy who is able to follow the score and play EXACTLY as the composer intended. While it baffles me as to why people behave in this manner, there is no denying that such is human nature. Harsh as it is, it is the ugly truth of our very warped world. That said, I still have to ask, what’s so wrong with Kousei’s way of playing? This is classical music after all. Human nature aside, faithful interpretation is the very bedrock of classical music. And so, even though I am aware that such feelings in people can’t really be helped, I personally can’t help but think that if them other competitors feel slighted that someone wins because of his faithful interpretation. All’s I can say is, you’re in the wrong genre young ones *nods*
Last week, we heard snippets of Chopin’s Etude Op. 25 No. 5 played by Kousei, and Etude Op. 25 No. 11 played by Emi. And I was despairing over the absence of Etude Op. 10 No. 4, because there simply can’t be a Chopin Etude play-off without my absolute favourite etude of his. So I was beyond ecstatic when this week, it was revealed that Takeshi is going to be playing the said etude. Then of course there had to be that cliffhanger at the end. His hands were set above the keyboard and the episode ended! Oh KimiUso, what a way to tease us viewers!! Then again, this just speaks volumes of this series’ ability to keep viewers so drawn into the show. One episode of KimiUso always feels far too short. And this episode particularly, I was panicking the entire time, and kept checking the timing to see just how many minutes of the episode there were left.
Classical music heard. Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 870. Click ♪ ♫ to listen~ and Schubert’s Piano Sonata No. 16 in A Minor, D. 845. Click ♪ ♫ to listen~ also, in anticipation of Takeshi’s performance, even though not heard this episode, I hereby furnish the link to Chopin’s Etude Etude Op. 10 No. 4 in C-sharp Minor (because I am just so excited for it!). Click ♪ ♫ to listen~ (kiseki comment: I tend to favour Pollini’s interpretation of Chopin Etudes, but I had to include a link of a live performance so we can see just how lightning quick the hands & fingers move! Lol I know, I’m having a field day with this! (^_^;) ahaha..)