響け – Let it Ring
There was red, there was yellow, there was anger, there was loneliness… Emi’s Winter Wind was absolutely chilling.
Takeshi’s performance was good, but Emi’s was astounding (I never tire of the way the audience (over)reacts to a “different” and “more special” piano playing, because I can never tell! Lol). I guess that is what Kaori meant when she said to translate those feelings into the notes that they play. For someone who had fallen behind the pack over the past couple of years, she sure rose to the occasion this time round. I suppose that is what happens when you get to be on the same stage as the one who inspired you to start playing the piano, and in Emi’s case, her resolve sure did resonate in her playing.
What I find particularly interesting, is how much of an impact Kousei has had on the both of them (as well as many others, I am sure). They both resent that Kousei is (or was) so far ahead of them, but at the same time they look up to him and aspire to be the pianist that he is – Takeshi’s reaction of pure delight when Kousei praised him was both adorable and hilarious. It was the obsession to catch up with him that pushed them both to greater heights, and one could tell from their emotive performances that they poured all that they had into the playing.
Another thing that was interesting was the different ways in which Takeshi and Emi handled Kousei’s disappearance from the competitive classical music world. In the eyes of both Takeshi and Emi, Kousei is the only motivation. When he disappeared, Takeshi worked so much harder, because he wanted to prove that he could beat Kousei (on the off chance that Kousei returned). On the other hand, Emi fell behind because the source of her motivation had disappeared; because the goal she should have conquered had disappeared.
Now that Kousei has indeed made his return to the competitive classical music world, will it be first, second and third again like the old times? Looks like we will have to keep watching for a couple more episodes to find out.