足跡 – Footsteps
To everyone who’s anyone who watches this show, it brings me great pleasure to share with you, if you haven’t already found out, that the OST has finally been released. And it is simply stunning.
Now that that very important announcement is out of the way, it is time for the review proper. There was a major shift in focus this episode, with the spotlight affixed on Tsubaki in the second half. It would seem that, with all these love polygon type shows, the characters are always in denial. We saw it with Kousei and we see it now with Tsubaki. She insisted, twice even, that Kousei’s like a little brother to her, whom she just wants to see happy. In spite of her persistence on the matter, she still cried and ran off in a huff when Kousei revealed that his plans to go away for high school. Denial can only protect you so much after all, can’t it?
Supporting character Kashiwagi was introduced a few episodes earlier but did not particularly stand out too much. After this episode, I feel a tad bad for having ignored her presence, because she really went out of her way this episode to show what a good friend to Tsubaki she is – reasoning with Tsubaki, even buying juice for Watari so that he would help her reason with Tsubaki. She might have been overlooked, but there should be no overlooking of her advice. “Like” and “don’t dislike” really are worlds apart, and I do hope that Tsubaki, foolish as she has been acting, snaps out of her bubble soon.
As always, the heaviness of this series is relieved a little by the light moments peppered throughout the episode. However, this episode was definitely quite heavier than usual. And all signs point towards Kaori’s (deteriorating?) condition. She might have put on a tough and cheery exterior when the three visited her at the hospital, but Kousei was not to be fooled – he saw through her all too rehearsed response. Previously, Kaori mentioned having not given the future much thought. This episode, when asked if she would be back for the next school term, she responded positively without so much as a hint of hesitation. To the not so discerning eye, that would not be anything out of the ordinary. But Kousei is no ordinary by-stander here, he harbours feelings for Kaori; so little oddities will of course not go unnoticed.
The parallels between Kaori’s and Kousei’s mother’s situations are so obvious, it is once again so foreboding to think that Kousei might lose Kaori. He is so afraid that she might leave him just like his mother did, and I am sure viewers are so afraid for him. He really has just started picking his life up again, with the daily practice of Hanon and Czerny (kiseki comment: good on you, Kousei! Way to keep that finger dexterity and agility. Kaori’s right though, put in some Chopin etudes and Liszt virtuosity for good measure!), and now having decided to study a music course. And as much as I would hate for Kaori to leave him, I honestly wonder how he will handle that (inevitable) loss. And when the time comes, I am definitely counting on Hanae to pull off a spectacular performance, as he has been throughout the entire series so far. He has been very impressive all this time, but I thought he deserved a shout out this episode, because oh boy did he deliver such a range.
This episode might have been heavy, but it was such a feast not only for the ears, but also for the eyes. The art was beautiful – the amount of work that went into drawing that starry moonlit sky. First with the facial expressions and now with the scenery, A-1 Pictures is proving itself to be one of the front running production houses these couple of seasons solely based on its what it has done with KimiUso. Here’s me, just soaking in every moment of it.
And in line with this episode’s usage of repetition to lay on the emphasis, I shall repeat myself. The OST has been released and it is absolutely, breathtakingly beautiful. Akatsuki’s even professed to not having enough hearts to give out for it. So if you haven’t already had a listen, I strongly urge you to please do.
Classical music heard. Chopin’s Nocturne No. 8 in D-flat Major (which was played briefly at the end of the previous episode). Click ♪ ♫ to listen~ and Debussy’s Clair de lune (from Suite bergamasque). Click ♪ ♫ to listen~