似たもの同士 – Two of a Kind
This series started off in spring and is now seeing autumn. It is amazing that in just 16 episodes, we have seen such a shift in dynamics, a shift made even more pronounced by the change in colour scheme. Kousei’s world brightens up with the rich colours of autumn as Kaori’s fades into monochrome.
It is scary to see her fallen and bleeding, but that picture of Kaori collapsed on the floor was not an unfamiliar one. It was similar to the fallen Kaori we had seen back in episode four. All that foreshadowing on top of the fact that her condition is being paralleled with his mother’s just makes it all the more unsettling. The sight of her on the hospital bed, the scene where she picks a fight with him, as well as the wheelchair and all that monochrome… it is all too ominous.
Moving away from all the sadness, we did get more insight into who Nagi really is. Of all the lolis, we had to get a bro-con loli. Yes, once again introducing Aizato Nagi, Aiza Takeshi’s little sister. Admittedly, she is giving this show quite the diversity, and I very much appreciate it. How Nagi is going to be that other catalyst for Kousei’s development is something that is sure going to be entertaining to watch. The dynamic between these two characters makes for lots of amusement, and I absolutely love how confident Kousei is when he teaches Nagi. Hanae Natsuki definitely did brilliantly bringing forth the snark, what with his mechanical way of being candidly hurtful.
On a separate note, I honestly do not see how Kaori and Watari make a couple. Especially not when Kousei is the one who is always there for Kaori in her time of need. He is the one whom she relied on as her accompanist; he is the one whom she always calls on; he is the one whom she can show her true feelings to. While I admire her strength and conviction as well as the effort she made to help Kousei pull himself out of the bottom of the dark sea he was dwelling in, I am rather exasperated that she is constantly asking about Watari. And right in Kousei’s face at that! To say that he can be the “substitute” surely isn’t fair treatment, no matter what he is substituting for. Can’t she see that he looks at her so fondly? If she is simply “settling” for him, then that just is not right now is it?
Then again, Kousei is so in love with the idea of Kaori, so desperate to be with her, that he is fine just being Watari’s substitute. All he wants is to be able to be by her side (even though he still claims he is not in love with anyone. Argh!!). And the question now is, if he yearns for her company that much, will he really die with her? Way to drop that bombshell Kaori…
Classical music heard. Mozart Sonata No. 8 in A Minor, K310. Click ♪ ♫ to listen~