Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso: Episode 17

トワイライト – Twilight

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“I think I’m not the one for Kaori. Whenever she wants her way or needs somebody to lean on; whenever she wants somebody to do something for her, it’s you she always turns to, Kousei.” ~Watari

For all the kyas that Watari had received in the previous episode, me thinks he was most kya-deserving this episode (oh Oosaka Ryouta, never knew you could do gentle like this!) The last time we saw this side of him was when he generously gave Kousei that same advice – whether or not it is impossible, the girl will let you know. What Watari said made all the sense in the world. Kaori really does only ever rely on Kousei. And I am glad that he realises the affinity that she has with Kousei. It is lovely to see this selfless side to him (even agreeing to Kousei’s request before hearing what it was), considering he hasn’t been given that many scenes at all. On one hand there is Tsubaki who pines for Kousei, and on the other hand we have Kousei’s other best friend who cheers him on. I guess there always has to be a balance and this balance came in the form of Kousei’s closest friends. Yes, at this point, I hereby give in – there is no love quadrilateral whatsoever. If it isn’t showing itself now, I am guessing it never will.

Of course, that is not to say that emotions aren’t flying all over the place. Because they are. And not just confined to the four main characters. Nagi is clearly developing feelings (other than animosity) for Kousei. Whether they be awe, admiration or something more remains a mystery (let’s not go further than that…) but they are definitely positive feelings. However, seeing the way Kousei has been ever so patient with his teaching, it is not much of a surprise that she doesn’t dislike him as much as she thought she did. As Nagi came to realise, she and Kousei are quite alike. They were both driven into a corner, both afraid. Because honestly, who hasn’t, at some point in life, felt like crawling into a cave and shutting the world away? But as Kousei/Kaori advised, just play with sincerity and give the performance of your life with everything you have. After that touching speech and the way Kousei held her hands, how can she not feel at ease with him around?

Considering he had that mini breakdown (a heartbroken Hanae Natsuki is always lurrvely~), Kousei really picked himself up, going as far as to perform a duet with Nagi. But nobody can blame him really, upon hearing that Ravel piece, it is no wonder that Kousei would have a nervous break and wish that he could not hear anything.

Classical music heard. Ravel’s Pavane pour une Infant Défunte (Pavane for a dead princess). Click ♪ ♫ to listen~

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