Did you see what they just did again? Two weeks ago I gave a 10/10 to this series’s episode 8 and now I find myself wanting to give a perfect 10 again. Nothing can stop Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso. It’s on a rampage! Seriously. I find it hard to imagine how we’re treated to a stellar-quality, epic, perfect episode every other week. This has already secured a spot in my list of my top tier anime. Very easily.
This show continues to be flamboyant and extravagant. Impressive dialogue, imagery and poetry makes this show is a real treat to watch. I mean, did you see what they did with stars? The author really knows what he or she is doing. Very clever. It began with Mozart’s Twinkle Twinkle little star, and then it appeared in Tsubaki’s monologues, then Watari’s logic of strength in adversary and now the concert lights are Kaori’s stars shining upon Arima.And did you see how Arima use the starry night to describe how his subconscious feelings about his friends? That alone was goosebumps inducing.
To be honest, nothing actually happened this episode. No one spoke a single word. It’s an episode entirely composed of monologues. Yes, a whole anime episode about people thinking to themselves. In theory and on paper that seems very odd, but Shigatsu pulls it off very nicely. They really took their time and I’m glad they didn’t rush things. All in all it was a very detailed and thoughtful production.
With regards to creative decisions, I spent sometime pondering over whether the addition of Strings to Chopin’s pure piano music was a good idea. Eventually as I re-watched the episode, I thought it worked more than it didn’t. After all, Strings that we hear could possibly be a manifestation of Kaori inside Arima’s music. Also, they were repeating the B part of the Chopin etude countless times and so the addition of some orchestral feel to the piece did really enhance it especially when the last time was supposed to be something like a musical home run. I didn’t mind and to be honest I got goosebumps watching it the 2nd time round. (the first time I was too shocked at the producer’s boldness!). And to be fair it was a pretty neat arrangement.
“Thank you thank you thank you thank you”, as the strings played together with Arima’s melodious Chopin etude. I think we can all agree that this was a whole new level of feels.
Overall, it was a really awe-inspiring episode. After watching the episode I had this unexplainable urge to sit down on my piano and play the B section of Chopin’s Op 25 no 5 (yes, the one Arima played). I was not sure if anyone could “smell the chalk, see the broken windows or hear the distant sports team” though. But hey I tried.
Episode Rating – 9.9/10
-Not sure if the start can be considered “Watari development” but hey, at least that dude is getting some screen time and has finally said something non-superficial for once. Everybody is talking about stars so we can’t leave Watari out right! I dislike Watari but I really feel that they should really be doing more with him.
-I saw people complaining about the amount of monologues in this series. In fact, I think monologues are something that uniquely anime in general doesn’t really shy away from. No idea why but it seems like conventional US dramas (or movies) and even Korean dramas and all really avoid using monologues for some reason. Why? Monologues are good and I really enjoy a series with well written monologues (like this, or Parasyte). I mean, can you imagine Parasyte with no monologues. I have no idea why american script writers and all are so afraid of a random “out of nowhere” voice-over. It actually does enhance the experience of watching a show. Why are people so afraid of it. And it also could be because anime is often adapted from manga and monologues and all are not all too uncommon in manga/comics. But really, I’d like to see more monologues in shows in general. They make shows awesome when done right.
-Glowing balls and random Sakura that appeared on the stage. A little over the top? Maybe. But it doesn’t actually cause a negative experience. For me it doesn’t really enhance the experience either. Not that it’s bad, but it’s just the characteristic of this show. If anything one should be provoked by the strings in the chopin not the flying golden balls.
-Okay. Now on to Arima’s “feelings” and musical confession to Kaori. You notice I hardly talk about the romance with regards to this show. I honestly don’t think romance is the strong point. Arima’s confession to Kaori felt a little random to me. Kaori’s relationship with Watari is also strangely underdeveloped. I find that confusing. But then again I was never watching this series for the romance anyway. I think people who are ARIMA X KAORI WOOTS or Childhood friend FTWzzz are all watching this show wrong (for now). This is a show about music and the coming of age. If you see this as primarily a romance I honestly don’t think you’re watching it quite right.
-Okay. But still “Only one person matters to me” is a little…overly…ain’t you neglecting some other important people in your life huh Arima.
-I liked how the music was spot on. The fast and harsh was really fast and harsh. When Arima was contemplating to stop, the music was dying very obviously. Some people would say that they shouldn’t have to narrate and explain stuff like that but I really disagree. Sometimes, a confirmation would be nice.
-Aiza’s shock and disappointment was pretty well done.
-Mother smiling at the end. What does it mean? (okay I kid, I read the manga, I know).
-9.9, not 10. Because I think there is going to be an episode that beats this pretty soon (yes, in terms of feels and I suspect if it does the same quality for that content, that would be a sure tear-jerking episode). I gave 10 to the Emi episode, because I’m bias and Emi is best girl so yeah. 10 for her :p
-Was thinking if I should do a personal thoughts/write up on the 3 Chopin etudes being featured in this series(Yes, I am playing them/or played them before). But I’m a little tired/lazy now so that’ll be a topic for another day.