The Mukae Tsutomu Quartet has a wonderful performance prepared for you tonight
|Watching Apollon has made me revisit a band by the name of Steely Dan. I’ve only known them for a handful of years and I may be too young to be attending a concert from them, but man I love how their songs. They’re a jazz/funk/rock kinda band. Check out Kid Charlemagne and Reelin’ in the Years. Great songs.|
“But Not For Me” as performed by Kaoru and Jun
Kaoru Goes In For a Kiss
Subtlety is the name of the game in Apollon. The series has really thrived on doing all the small things right.
Not so subtle? Kaoru going in for a kiss.
I really like the scene of him removing his glasses and seeing his blurred vision of her. It’s a thing for glasses-wearing people like him (and I) to hopefully void out the nervousness he probably feels just before locking lips. One example I can think of is when I do presentations, take them off so that I can’t clearly see the audience and won’t obsess over their attention/interest. To be a bit greedy, I would’ve liked to seen a shot post-kiss to see, through Kaoru’s eyes, Ri-chan’s emotion and tears. I could photoshop that myself, but yeah, that’s gonna match up well… either way, Ri’s response shows that it only complicates matters more for her.
Judging from the phys ed class scene, there’s been a bit of awkwardness between the two since that confession scene. The feelings he had with both Ri and Sen have held up over the past few months. In that moment when she says, “…give them to him as a pair”, it probably triggered something in Kaoru’s mind that compelled him to do what he did. His feelings getting more and more pent up, for better or worse, it’s a move Kaoru felt he had to make.
And as expected from the Yurika/Sen scene, turns out it was a misunderstanding. Sentaro is a model and we missed out on Yurika trying to get him to pose properly.
Sentarou Doesn’t Have “It All”
We’ve seen it before in anime. Even though they’re literally surrounded by people, characters feel alone. Even before Kaoru said pretty much those exact words this episode, we could understand why he feels as he does. Transferring to a new school and living with relatives that aren’t the most receptive of his presence, it’s easy to understand Kaoru’s position, though some of it is on himself the way he interacted with his desk neighbor at the beginning of episode 1. However, his reaction to Sen was out of pure jealousy and frustration over all that’s happened with Ritsuko so far.
Kaoru and Sen have taken very different paths to reach where they are today, but the feelings are more similar than even Kaoru thinks. Having an American mother leaving him and his father was just the start of a troubled childhood for Sentarou. It was a very tough moment to watch when Sentarou’s dad let took his hand away from Sen. The father wasn’t always a bad guy; it’s such a shame that the grandmother’s death led him down a path of alcohol and sadness, and more importantly how he abandons his son in that one moment where he needed comfort.
As we saw in episode 2, the significance of him wearing the rosary is revealed as the only remaining memory of his mom. Kids were already being mean to him due to mixed blood, but once they started yanking that rosary, the gloves came off and thus birthed Sentarou the delinquent.
♫ Performing for Gaijins ♫
Damn drunk ruined a perfectly good performance. Oh well…
I have been loving Space Brothers, but one thing that I’ve been thinking about the series (specifically episode 5) is how they seem to ignore the language barrier with Mutta in Houston, TX. Kids talking Japanese in the park, and an old man wearing an Ozzy jacket. Without getting too far off topic because that Ozzy jacket means nothing other than the old man rocks, the use of English at Bar Stella was really good from the drunkard and Jun introducing and singing, “But Not For Me.”
…paves the way for the ladies to swoon over Jun’s singing.
Love Triangle > Love Square > Love Pentagon. So many shapes the romance has taken in Apollon. Yurika hasn’t shown any interest in Sen, so it’s natural that she falls for the cool guy that sings at the show. It’s enough that Kaoru has been dealing with Sentarou while trying to win over Ri-chan, but how does this budding love interest affect Sen’s views of a guy that he really looks up to? And does Ri find relief after looking back and seeing Jun & Yurika talking, hoping that Sentarou isn’t taken by her?
Wow, Bill Evans makes a guest appearance at the basement of Welcome Records.
In conclusion, it’s just another fine episode of Apollon. With this pentagon that’s formed, I’m really anxious to see what happens once Sentarou starts to get more involved in this love fest. Whatever happens, at least him and Kaoru have a good understanding of each other enough to be able to talk things out, because feelings are bound to be hurt and friendships are gonna be rattled some.
The pacing is pretty fast in Apollon as I’m sure anybody can tell, but that’s all well and good when the scenes are executed in such a fashion as Apollon does. Again, I don’t read the manga so I want to be careful to avoid saying things like I know (because I don’t), but I enjoy how the series uses all of these subtle bits to progress the story at what I think is a good pace. I see not only the characters doing things, but why and how they do. How it affects the romance drama story is another thing. Slower series build up over longer periods of time while Apollon has addressed a specific major event each of the past 2 episodes. It’s possible that director Shinichiro Watanabe might be doing this to squeeze more anime into 11 episodes, so I’ll sacrifice that lengthy buildup and slower progression to see as much of Apollon in anime form as I can.
“Let’s try and sort out this love pentagon.” Kids on the Slope enjoying some Coke.