“Hold on, let me draw your face” > *writes ‘NERD’ on paper*
|Hello guys! I’ll be replacing ikemen Jrow for Sakamichi no Apollon this week because he’s busy ogling dozens of Kurisu cosplayers at Animazement. And since I’m just a temporary replacement, I’ll be experimenting with this post. I want to focus on different aspects explored in this episode.|
“I need to run dramatically to impress the audience!”
The first one is the less exposed topic that somehow gained more attention than usual in this episode. I expected some romance, but not this cliché. I was laughing so hard at the kissing (almost) scene because it was giving the overly-dramatized vibe. Not that it’s impossible for that to happen in RL, but was that scene necessary? I don’t think so. All it did was add some more spice to the drama to make it more… Well, dramatized. Right now, I am not happy with the romance as it’s so… Boring. Not impressive. Cliché. *insert more negative comments*
Necessary scene? No. But thanks to this, I can say “BUSTEEEDDD”
Yurika is another reason why the romance feels so dull. Who is she? There’s no depth whatsoever in her character. Yurika hasn’t been deeply explored yet till now. She has been a dull female crush of Sentarou’s, who just happens to be in the picture. What is she beyond that? Nothing. And yet this nothing- I mean, girl has such an impressive role: Sentarou’s crush and possibly the future girlfriend of Jun’s. Unfortunately, there’s nothing about her that makes me want to approve her role. It’s like shifting a random supporting character into a main character for no reason at all. I want to like her, but sorry, there’s nothing about her that makes me want to like her. Besides, it seems that she doesn’t have a strong personality, seeing how she just “goes with the flow” when Sentarou tried to kiss her. Crying because Jun almost caught her being kissed by Sentarou? It’s not like you tried to stop him anyway. Stop crying.
Bromance No More
Brofist on the face!
Bye bye, Sentarou x Jun. No longer shipping the two of you. Well, sorta, but not as hard as before. Anyhow, I really like how the anime crew handled the one-sided physical argument between Sentarou and Jun. I see that one punch by Sentarou as a mix of frustration and relief. It’s a relief because Sentarou was able to let out his frustration and jealousy, because the one person he looks up to and happens to be jealous of is a mess. Let’s not forget how Jun appeared when Sentarou almost kissed Yurika. Jun is basically screwing everything right now. Sentarou might be a bit too physical, but I’d rather have him punching Jun instead of shouting. That feels so Sentarou-ish. Either way, Sentarou’s disappointment was expressed well enough to let the audience know how he was feeling, and I liked it.
There might be some romance, but Sentarou x Kaoru friendship is what this episode is all about. Before I talk more about it, I just want to say that I’m so glad they didn’t dramatize this part. The timing was perfect, not short, but not long. Everything flowed so naturally. The only problem I have is how the whole school ended up in the concert during the duet between the two, but remembering how small the school’s population is, I can understand it. As for the rest, it’s great.
In this episode, the fight between Sentarou and Kaoru somehow changed the two. Sentarou “losing” the only friend who understands him, isn’t able to connect with his new acquaintances just like how he did with Kaoru. He’s tamed and passive because of that. If Sentarou stays that way, sooner or later his delinquent reputation would be cleared. Surprisingly, Kaoru ended up being more sociable than Sentarou during their fighting period. Kaoru manned up and talked with his other classmates, giving them a surprise. It’s ironic how the two changed when they didn’t talk with each other. The irony is just too much (not in a bad way), and I just have to point it out. A mild Sentarou and a sociable Kaoru. For a second, I just realized that the change might be a good thing. But of course, I changed my mind. What’s the use of a better social life when one has no joy in that? That’s how exactly Sentaou and Kaoru are. They changed, but they are lacking without each other. As in their hearts, just to clear things up.
Their jamming was the perfect way to makeup. No words were used, but they were able to reconnect again through jazz, and I find that to be creative. Jazz is not just a mere genre that both have interest in. Because of jazz, Sentarou and Kaoru are able to put aside their contradicting personalities and became friends. Through jazz, not words, both of them became friends in the first place and the same exact moment helped them become friends again. Using something that brings the nostalgic feeling to fix the relationship between the main characters? Beautiful.
I’m expecting some kind of fanfic/doujin for this scene
Overall, this episode was definitely great. Their approach of reconnecting Sentarou and Kaoru is not perfect, but it was good. Not really realistic (unfixable sound system in a school festival? Riiigghhtt), but it’s definitely close to it [reality]. My favorite part has got to be the jam because that’s the moment of their truce. Having jazz come into play again is satisfying, remembering how these past few episodes have been full of nothing but dorama. It would be great to have more jazz and jazz for future episodes, but I have a feeling that Apollon will go back to its dorama state since there’s the unsolved problem of Jun’s /sigh. Oh well, this episode has the old Sakamichi no Apollon vibe, and I am happy because of that.