Jazz and friendship are definitely their favorite things
|This week, spring 2012 reaches the finish line. This musical delight and Tsuritama will close out a rebound season for noitaminA, Sankarea was just recently relisted on MAL to be 12 eps, Aquarion’s now over plenty more. Spring has been one heck of an anime season. Everybody has their personal favorites and for one or two reason is completely justifiable. Anyways… about Apollon this week…|
I don’t know if Sen’s getting a happy ending. Pardon me for projecting a bit during my writing.
I was glad that Kaoru was as astute as we the viewer (always) are when the opening scene showed him waiting for Sen’s attempt to run away from home. With the kids and his father hearing the ruckus outside, there was no way he would turn his back on his siblings and leave that coldly, right in front of them.
I thought that maybe in Sen’s father’s brief display of trying to reconcile with his son, he possibly has indeed changed his ways and expressed to some extent through the fountain pen that Sen received as a gift. I was impressed with his father by not just giving what was at the time an expensive gift, but also how he said, “A child doesn’t go turning down a present from his parents.” It got through to Sen, though I’ll admit the emotion he expresses in the bathroom is tough for me to gauge. He seems to treasure it, but I don’t know if he feels deserving of it.
It was delightful seeing “My Favorite Things” being practiced with Ritsuko, the beautiful practice montage shots, and the kids lying on the floor parodying the lyrics of the song to their own favorite things. I was ready for these three to show Seiji that playing music is more than wearing stupid costumes and prancing around like the fruit that he is.
“One Piece and Vidya and Football and Oranges, these are a few of my favorite things.”
Then, Kaoru left some notes in the basement. Sen debated then decided to bring them to Kaoru’s house.
The second half goes on to become a very dramatic sequence of events starting with the emotional rooftop scene, which seemed very much like a return to the beginning of the series as Kaoru removed the sheet revealing Sen. We’ve come this far with these characters in 11 episodes and they’ve been through a lot; Sen appears to have reached a breaking point. On the surface it looks like only a broken arm, but the emotional scarring hurts far more. It’s clear to see just how bad of a place Sentarou is in mentally.
Whether you think something like any sort of vehicular accident is a convenient device to make a heavy shift in tone, how a show handles itself post-accident is very vital to effecting the emotions of everybody involved properly. Personally, I feel the second half of episode 11 hit the right notes and effected the drama at an appropriately high level, not going into overwrought territory. The balance of the 1st half’s tone helped fuel the 2nd half’s tone. We weren’t getting a festival performance and it may not get much better.
Kaoru sits behind Sen’s kit. Never before has that basement looked and felt so empty.
Sentarou has left his cross and his drum kit behind; he just isn’t the same person we know without these two things, wherever he has gone off to. Ritsuko & Kaoru try to convince themselves that Sen will come back, but deep down they are prepared to accept the worst.
I wasn’t too fond of the bait-and-switching through the woman’s dialogue after the accident, even though earlier you can see Sachiko’s hair behind Sentarou when he was riding his motorbike. It’s a small point that I think the series did not need to use as we’ve gotten to know Sachiko through a couple of scenes in the series. Saying she was hurt and Sen was/felt responsible would’ve been plenty enough. I feel kinda nitpicky writing that out, but it was one thing I immediately thought about once the episode was over.
Am I being a little too sure that next week’s finale will be a gloomy ending? For the manga readers (since the series just got finished being scanlated), no spoilers or hints please.