Well, as was to be expected, Kaori has finally convinced Kousei to begin pursuing the piano again. There’s still the small problem of Kousei not being able to hear his own playing, though, and on top of that Kaori has taken it upon herself to enter Kousei into a contest. With this in mind, Kousei begins devoting himself to learning his piece for the competition, trying to overcome his handicap of not being able to hear himself. The whole thing should actually be quite inspirational for Christian viewers, as we too should work at least this hard to overcome whatever shortcomings we may find in ourselves in order to do our best for God.
On the other side of all of this is Tsubaki, who continues to feel more distance between herself and Kousei. It also continues to strengthen the idea that her feelings for Kousei may go deeper than simple friendship. The fact that the writers can keep the primary focus of the story on Kousei while still giving enough focus to side characters without making it feel simply tacked on is certainly enjoyable and leads one to actually care about Tsubaki’s character. It will be interesting to see where this story goes from a romantic perspective, but more imminent is the upcoming piano contest (after all, the story is ultimately about Kousei). Before the episode ends, we get a brief glimpse at a couple of Kousei’s competitors in the upcoming contest, and they don’t exactly seem to have positive opinions about him. Where this will lead will simply have to be seen.
A Christian Perspective:
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. (Proverbs 17:17)
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)
All of these verses are to refer to one particular friendship: that of Kousei and Tsubaki. The beginning of the episode shows a flashback where a young Tsubaki is carrying a young Kousei on her back, despite the fact that Tsubaki herself is injured. Fast forward to the present day when Tsubaki has just lost her ball game. While she goes about the rest of her day acting completely well, Kousei easily sees through her ruse and realizes that she actually hurt her leg during the game. In a reversal of the previous scene, Kousei now lifts Tsubaki onto his back and carries her. Amidst all of this, Tsubaki finally breaks down and lets out her disappointment over having lost the game.
The verses from Ecclesiastes are especially relevant here because, in both scenes, we see a friend helping another up. Perhaps it wasn’t entirely necessary in either case, but one friend still lifted the burden from another and, in both cases, showed love for the other. In the first scene, it wasn’t convenient for Tsubaki to carry Kousei (as she was injured too), but she loved him enough to do it. In the second scene, Kousei certainly had his own stuff to deal with, but he knew that something was wrong with Tsubaki so he went out of his way to go to her and help her out. If a middle school boy could do that much for his friend, then how much more should we Christians (as disciples of Christ) show love for our friends and sacrifice ourselves to help them out?
Language: 1 “h*ck”, 1 “fr**kin”
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: There is a slight glimpse of Kaori’s breasts from the side as she changes clothes (her arm is in the way, so it’s about as detailed as seeing cleavage in low-cut shirt) (2:25)
Violence: Kousei is hit in the face with Kaori’s bag, twice; Kousei kicks Tsubaki in the shin; Tsubaki hits Kousei in the back of the head
Blood/Gore: A scene shows Kousei being pierced by an arrow (it’s metaphorical, of course—he isn’t actually impaled) with blood coming out of him