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Check-in Station: Your Lie in April ep6 (can you overcome passion, can you wipe away memories?)

I can’t say for what aspect of this show’s development I’m more happy about.  There’s the appearance of new rivalries, the development of one between friends, or how the goals of this show are starting to flesh themselves out more.  Or perhaps, I should be happy for having one genuinely pleasant episode.  The oversappiness continues, but I can’t say I’m not slowly developing an attachment to this show and its characters.  Even as their more base emotions are starting to be confronted in this series.

I’ve enjoyed how each episode manages to tell a compact story in each episode while still keeping each episode well connected.  Case in point here:  we see young Kousei being carried by young Tsubaki after their dive into the river.  We saw it last episode, but here we see them recovering from the dive.  Even though  both were hurt, it’s Kousei who is seen not just screaming and crying, but being carried by Tsubaki the whole time back to his house.  And this scene carries weight through the episode, because during this entry we see how important Kousei still is to her.  We see their bonds and their time together being brought up and weighed over and over again against the short, but passionate time Kaori has started to spend with him.  And as the episode continues, we see it build up to almost a bursting point up until Kousei deflates the tension (in a good way) at the end.

Overall, the big issue here is that Kousei isn’t nearly prepared to perform at the soon upcoming competition.  There’s no hiding  from the brutal fact, not when it’s played back on tape, that Kousei sucks!  He’s horrible, even for a beginner.  The notes are played, but they’re all terribly off in intonation and timing.  There’s no magic that will fix that, at least not yet.  The real kicker is that the bar isn’t merely set at him perfecting the music.  Kaori’s goal is to have him transcend it, just as she does during her performances.  That’s a long way to go for someone with his disability.  Musically, I don’t see how you go beyond perfecting something you can’t actually hear.

Some of Kousei’s issues are more deeply touched upon when Kaori goes to his place to dry off after the dip they took in the river last episode (in present time).  Going through his house, she sees the room the piano is kept in, and see the sorry state his left it.  It’s treated as a table in a room of storage, with all sorts of refuge and dust on it in a clear sign of miscare.  And in what can now be expected to be normal Kaori action, she furiously wipes it off and starts to clean it.  She’s surpsingly emotional in this moment, crying and apologizing one moment – furiously swiping trash away the next.  It’s just one more scene that makes me anxious to understand what makes her tick.

That very same scene is also what pushes forward the main theme of this episode, which is the budding rivalry between Kaori’s relationship with Kousei and Tsubaki’s.  It’s understandable she has what I can only see as jealous thoughts when she sees Kaori in Kousei’s house, wearing one of his shirts, with wet hair as if she’s just taken a shower, in possibly the most intimate room of his house – the one with the piano.  And it’s with this scene that things push forward.

For the rest of the episode, we see Kaori pushing Kousei.  We see Kousei struggle to master the one piece he’s been handed for the competition.  We see Tsubaki prepare for her upcoming baseball tournament, but she’s also more than a little distracted by the tightening relationship of Kaori and Kousei.  Oh and Watari?  He’s in his own little world.  Little phases him.

The episode ends up reaching it’s highest and lowest points near the end, where we see Tsubaki blow a big game due to her distraction of seeing Kousei cheering her with Kaori alongside.  Her resentment and insecurity reaches its peak as she starts to realize that she may not be able to compete with the deep passionate connection they share.  And then we see the aftermath, as Kousei comes out to meet and carry her much later that evening, and Tsubaki sees that their time together still does carry significant weight.

A real tease comes at the very end though, as we see a pair of potential pianist protegees pining for the opportunity to face Kousei in open competition after all these years of him being out of the competitive scene.  It’s another moment in the episode that makes me anxious to see things move forward.  I sincerely want to see how they react to the recovering Kousei, who is sadly a shell of himself as a small child.  Sheesh!  Just think about that how ridiculous a set-up this is.  A boy who is barely a teenager must already face up to the harsh situation of being a has-been and a failure.  If he doesn’t nail this performance, I’m sure there will be a crushing reaction.

Pretty good episode, and it has been a pretty good series so far.  If I were to be reviewing this in a DVD style format, I would concede that this first disc (though six episodes on a disc with multiple volumes is a bit ambitious) had me hooked and interested in seeing how these characters develop, and where their story ends.  Episode 4 is still a stand-out episode that really plants the flag as far as the shows intentions and ambitions are concerned.  My initial aversions to this shows flowery and intensely poetic presentation have been dispelled for the most part, and I’m learning to care about this small cast.  Where the story goes from here, with all these talented and ambitious characters being introduced, is a puzzle to me.  And that may be the best part: I don’t know where this is going, but I know what it wants.

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