Spring 2019 Grab Bag Week 8: Kono Oto Tomare


Chika can play the koto freely at home

Kono Oto Tomare Episode 8

This series has some rough competition in this season, but I've still been finding it fun. One thing I've been finding interesting in the series is how it seems to intersperse its character stories. The beginning of the series was largely focused on Chika, but that's largely shifted after the club's first performance together. Takezou and Satowa are thrown into the mix, and each character seems to get touched on in the episode.

Chika rejects Satowa's offer to eat lunch together

I'm really enjoying watching Chika and Satowa's relationship. The two are becoming a great pair, with Satowa inspiring Chika and Chika conversely supporting Satowa from the shadows. This scene where Chika refuses to eat lunch with Satowa is a nice one, as he subtly pushes her towards making new friends outside of the koto club. I'm looking forward to seeing where this couple goes.

Hiro makes amends

I was a bit skeptical when Hiro (Kurusu) showed up, but her story came around well. I also like that she contributed to Satowa's growing comfort in the club in addition to her own story, despite trying to do the opposite. While I'd still probably have trouble forgiving her despite seeing her past, I'm glad that there was more to her. She doesn't get much of a scene in this episode, but I liked that she commits to making amends despite the personal cost.

Chika finds out about his grandfather's song

Honestly, I think Chika's insecurities surrounding his grandfather's koto have been a bit overplayed. It's not that I don't understand his worries, but I feel like the series doesn't have to dwell on it so much. Just let him play his special koto already, right?

The girls arrive for a challenge

With the arrival of Kazusa, I guess we're finally diving deeper into the koto part of this series. It was only a matter of time. I'm curious to see how that will affect the koto club. The preview for next week's episode implies that they will be motivated to change their goal of just aiming for nationals.

Takezou fails his exam

Takezou's story pops up at the strangest moments. That aside, I think he's interesting so far. His personal trepidation makes sense given his failure to get into his preferred school, so I'm looking forward to seeing how he'll grow from it. We've already seen him acting as a solid leader for the club, despite his own rejection of that idea.


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