Spring 2019 Grab Bag Week 10: Kono Oto Tomare

Hiro begs for help

Kono Oto Tomare Episode 10

To be fair, a lot of the interesting character development happens in the previous episode, but this week's episode went well too. This is not the kind of show I would expect to have a training camp, but here we are. Honestly, I'm enjoying the character focus in the series so far. Many of the developments tend to be small, and we get a larger change like Takezou's every now and then.

Takezou asks Takinami

It's a small nod to the previous episode, but I liked seeing Takezou stand up to Takinami in this episode. It's nice to see Takinami's "cool guy" act cracked by Takezou's new resolve. It's about time he was taken down a peg, and this episode seems to start him on a journey to becoming a more sympathetic character.

Chika learns from Satowa

I'm a little bothered by the fact that Chika seems to be a natural talent in this series. I know it creates a gap with his delinquent tendencies, but I'd be more on board if he wasn't so quick to learn. I don't have a problem with him being good at copying Satowa, but he should still struggle, rather than getting it right on the first try. Maybe I'm being too harsh.

Hiro worries about her teaching

While it's severely subversive, I do like how Kouta's troubles are handled in this episode. It's not overly dramatic, and everyone seems to react in a reasonable way. Hiro's own reservations show that she continues to feel worried about her place in the group. She doesn't know Kouta as well, so she makes a logical conclusion when he disappears.

Kouta is found

Meanwhile, Kouta's friends correctly figure out that Kouta isn't one to wallow in his insecurities. Instead, he shows some surprising strength by going off to work on his own. I guess I admire that the series doesn't force him into that using the other characters. He's more self-motivated.

Takinami tries to teach

I'm kind of hoping Takinami has a general music background, rather than experience with the koto. I know it's not going to be case, but I get the feeling that too many people are koto veterans in this show. I know it's Japan, but the instrument seems too niche for that.

Posted in: Spring 2019

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