Posted on 10 May 2012 with categories: Sakamichi no Apollon

Watching someone with a broken heart… isn’t the most interesting thing out there. That’s what most of this episode was though: Kaoru formally got rejected, and recovers at the end of the episode. Because of that I wouldn’t really say that this episode was among the highlights of this series. But the creators tried to make up for it in quite an interesting way.

This definitely was an interesting place to put Kaoru’s parents. First of all his father came back (something he longed for for quite a while now), and he also ended up meeting his mother for the first time since he was a little kid. This episode was necessary for Kaoru’s development so that he can finally move on as a character, and because of that mother the creators definitely didn’t waste a moment to do some quality character-building.

This episode also added to the rest of the cast. Ritsuko recovered visibly from the shock of last episode (she was particularly good at the point where she rejected Kaoru). It’s revealed that Jun has some serious issues and Mariko also visibly changed now that she’s in love with him. I do wonder where the creators plan to take things from now though: like I said before: Kaoru’s confession to Ritsuko happened bafflingly early. Did he really get over his crush in this episode and will the real meat of this series be something completely different, or will this show turn into some “will they won’t they” soap-opera?
Rating: *+ (Great)

16 Responses

  1. Cytl says:

    The pace of the manga seems to be a little too fast for the anime. Even so, the direction in the climax scenes is as good as ever.

  2. Stars says:

    Finally an anime where people take their glasses off before face planting on something! I’m glad Kaoru understands how uncomfortable sleeping in glasses is and how annoying it is that you have to clean them every time after attempting to.

    • Therra says:

      Kaoru takes his glasses very often after Ritsuko told him he has a handsome face without glasses. That’s mainly the reason why he removed them in the kissing scene and many times before.

  3. rufe says:

    I thought it was a fantastic episode myself

    Also, I aways forget to take my glasses off before I faceplant. I often forget I have them at all (I’ve had them for quite a long tmie…)

    • Stars says:

      Ahh I’ve had them for 11 years and I always know in the back of my mind that I have them on so I just can’t imagine people lying face down on pillows and such with glasses on…

      Though he was thinking about Ritsuko at the time (^re:therra) now that I think about it so taking off his glasses does have a meaning there.

  4. meow says:

    Did he really get over his crush in this episode and will the real meat of this series be something completely different, or will this show turn into some “will they won’t they” soap-opera?

    I think no matter what happens, it’ll still be a great story. I think Kaoru’s mom summed it up perfectly when she said getting heartbroken is proof that Kaoru is in the middle of his youth. Romance and hormones is an important part of that stage of their lives but there’s so much more to it. It’s great that Kaoru managed to reconnect with his estranged mom as well as salvage his friendship with Ritsuko. Ordinarily, it’s hard to stay friends after that kind of heartbreak. Things might rekindle or she might wind up with Sentaro. Or somebody new may enter the picture. I think the main story might be about Kaoru and Sentaro’s friendship. I loved the part when Sentaro jumped into Kaoru’s room. Yes, this is how people used to get in touch back in the day before people had handphones and e-mail.

    I think right now, I’m mostly curious about how they’ll develop Jun and Mariko. It looks like he might not be the perfect stand-up guy the kids in Kyushu think he is and he might wind up acting like the old cliche of the city boy taking advantage of the naive rural girl. Or it could be some kind of misunderstanding. Jun does play in bars so he might have gotten mixed up with some seedier elements. He did try to warn Mariko off when he ran into her outside of the bar. It also seems possible that Jun might already have someone in Tokyo and so far doesn’t seem to be aware of or responding to Mariko. He looks like supporting cast so I’m not sure if he’ll stay in the main picture for long.

  5. Stars says:

    I recall Sentaro calling Kaoru by his actual name instead of Bon/Richie last episode, but it’s back this week. Shame :(

  6. loveritzbiscuits says:

    I thought the other girl’s name is Yuriko Fukahori. Why do people keep on calling her Mariko?

  7. Yam says:

    Isn’t Mariko Kaoru’s younger sister? xD

  8. Jzar says:

    My current favorite show. I am so tempted to read ahead but I don’t want to spoil it.

  9. kero says:

    That seen when kaoru is saying goodbye to his mother, played out by beautiful music was such a great scene.

    Oh Jun Nii Chan. <3

  10. Vakem says:

    Hm, there was a scene with an old lady giving a frozen tangerine to Sentaro in the train.
    Does anyone know the recipe?
    Also, I found ONE blog where someone says that frozen mandarins are popular in japan. “(which would usually be either at school as part of school lunch, or on the train for a long-distance travel; these are the two occasions we’d associate frozen mandarins with… that’s the way it is, don’t ask me why)”

    Hm, anyone?

  11. RABUJOI says:

    I really enjoyed this episode; sure, it was primarily about Kaoru’s broken heart, but after four episodes, we’re invested enough in his character to allow him at least part of the fifth to mope. As long as it doesn’t happen every week.

    I for one am glad he (A) confessed early, (B) she answered quickly, and (C) they both got over that awkwardness so they could continue their friendship, which neither believed was worth throwing out. Kaoru’s mom echoed our voice saying “it’s not the end of the world, get over it and move on,” and that’s indeed what he’s trying to do.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 02:43 PM)
    @Bam, did you honestly compare anime production to slavery? Slavery was an ethical issue. Shitty entertament is not an ethical issue. As Raggers said, you can whine and bitch all you want but unless you plan to brainwash the entire consumer base ain’t nothing gonna change.
  • Raggers
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 02:14 PM)
    The main problem here isn’t the producers but the consumers of anime. The money is with the fanservice and shitty shounen, and anime is expensive to produce. Far better that we get a few great shows each season, paid for by the rubbish ones, than we get middling mediocrity everywhere.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 01:56 PM)
    You can justify your call to indifference, after all it’s much easier than doing anything.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 01:56 PM)
    That’s fine, let them have their pandering shows and whatnot, just don’t squander the ones that have potential. I’m sure there are a lot of people that told the blacks that “whining is futile” and just accept slavery as a way of life. And they were right untill someone did something about it. Animation as a medium was deemed as for kids only, again till a few did something about it.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 01:52 PM)
    As for why they aim for teenagers most of the time it’s because it’s the time where it will hit the most demographics. Aim for kids and you knock out the adults. Aim for adult and you knock out the kids. Aim for teenagers and you get both as Kids look forward to being teens and Adults generally have a nostalgia for the golden days(So to speak)
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 01:47 PM)
    The greats are great because they are rare. Whining about a lack of quailty is a futility. Because these things arn’t made using creativity, they are made using money to get money.
    Besides, Pandering entertainment can still be entertaining in its own way
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 01:43 PM)
    @Bam, somehow I think you don’t get it. We arn’t almost near anything.
    Being a fan is always a matter of wading through the garbage to find gold. A film fan must put up with the michel bays, amercain pies and that one romantic comedy movie that they keep remaking to get the kubriks. Music fans need to put up with those songs that sound like 50 other songs to get the greats. Video game fans, the sequels and knock offs to get the Okami’s. It’s the same.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 01:14 PM)
    It is indeed human to rebel against what we cannot accept, but in this case specially, because it feels that we are almost there but somehow we keep getting further. We get the talents together and then they bomb. Most unfortunate.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 01:11 PM)
    My advice is, stop being in denial. It’s all well and good that you believe that if the public demands intelual shows, they will get them. Thing is if they did we would not be getting a third season fo dog days. Face it man, we are lucky to get even a Mushishi.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 01:10 PM)
    Yeah but psgels’ taste is closer to ours so we should be able to hub here and share our love as well as disdain of shows freely here.

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