Posted by psgels on 14 June 2012 with categories: Sakamichi no Apollon

Apollon, I thought that you were too good to pull the “walking into naked”-card. Of course it was well explained and it was used well, but still this remains something that needs to die.

But yeah, this episode then proceeded to put in the same amount of development that most shows only manage in three times that amount. It got through the annoying, triumphant and calm before the storm stage by the end of it with Kaoru confessing again after a long period of dodging around the issue, even though that in the it only helped to return to the status quo.

The big twist for me in this episode though was Sentarou’s father returning, especially after how much effort he put into advancing to the third year thanks to Kaoru. I know that he hates his father and that he very likely sees that he loses his place in the family this way, but for him to disappear is quite radical. At first I thought that they were going with the predictable school festival ending, but this is a drama before this is a musical series, so this is indeed a great way to spice things up.

Speaking of which: no instruments were played i this episode.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

9 Responses

  1. anne says:

    Actually, Ritsuko played “Someday My Prince Will Come” on the piano!

  2. rufe says:

    Unlike in the US, modern Japanese households usually have only one bath which is also where dirty laundry is placed and all clean use of a sink occurs (tooth brushing, face washing, etc.) This is also often where the laundry machine is and linens are stored.

    Naturally there is usually only one toilet, though this is changing rapidly.

    In short, it’s more likely to happen in Japan than the US where people have many full baths with a separate room for washer/dryer hookups etc. This is probably why it’s written in so often.

    • rufe says:

      sorry for the double post. I made a small change and it looks like it got submitted twice….

    • Anca says:

      It’s not just Japan o_O I didn’t realize people in other countries use separate rooms for toilet, bath, sink and laundry.

      • LilyGinnyBlack says:

        In the U.S. we usually have the toilet, bath/shower, and sink all in one room. Of course, if a house has a second bathroom that is a half bath, then you’ll usually just have a toilet and sink combo.

        When it comes to the washer and dryer though, where those are located all depends on the house, family, and etc. For instance, my house has the washer and dryer down in the basement. That was the only place my parents could really put it, since we live in an old house, but other houses (especially newer ones) will vary greatly with some even having a small room solely for washer and dryer usage.

  3. rufe says:

    Unlike in the US, modern Japanese households usually have only one bath which is also where dirty laundry is placed and all clean use of a sink occurs (tooth brushing, face washing, etc.) This is also often where the laundry machine is and linens are stored.

    Naturally there is usually only one toilet (which is in a separate room!), though this is changing rapidly.

    In short, it’s more likely to happen in Japan than the US where people have many full baths with a separate room for washer/dryer hookups etc. This is probably why it’s written in so often.

  4. Koa-chan says:

    I’m just thankful that Ritsuko said “Sorry”, rather than shout “Pervert”…
    That was reasonable.

  5. kero says:

    Pacing feels rushed, did they skip scenes from the manga?

    Anyways was a bit disappointed that they didn’t actually play In a sentimental mood, which was the title of the episode. I love that piece.

    “He’s so handsome that he sometimes takes my breath away” <3

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  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 01:23 PM)
    The voice of the main character got kind of annoying though, the dub wasn’t all that good either.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 01:22 PM)
    This was based on/was a homage to a series by the Gigantor creator and having grown up with gigantors 90s reboot this felt like a nice throwback, plot is fairly simple but used effectively. It’s a shame that it feels like there was more to tell but at seven episodes I suppose it avoids outstaying its welcome.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 01:20 PM)
    Decided to marathon Giant Robo, I think this was mentioned by someone on here before. I guess it was fairly entertaining, great action direction, looked good for its time, you don’t notice the hour long episodes go by, adequate characters, nice retro artstyle also, not sure if I got excited over this as big O and Mazinger however but still fun enough nonetheless.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 07:10 AM)
    Seeing Hoffman in before the devil knows your dead and his character being dependent on drugs, that was another thing that hit me a bit knowing the circumstances of his death. Watching most wanted man I could also see that he was wearing out physically.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 07:00 AM)
    This is not Anno bitching about otakus jacking off to his characters and turning around and selling Rei panties, this isn’t the idiots at Shaft throwing around meaningless camera angles and the oh-so-symbolic teeth brushing scenes, this is a human being looking you in the eye with fear and telling you that he’s dying; morbid, honest, moving and remarkable.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:55 AM)
    Given my rants regarding Birdman it should be clear that I’m a sucker for these rare instances where the line between movie and reality get blurred- when an actor looks at a camera and just bares their heart out. This is the realism that reality tv tried but could never capture. this is art in one of its most sincere forms.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:50 AM)
    Oh yeah Hoffman was a massive talent and a beloved actor, so I don’t take it lightly when I call Synecdoche his greatest role ever. Given his death and knowing the circumstances of his life at the time imbues this performance with a chilling sincerity that just breaks your heart and leaves you in awe.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:42 AM)
    Oh Andrew Niccol, oh how the mighty have fallen.
    Hoffman showed up in Capote and most wanted man, the latter which I especially love and there need to be more thrillers of that vein coming out.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:37 AM)
    It’s funny how they also each have a Nicolas Cage movie. Kaufman has Adaptation and Niccol has Lord of War. Although despite the usual Cage antics neither of those movies is really that bad.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:33 AM)
    Eternal Sunshine and The Truman Show are the two roles where Jim Carrey really demonstrated his acting chops well outside of his usual comfort zone. But Kaufman moved forward from Sunshine with the superior Synecdoche, while Andrew Niccol went from doing Truman Show and Gattaca to doing young adult garbage like The Host *wretches*

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