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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  • Bam
    (Monday, Jul 6. 2015 05:55 AM)
    Sometimes one rather pay few bucks a month than to go thru the hassle of backing up a whole site. Specially these archaic spreadsheets are a headache.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jul 6. 2015 05:53 AM)
    I’m sure he’ll make a post or some kind off announcement before closing down the site. This is after all the labor of his many years, and most certainly a big part of his portfolio. Look at the amount of anime content in these archives (specially considering the growing anime fandom who recently visits old works that they’ve missed) these are a serious asset to just throw away.
  • justwandering
    (Monday, Jul 6. 2015 03:21 AM)
    so, do you ever think about stop doing it? Or for how long you intend to keep it up? Anyway, this situation seems weird as hell. He doesn’t communicate at all but still keeps the site afloat? Aren’t you afraid that one day he might just change his mind and close this site without warning? Because he could do that if he wanted to…
  • AidanAK47
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    *People are free
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jul 6. 2015 02:27 AM)
    @Justwandering, Don’t feel much of anything really. Not even sure why I do it. Habit or hobby I suppose. Nope, hear nothing from psgels. People are few to come on but my control of the site is limited so I can’t give people accounts. All I have is the password to someone else’s account that could be used by others.
  • justwandering
    (Monday, Jul 6. 2015 02:07 AM)
    how do you feel about managing the site on your own so far? Do you still have contact with psgels? And, would like if someone else offered help to write stuff for the site? Like reviews and such
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jul 6. 2015 01:52 AM)
    @Justwandering, It’s possible psgels does still care about the medium but rather has gotten tired of blogging it. It’s understandable as it’s a very time consuming hobby and he likely don’t have time for it anymore.
    Still he must care somewhat seeing as someones paying for the upkeep of the site.
  • justwandering
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 11:24 PM)
    hmm… tired of the medium huh. Yeah, sometimes I get burned out too, too much crap, not enough good ones. I can’t seem to let go, there is always a couple of series keeping things afloat for me.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 10:55 PM)
    @justwandering: Yes Aidan is the only one upkeeping the site. K-off is too busy with life responsibilities, Ninjarealist had a crisis of confidence, feels he’s not cut out for it, lighteningbolt just vanished. Psgels is tired of the medium and has a larger social life now.
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    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 10:30 PM)
    I hold no love of Jun maeda anymore after angel beats and little busters. And come to think of it I only ever got emotional once in clannad but never cried. Toei did a better job that kyoto animation with the key works, I agree with flawfinder that they had an antithesis to maeda feel about them, the toei adaptations.

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