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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  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 12:51 AM)
    Crayons was pretty much a joke. Basically any show of kindness and he’s in the bag.
  • BrendanVGC
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 12:39 AM)
    Aidanak47, you know crayons wouldn’t work. Just place some Seele members disguised as classmates and befriend Shinji (which isnt hard to do, the loner) and then bend him to your will.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 12:13 AM)
    And why the hell wouldn’t you try to get the pilots on your side? Hell all you would need to do is give Shinji some crayons and he would be your loyal servant for life.
    And Propaganda people! You guys suck at this!
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 12:12 AM)
    There was also the issue in end of eva where Seele decided to mount an all out attack on nerve. It was ridiculously unnecessary. There’s only enemy was Gendo. All they needed to do was remove him from his position of power. Instead they decide to kill everyone. Even though it’s pretty damn certain that nobody(With the exception of Gendo’s Smithers) was loyal enough to him to protect him.
  • BrendanVGC
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:54 PM)
    I agree with aidanak47, lol. The Seele guys were literally making a self fulfilling prophecy by causing everything themselves for the scrolls, which isnt even a prophecy by that point.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:47 PM)
    The Dead Sea Scrolls are really ‘the prophecy’ trope, but they are quite vague about what they really are. Anno and gang probably never decided on what was actually on them. It’s also very unclear who and how much they know about the scrolls. I assume Gendo must’ve seen it, but even that is uncertain.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:44 PM)
    They supposedly had excavated an S2 engine off of Adam’s corpse, and by EoE they managed to mass-produce it somehow; so they set probably not worried. I also agree on Gendo being too shifty of a character to trust- I certainly wouldn’t have done it, but Seele seems pretty cocky about everything for some reason.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:41 PM)
    @Bam, 1: The S2 engine was pretty much got by pure luck and Seeles efforts only made getting it harder. There’s suicidal and then just plain stupid.
    2: A normal Seele member would have just as much motivation and 0% chance of screwing them over. Which Gendo did try to do.
    These guys were putting a shit ton of faith in those dead sea scrolls. And how bloody detailed were those things anyway?
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:29 PM)
    *as far as the series canon
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:27 PM)
    (3/3)
    Manga) anything not written by Anno or the original Eva Committee is akin to fanfic and doesn’t hold too much water as long as series canon is involved. Although Sadamoto’s manga is close to the original vision we still might as well be digging in Angelic Days or Campus Apocalypse for answers.

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