Posted by psgels on 22 June 2012 with categories: Sakamichi no Apollon

For a minute I felt a bit cheated by this episode. Not because of the start though: I like how it turned the cliff-hanger of last week around by having Kaoru stop Sentarou at the last minute. After that though… Studio Mappa… a slide-show montage? Those are for lazy storyboarders who don’t know how to animate a certain part of the manga.

The real part that made me raise an eyebrow though was when Sentarou went off to return one of the music sheets that Kaoru forgot. You’re really going to end this lazily by killing him? It was all just too obvious. And don’t get me wrong: I really like a good major character death and they should be pulled more often, but this is just the complete wrong place for it.

What happened afterwards totally made up for it though: the revelation that it wasn’t Sentarou who was in critical condition in the hospital, but Sachiko. So yeah, Sentarou who was already facing huge difficulties in accepting his place in the family just drove one of his younger sisters into the hospital. It fits in much more with the themes of this series than just randomly killing him off, and the creators made excellent use of it. I really loved the climax, and it also created an absolutely wonderful set-up for the final episode.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

7 Responses

  1. mappple says:

    storyboarders do not animate anything <__< they are well… storyboarders.

  2. Taara535 says:

    Eh..I was left a bit cheated by the entire episode. The build-up with Sentaro’s family was too perfect to just waste away like that. The montage was cliched and the accident right before a major joyous activity was incredibly cliched. It felt like a stupid twist they didn’t need. Now I know that the manga is probably like that (I haven’t read), but the manga also has more space in between these developments making them feel less like cheap “twists” and more like decent developments in the story.

    Hopefully, the last episode will make-up for this sub-par one.

  3. Gottis says:

    @Taara535 – The accident really was in the manga as well, and it came on about as suddenly as in the anime. The lead-up to it – the practice sessions with Ritsuko – was more fleshed out, but that was that.

    I liked the episode over all, but they cut a pretty important discussion between the priest and Kaoru, where they discuss Sentarou’s past. Maybe they didn’t think it was important for the anime story, and maybe it wouldn’t have contributed to anything, but it’s still some interesting background info, which furthers to explain Sen’s character.

    And now I’m left wondering how they’re going to squeeze an entire manga volume plus some extra chapters into that final episode…

  4. aline says:

    excellent? really? I thought it was lacking. T

    • aline says:

      *oops, I submitted it by accident*
      excellent? really? I thought it was lacking. This episode was incredibly rushed and just failed all the building up so far. I mean… just to sum up the things that happened:
      – Sentaro runs away
      – Kaoru stops Sentaro, they fight
      – They reconcile right away
      – Sentaro’s dad all of a sudden does accept him
      – Ritsuko will sing for the cultural festival
      – They have a cheesy *FRIENDSHIP* moment
      – bad setup with Kaoru forgetting his papers, everyone could see it coming that Sentaro would get into an accident
      – I must say, nice twist when it turned out to be Sachiko who was in the hospital
      – Doctors say she might never wake up, yet she wakes up the very next day. really?
      – Sentaro runs away again
      – Everyone’s worried he might never come back

      yeah… Just my opinion but I didn’t like this. I thought the series was really great so far, but this episode dissapointed me.

  5. AidanAK47 says:

    Sakamichi no Apollon has always been somewhat like a Soap opera but this episode it turned into one. It all felt incredibly contrived to me. It was a serious what the hell moment for me to see Sen on a motorcycle. I don’t remember him saying anything about being able to drive one nor did I ever remember seeing him on one before. And then his sister was on it with him? Where did he pick up his sister? Why did she want to go with him? Why the hell was his sister outside at night with a sprained ankle?!

  6. kero says:

    Mixed feelings about this one

    Montage was kinda lame, lots of cheesy moments
    That it was Sachiko who got hurt was the only good twist.

    However I loved the moment when Kaoru went to the rooftop, the music that built up to it, and the exchange between Kaoru and Sen was beautifully portrayed.

    One great moment, but everything else was rushed, and yeah, soap opera material.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Mar 2. 2015 01:29 AM)
    Late to this one but
    @BrendanVGC, that’s kinda tough. See there is a huge amount of very different manga that fall under the category “Seinien” You would kinda need to give us a more focused genre to work with here. Like horror, action etc.
    And pretty sure death note is shounen.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 07:35 AM)
    Damon I am more used to seeing in a drama or comedy role I reckon rather than an action hero.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 07:24 AM)
    Eric Bana is so underated =<
    I want to see more of the man on film.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 05:52 AM)
    The story would’ve been much more anchored and believable if the social imbalance wasn’t portrayed so heavy-handedly. It makes no sense for every house in Elysium to have a healing-bed that completely restores you and they dint bother to put a single one on Earth to keep the working class happy and healthy. I mean, c’mon now.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 05:49 AM)
    Yeah the action sequences were the best parts of Elysium. I don’t k ow, I just don’t feel Matt Damon in these roles anymore and I hope they stayed with Eric Bana like the rumors were hinting; that probably would’ve made it a more personal story.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 04:55 AM)
    Its been too long since I saw district 9 to have an accurate opinion on it.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 04:54 AM)
    I can remember giving higher points to elysium when I saw it first because I really needed/wanted to see an R rated action movie. But apart from Sharlto Copley as the villain it was in hindsight fairly miscast, the ending was quite poor and the script could have been improved on, I liked the robots/action scenes however.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 04:20 AM)
    I have a feeling that the movie’s gonna suck tho. District 9 was good, Elysium was a mess and Chappie looks like a Short Circuit ripoff with nothing new to add. I have respect for Blomkamp since he started as an animator and probably has respect for the medium and a good eye for aesthetics, by he’s doing progressively more conventional stuff as his career goes on.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 01:41 AM)
    Ha, so I wasn’t wrong when I came across that film Chappie and thinking that the robot resembled Briareos from appleseed, the director’s a fan of Masume Shirow’s work apparently.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 12:16 AM)
    @Brendan: That completely hinges on your personal taste, but Vagabond is one of the best Chanbara ones around, with superb art, fast pacing and entertaining storyline. Berserk should go without saying as it’s a codifier for many Seinen conventions, but Vinland Saga is another great series which is in similar vein. Biomega and Drifters are also worth a look.

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