[Highlights] Piano no Mori 06: Forest’s Edge

Kai's career as a pianist is about to kick off. He surprised me by choosing to stay in his home, Forest's Edge. The piano gets struck by lightening. Interesting how the random Forest Edge girl cares more about the piano than Kai, who forgets about the piano until he sees it burning. Perhaps it symbolizes …

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[Highlights] Piano no Mori 05: Kai’s Spirit Possesses Competitors

Got to hear some pleasant Chopin. Also, yes to more Takako! Interesting commentary. Is the West better for piano-playing? Nodame Cantabile seems to suggest the same. Competitive cultures can really get toxic. Kai can't play the piano in the forest anymore. Kind of like how Kiki in Kiki's Delivery Service loses her ability to fly. Kiki's struggle really hit …

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[Highlights] Piano no Mori 04: “You’ll Always be the Best!”

I had a few more issues with this episode than with previous ones, but it was still reasonably enjoyable. Aside from the atrocious CGI, this episode made me question the extent to which art is objective in this show. Thanks to Re: Zero, my brain automatically substituted "legs" with "brain." I felt for tiny Takako on the …

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[Highlights] Piano no Mori 03: Mozart’s Questionable Presence

This episode of Piano no Mori is consistent with the previous ones: motivation -> tension -> realization ->> competition type of thing. I continue to enjoy it a good deal. Kai learns that there are different styles in piano-playing. I still can't completely buy into how he's trying to find his own style when he only just got …

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[Highlights] Piano no Mori 01 + 02: Chopin x Shounen

Just to clarify, "Chopin x shounen" does not indicate a ship. That'd be a bit creepy. Ep. 1 The episode starts with Kai as an adult at the International Chopin Competition. Then it goes back and introduces us to Kai and his new friend, the transfer student Shuuhei. Kai and Shuuhei make up the ultimate …

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[Highlights] Violet Evergarden 12: Violet Makes Grown Men Salty

Frankly, I found it hard to take this episode seriously, though this may be the most serious the anime has gotten in terms of developing some overarching external conflict. Here's Cattleya being pretty in her new coat before we get into all the ugly stuff in this episode! She's on the way to help with …

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[Highlights] Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho 13: To Strive, to Seek, to Find

The end of the journey was quite satisfying. I was expecting some escapist's fantasy when I put Yorimoi on my watch list, but what I got was the entire opposite. The journey has ended, but the feels will carry on! Wow, thousand-year-old air. I don't get how the anime strives to be realistic in every aspect about …

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[Highlights] Sora yori mo Tooi Basho 12: Messages Unsent

Great, Violet Evergarden and now this... After Yuzuki and Hinata each get an episode of the spotlight, it's now time for Shirase to shine again. This episode did an excellent job taking the series to a new emotional height right before the final episode. Yorimoi offers something heartbreaking even before reaching the 1 minute mark. Shirase remembers that …

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[Highlights] Violet Evergarden 10: Molding the Feels

Wow, this week's Violet Evergarden did a lot. I rarely get emotional watching anything, and I honestly wasn't expecting Violet Evergarden to be the show to deliver such feels. It makes me wonder though - why such a different effect compared to the previous episodes? The storyline for this episode is equally as predictable as those in …

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