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Sakamichi no Apollon 09 — Romance Done Right

Wow. This episode completely blew me away. The best episode of the season, by far.

Sakamichi knows how to do romance. To overgeneralize broadly, romance anime tend to come in two flavors: first, the endless back and forth of will they / won’t they, filled with love triangles, such as Kimikiss and True Tears. Then, there are the star crossed lovers who only have external obstacles and their own fear to overcome, such as in Whisper of the Heart.

Both of these styles have their charm (I adore all the shows I mentioned above), but Sakamichi walks a fine line between these two extremes and manages to succeed. There are love triangles which add some tension, but the characters aren’t fickle. The only one who sort of changes her mind is Ritsuko, and I would argue that she doesn’t really change: she simply comes to understand herself better.

My favorite scene was the one where Kaoru met Ritsuko at the park:

Kaoru clearly hasn’t gotten over it. Continue reading

Sakamichi no Apollon 08 — The Times They are A-Changin’

In my opinion this was the best episode yet. This was an episode of transformation. No one remains the same, except for possibly Kaoru.

Brother Jun left college after leading student protests (likely during the leftist strikes against ANPO, he was leading a student group of communists) and was disowned by his father in response. He’s a changed man, moping around his house and taking drugs in a depressed haze.

Since Jun tells Yurika that he’s changed, she decides to change as well and symbolically cuts her hair. I came to appreciate Yurika much more in this episode. She started out as a perfect, beautiful rich girl, but here she shows she’s not just about appearances. She’s both smart and forceful. Continue reading