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Jinbei



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2021 1:09 am Reply with quote
Easily my Top Hyped Anime of the Season. I love these little peeks inside some more traditional part of japanese culture whether it be rakugo or playing shamisen. Setsu could be a wee bit more likeable character but at least there aren't any total jerks yet. Also...that second episode's performance with Umeko is easily one of the best musical anime scenes in any anime ever.
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gumbaloom



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2021 1:53 am Reply with quote
So far I’ve watched
Moriarty
Mars Red
Joran
Those Snow White Notes

And this one is the one that has got me by the balls and makes me want to know what happens next

I’m loving the setup so far.

Mars Red ongnrotbrr hand is like it’s interesting as. a Taisho era vampire anime and for that reason alone I watch but nowhere near as mesmerizing as this
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:58 pm Reply with quote
As a Kono Oto Tomare fan, this was one of my most anticipated shows this season—and it’s even better than I had hoped. Yeah, man, that duet with Setsu’s mother was phenomenal, but it was Seiryu Kamiki’s performance that brought tears to my eyes. I’m loving this one so much. Can’t believe I have to wait a whole week for the next episode.
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Gina Szanboti



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 3:35 am Reply with quote
Shamisen sounds a lot like a banjo to me, but more spare (3 strings instead of 4 or 5), and of course used for very different musical genres. So the "dueling shamisen" piece was a real treat.

I love the animation in this, and that not only are they not skimping on the performances, but that they're so well animated, and so creatively done. Even just the way they animate someone blinking seems to be done with care rather than by rote. And the art style is so my jam. Delighted this made it through!
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Covnam



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2021 2:51 pm Reply with quote
Kono Oto had a cd released with the pieces used throughout the show so I hope this series does the same =)
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Gina Szanboti



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2021 6:58 pm Reply with quote
Another breathtaking episode, which brought tears to my eyes. First off, I love the portrait of the grandfather in the OP (~30 sec in). I could look at that face for hours (ok, minutes, but you know what I mean).

During the first version of "Shungyou," the aerial shot of him walking along the beach with the waves coming in was awesome, but the simple animation of the wind blowing the weathered boards on the roof of a shack gave me chills at how evocative it was.

The second version was interesting in how they cut from Setsu's playing during her flashback to orchestral music, instead of still hearing Setsu, or even how the unperfected version would have sounded on his raggedy shamisen back then. That sound still only lives on in her memory.

I didn't think getting to this point felt abrupt, or at least not inappropriately so. Epiphanies do tend to be sudden after all - it's a feature, not a bug. I'm sure it's not the last time we'll be hearing "Shungyou," though probably the last time we'll hear that version of it. I'm looking forward to hearing its evolution as Setsu works through his issues.

I also really like the piano music that seems to follow Rai around. It demonstrates his observation that like his Tamapiyo chick, "The simpler they are, the more expressions you see in them." That seems to be a guiding principle of the series as well, letting the viewer imprint a lot onto the story. I'm not sure where Rai gets off saying Setsu has a pinched face though. Wink

Personally, I'm not champing at the bit for more development for the side characters. For me, that's been rationed out in carefully measured doses so that I neither tire of them nor feel annoyed that they're hogging the spotlight from what I'm presently most interested in. I'm sure they'll get their due in due time.
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bonbonsrus



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2021 8:26 pm Reply with quote
Gina Szanboti wrote:
Personally, I'm not champing at the bit for more development for the side characters. For me, that's been rationed out in carefully measured doses so that I neither tire of them nor feel annoyed that they're hogging the spotlight from what I'm presently most interested in. I'm sure they'll get their due in due time.


I think I have to agree with this. I haven't yet felt cheated of knowing more about everyone else, and not felt like there was too much time on what was presented. I am sure we WILL get more of everyone else, and very soon probably, but I haven't felt any detriment from a lack of exploring those other side characters yet. I am so in it for the music, I would be happy if there continued to be one or two pieces every episode, they do a great job narrating them and putting visuals to them that I am always smiling though this show.

Since it seems all the group will be joining the Shamisen Appreciation Club, I am certain we will hear more about them, and the series did such a great job with the first episode fleshing out the girl he stayed with and her boyfriend, I'm sure these newer relationships will be handled skillfully as well. I wonder what the "plan" is Umeko has prepared. I wish I could watch more now, it's sad to wait...

I. Love. This. Show. I think I have to call this my favorite show to wait for every week.
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Covnam



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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2021 11:14 pm Reply with quote
Another great piece this week. I agree about the pacing though, the rest of the club seemed to be a bit too skilled by the end of the episode already.
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