It’s been a long two weeks, but Kimi Uso is finally back! It took me a while to remember what was going on, but Kousei and Kaori are busy preparing for the gala concert.
Before getting to the episode, I loved the new animation for the opening and ending. I’m a bit sad that I won’t be hearing Goose House every episode, but the animation is gorgeous, nonetheless. In terms of music, it’s definitely not as flashy or grand as the first one was. I guess it signifies a change in tone of the series with a more mellow song. The ending is a lot more somber as well, quite the contrast from the previous light and upbeat ending.
Kousei still has unresolved feelings for his mother. I thought he had put it behind him, but the piece Kaori chose happened to be one of his mother’s favorites. The fact that he never got closure is what’s been haunting him. His feelings are all mixed up. He loved his mother growing up, but also grew to resent her for her treatment. His last words to her were his hateful ones, leaving him with conflicting feelings. At least with Hiroko coming back, she can help guide Kousei in the way that his mother wasn’t able to.
Like Kousei, I had some mixed feelings about the flow of the episode. It felt a bit too over the top at times. They tried to splice in the events on the days leading up to the performance. We’d have some deep moments of reflection, and then some silly thing occurs the next second. While it’s not a bad thing, it felt like a roller coaster of emotions.
Meeting Kaori’s parents, we can see where she gets her explosive personality from. They did have a serious moment as Kousei was leaving though. Perhaps, they’re just evaluating him as a potential son-in-law candidate, or their stern tone had more to do with Kaori’s mysterious situation.
The next day, the kids enjoy some time away from their mundane routines. Kaori manages to play off the fact that she’s only living in the present, but it’s pretty concerning. That should have signaled red flags, but Kousei is still bummed out when he sees Kaori and Watari having fun together. Despite all that they’ve been through he’s just a kid and can’t help but get emotional.
Finally, we get to the day of the performance. Everyone is still blown away by Kaori’s last performance, and she’s the main focus for everyone. Emi on the other hand, came solely to watch her beloved Kousei. I have to say Hayami Saori is quickly becoming my favorite voice actress. After her outburst in Inou-battle, and flustered performance here, she’s shown how amazing her voice acting abilities are.
Of course, everything had been going too smoothly lately. Kaori has gone missing, leaving Kousei to either withdraw, or play the performance on his own. Before making his decision, he bumps into the up and coming star, Miike. Miike is basically the old Kousei, who would only play the score to perfection. I guess he was inserted here to contrast the old Kousei with the new, as he decides to perform on his own (in a violin concert).
You can watch Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso Episode 12 on Crunchyroll