From little things, big things grow, maybe.
Here we are with the standard club anime where all the previous members graduated but one and now we’re recruiting new members. We’re just combining this with the standard delinquent/misunderstood trope character who needs to find some way to absolve his guilt after his actions led to the destruction of his grandfather’s work prior to his death. That said, just because we’ve seen these stories before doesn’t make this a bad start. Not at all.
With its soft colour palette and slow pacing, this episode is fairly calm and mellow even with the violent encounters and flash backs. While the outcome of the episode is more or less guaranteed, the journey is worth taking and while neither of the main characters is getting points for originality any time soon, both Kudo and Takezou are interesting enough in their own ways.
One thing that is a little amiss might be that this is a koto club and other than one flash back sequence to the seniors playing, where we didn’t really hear it, there’s no koto playing in this first episode. Maybe that’s fine given this is the set-up for recruiting members and we’ll get there, but it just seemed like you would put the instrument on more display early in a season.
There’s a lot of anime this one will inevitably get compared to, but taken on its own, while it is an ordinary kind of story it is one that so far has been nicely put together and was fun to watch. I’m looking forward to seeing how the other members get recruited and to seeing them actually doing proper club activities.
Well I said I was curious as to recruitment of other members and to hear them play the koto and episode 2 hit both those points. Admittedly Kono Oto Tomare doesn’t appear to be in any rush introducing just one new club member this week. Turns out the whole message about not judging a book by its cover isn’t just going to be applied to Kudo as Houzuki, the new member is also a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to her appearance and personality.
With another fiery personality in the mix, things are more lively than last week. We see Takezou perform to try to recruit new members though with fairly indifferent results before we meet Houzuki and it is revealed that she’s apparently a genius player. They hold off on proving that for a fair while until Houzuki is in the club room alone and Kudo hears her playing from outside the door. It was pretty impressive all things considered with pretty visuals thrown into the mix.
Kudo continues looking for absolution for past misdeeds, this week helping the club get their instruments fixed before volunteering to help repair them. The delinquent with the heart of gold act is one we should all be familiar with but that doesn’t make it any less endearing and it is certainly enough to finally thaw Houzuki’s chilly personality.
While I’m still a bit behind on this one I think I’m going to enjoy it so for now this one is firmly staying in my line up.
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- Images from: Kono Oto Tomare! Dir. M Ryouma. Platinum Vision. 2019.