As someone who isn’t a huge fan of school based anime and even less a fan of school based anime that focuses on the over-used plot line of the danger of a club being shut down, oh the horror, it seems weird that I got into Kono Oto Tomare. However, from episode one there was something about Chika Kudo as a character that made me want to give this one some more time.
The Contrived Drama Continues Kono Oto Tomare! Episode 11 There’s not a huge amount going on here. We get the end of the training camp which is satisfyingly sweet and then we head off to the tournament they’ve been preparing for. In amongst this we get some small character moments and they are trying super … Continue reading Kono Oto Tomare Review Episodes 11 + 12
The Anime Training Camp Edition Kono Oto Tomare Episode 10 And off we go to a training camp in this episode of Kono Oto Tomare. Still reeling from hearing a school koto club that is aiming for the nationals the characters determine they need to practice more and so decide a training camp is the … Continue reading Kono Oto Tomare Review Episode 10
Fireworks and Festivals Senryuu Shoujo Episode 11 They are very keen on this summer theme and this week we are hitting the festival with a firework display in Senryuu Shoujo. I do have to wonder if these last few episodes haven’t just been Haruhi Suzumiya’s endless eight spread out over more episodes and not repeated. … Continue reading Senryuu Shoujo Review Episode 11
The Distance Yet To Travel Kono Oto Tomare! Episode 9 There’s a lot that Kono Oto Tomare doesn’t get right in terms of adding tension or antagonists to their otherwise slice of life, high school club story, but one thing it consistently lands are those poignant emotional moments between the members of the club themselves. … Continue reading Kono Oto Tomare Review Episode 8
Odd Choices All Round Kono Oto Tomare Episode 8 So Chika wasn’t going to play his grandfather’s koto for reasons, Takezou apparently is going to have to face his dark and scary past, and Hozuki is still the target of weirdos who for whatever reason feel that insulting the club she’s with is a good … Continue reading Kono Oto Tomare Review Episode 8
The Failed Attempt At Tension Episode 6 Kono Oto Tomare has a problem. It isn’t that school club anime are a dime a dozen or that we’ve heard very little music considering it is a music based club. I mean, both of those things could be a problem for some viewers but they are mostly … Continue reading Kono Oto Tomare! Review Episode 6
A Triumphant Performance Episode 5 Time for the performance episode. While the Vice Principal’s challenge continues to sit as the explanation for the extra tension on this first performance, other than two minor scenes where he is on screen, the episode prefers to frame the emotional growth of the group and particularly focuses on Kudo. … Continue reading Kono Oto Tomare Review Episode 5
A pathetic villainous character but fantastic focus on club interactions. Not the pathetic villainous character, but a great image nonetheless. Episode 3 The delinquent and the Princess face off multiple times in this third episode, though he’s not actually as much of a delinquent as people think and she’s no princess. However, despite enjoying the … Continue reading Kono Oto Tomare Review Episodes 3 + 4
There's so much to learn from anime. Let's look at episode 3 and see what these characters can teach us.