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Oh, and here comes the self-doubt and comparison to another artist.
Man, this show is so good.
It even almost got me to shed a tear during the sequence where Yatora is explaining to his mother that painting art has allowed him to observe the things around him he never noticed before. Like her scorched hands from always washing dishes, or that she sacrifices so much for Yatora and his father just so that they can be happy.
Just seeing his mother break down and cry over his realization, while thinking about my own touched me deeply.
Seeing the art club meet over summer break and have assignments made me nostalgic for photography classes I took in the past.
Watching Yatora beat himself up over his artistic abilities, and not leave his home all summer while practicing still life just to miss the praise of his peers because he was too busy comparing his work to someone else hurt me.
From the very first club meeting Yatora attended, it seems like Saeki sensei picked up on his idolization of Mori-senpai. It was great seeing sensei gently try to rein Yatora back in, and remind him to focus on himself.
Mori-senpai obviously has her own style, and despite the constant muted praise from the art club – came in the bottom five against her own peers’ artwork.
I guess once you get into that cycle of self-comparison, it never really ends.
There will always be somebody who is better than you at something – even if you are misperceiving things. That person could always think they suck, and be surprised by the adoration for their work.
I know I’m completely talking in circles today, but honestly; I had a really bad day.
So, I tried to make up for it by doing something slightly risky, and depressed myself afterward. It’s working out so far, but I can’t stop thinking about how I might fail before even trying.
Maybe that’s why Yatora finally finding a way to express himself through still life drawings, and choosing to pursue a career in oil painting really hit me hard. And I swear – I really was going to cry watching his mom break down.
…but my own mother was sitting in the same room as me, and I didn’t want to seem like a weirdo crying over an anime at 8pm at night while drinking tea in an oversized, fluffy bathrobe. ☺
The animation quality seems to have improved this week, as well.
Maybe it’s because I watched it on tv and not a computer this time, but only one or two scenes had frame drops. Mainly when Yatora was in the art club room and there were various shadows on screen, or it was just too dark and the light from windows outside looked far too artificial.
Anyway, I think I’ve rambled enough.
I’m sure the manga readers might be upset by this – but it seems like we may have missed a lot?
Episode one was the start of the new school year, right?
Then this episode was summer break. Thirty days pass, Yatora submits thirty still life drawings, and suddenly Mori-senpai is graduating.
(I know they explained that because she was accepted to MUA for college, her studies are basically done but…really? So soon? We barely got to know her character!)
After the credits, Yuka and Yatora enroll in the Tokyo Art Institute cram school.
I’m glad the prospect of art school has inspired Yatora, and given his life meaning – but are future episodes really going to go down like this? I’m wondering if there will be a balance between his new found passion and outlook on the world vs cram school life and the reality of art not meeting what you pictured in your mind…and the frustrations that come along with it.
So… hopefully the adaptation slows down some?
I don’t know. Tell me your thoughts.
Do you think the anime is breezing past too many potentially important plot details?
Will Mori-senpai still be in the anime after graduation?
Are we ever going to see Yatora’s unnamed delinquent friends again in the future?
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