While my anime mileage at this point is very low, I can safely say that I just love these anime tearjerkers. I don’t know if it’s just me being an emotional person, but I genuinely love how they always seem to tug at my heartstrings. As weird as it may be, whenever I ask for anime recommendations from Fruitcake, I always tell him to give me titles that would make me cry. Yes, weird. Anyway, we have, Kono Oto Tomare!, my Spring 2019 anime favorite, a representation of the reasons why I love anime.
First off, let me provide an overview of the characters.
Takezo Kurata – The President of the Koto Club at Tokise High School. He is a known hard worker yet some failures in life led him to have low self-esteem. As the story progresses, he eventually gains confidence in himself, and he begins to stand up for what he believes in.
Chika Kudo – A first year and member of the Koto club. He was a notorious delinquent prior to becoming a member. He has deep ties with the club, which plays a part in his development as a character.
Satowa Hozuki – Another first-year member. She comes from a line of master Koto players and is considered a prodigy. Family issues eventually led her to Tokise High School.
Tetsuki Takaoka – Chika’s best friend. A friend of Chika’s even in his delinquent years.
Sane, Kota, and Sakai – Initially friends of Takaoka who became friends with Chika. They started out members of the club as fillers before eventually liking the Koto and actually becoming players as well.
Hiro Kurusu – Another member of the club, who had ill intentions when she initially joined.
All of these characters aside from Tetsuki Takaoka are members of the club. Also, there are characters that I did not include in the list, so if you’d like to find out more you could check out the Kono Oto Tomare wiki.
Why is Kono Oto Tomare! My Spring 2019 Anime Favorite?
So what is it precisely about Kono Oto Tomare!, that I like? Let me start this off by saying, that I don’t think there’s anything revolutionary at all when it comes to the show’s storyline. I would believe many animes have followed the same structure and maybe even the show’s concept. The story is about a group of characters with varied backgrounds, all of whom found a home in their high-school Koto club. From there they set out on a musical journey, practicing and getting better each day in the hopes of winning nationals. There are, as per usual, challenges along the way, both internal and external. Again, nothing particularly revolutionary. So what about it?
Emphasis on Character Development
Well, I like how the anime put’s emphasis on the stories of each character. The anime makes it a point to not skip out on the character development on any of the characters. Each flashback and backstory made me understand where each character was coming from, and thus, I felt more invested in their growth and journey. I can’t help but find myself smiling and even clapping for each of their successes.
Stories of Overcoming Brokenness
The next reason pertains to how the anime involves characters, each of whom has a sense of brokenness. Again, I don’t know if this is just me being an emotional person, but I relate to these themes. A lot of us probably do. But beyond that, I love watching characters try to overcome their brokenness. And if they can, I usually take that as a source of hope, of strength to face my challenges, my brokenness. What I specifically like about this anime, is it involves broken people who find each other. They form a group of which everyone understands each other, whom while having pains themselves, still find ways to uplift one another. Stories like these make me feel warm inside, and I admit, I shed a few tears along the way.
Chika’s Primary Influence for Reformation
Third would still relate a bit to character development, but specifically that of Chika. I love his development, primarily because of its primary influence. While Chika and his grandfather had a rocky relationship, to begin with, the story guides us on how they formed a loving bond. The grandfather became the source of the Chika’s reformation, as his grandfather remained steadfast in believing and caring for him. Again this is just me, but I relate to this. I’m fortunate to have a good relationship with my grandfather, and I view him as my hero. So I guess you could see why I resonate so well with the story.
Anyway enough of that. Most of this post has been me rambling on about my experience and how I feel about Kono Oto Tomare! and why it’s my Spring 2019 anime favorite, that of which may be insufficient as a review of sorts overall. I didn’t want to get technical about it, first because I’m relatively new at this, and I don’t think I have that skills to do that just yet. I also view anime a bit casually I guess, in a sense that I don’t believe that I’ve classified any anime to be bad at all. I seem to find enjoyment in any anime, and I end up liking anything I watch really.
Pacing is Great, Music is Well Integrated. I Highly Recommend it.
Still, I do highly recommend this one, aside from the story itself, I’d say the pacing is great, the integration of music with the scenes provide an emotional experience. I also feel like there’s a bit of romance developing between Chika and Hozuki, which I greatly approve. Overall, I say it’s a great anime.
So there’s that. I hope this has been worth the read.
To finish things off, here are some quotes from the show that I liked.
“Your abilities will grow if you aim higher.”
“People who don’t aim high will never develop the ability to do so.”
“Earn what it takes.”
So that’s it, my review for Kono Oto Tomare! : My Spring 2019 Anime Favorite. Have you guys watched it? What do you think? Thanks for reading.