The live performance is one of the most important moments in all music anime. If it’s good, it makes the characters feel more real and alive. If the anime skips the performance, it makes us wonder why it is a music anime in the first place.
Many music anime such as Stop This Sound, which I recently watched, have so much dialogue during the performance. As they play their instruments, the characters watching them play would make remarks like, “It’s very good. I feel like all the seasons have changed” or “oh my God they all play the impossible notes in sync even though it’s… well, impossible!!!” The remarks, to me, break the flow of the performance. I want to listen to the performance and let me catch it first hand how awesome or awful they play and how good they’ve become. But I can’t because other characters keep interruptin me and describe how they play to me.
As we all expected, this episode, all the characters especially Hitomi has to face the fact that she has to go back to the future. How do all of them react to this? Mostly sad. But first, let’s go to why Hitomi has to go to her original timeline.
This episode seemed to have resolved conflicts more than creating drama. So far, everything is either resolved or resolving.
Firstly, Asagi and Shou’s relationship is still considerably stagnant. Asagi does try her best to make a move, very small move but that’s nowhere near enough to reach Shou because of how blinded he is by his gradual affection towards Hitomi. It just leaves him in a state of confusion. These two have to figure something up fast!
‘It’s Not My Fault I’m Not Popular’ is a really fun series. It’s also very cringey and depressing at the same time but I love it nonetheless. The reason is quite simple, it’s very relatable to me. As a shy and introverted person who is struggling with social anxiety, I can see a lot of myself in the main character, Kuroki Tomoko. I don’t try as hard as her to be popular or sociable, of course but I can see myself fail as miserably as her if I tried. So yea, none of the things Tomoko experiences are experienced by me (but maybe only in my mind).
I honestly think Tomoko has evolved from the the anime, the manga after the anime and the later part of the manga. Her personality, although very slightly, changes. How others see her also changes, how she sees other people changes and even the number of people she hangs out with increase over time.
I divide the change into three different stages.