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Kono Oto Tomare: Sounds of Life

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  1. Kia

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    Kono Oto Tomare! (Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life)

    Original title
    この音とまれ!
    Premiere
    April 7, 2019 JST
    Official website
    www.konooto-anime.jp
    Official twitter
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    #この音とまれ

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    run time
    24 min
    Since the graduation of the senior members of the club, Takezou ends up being the sole member of the "Koto" (traditional Japanese string instrument) club. Now that the new school year has begun, Takezou will have to seek out new members into the club, or the club will become terminated. Out of nowhere, a new member barges into the near-abandoned club room, demanding to join the club. How will Takezou be able to keep his club alive and deal with this rascal of a new member?

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    https://sganime.org/category/kono-oto-tomare/
    http://www8.watch-anime.org/kono-oto-tomare/
    https://www.funimation.com/shows/kono-oto-tomare-sounds-of-life/
     
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  2. Kia

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    So this show is for music lovers, those who like comradery, underdogs, the list goes on. I think that if you like Carole & Tuesday, you’ll enjoy this. Be warned, this was a written medium first so there’s more story with the music. But when the music comes, whoa. @Marco Polo @Seiryu @Yumavo Cado @dreamlovermimi maybe @Chaudfontaine. I’m not sure who else would enjoy this. I could be wrong about these. ^_^
     
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    Noice, i'll check it out later/probably after june.
     
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    Ohh I thought of a few more people. @Judgement the music should be up your alley. @billoni I think you’ll enjoy the music as well. @Johannes depending on how varied your tastes in Japanese music are, you’ll enjoy it as well. ^_^
     
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    Sounds interesting :smile:! The last time I watched a music genre series are Nodame Cantabile and forgot the title of that other one (The main was a Girl and got to a prestigious academy with boys that are good with their own music instrument) I have to search for it again :grin:...I'll surely give it a try..
     
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    Finally remembered the second anime "Kiniro no Corda: Primo Passo" :grin:
     
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    Looks and sounds beautiful!! Thankyou!
     
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    Thanks for the tag! I'll take your word for it on the musical aspect and check this out (good timing with Golden Week so extra time). Any outside/foreign ties for this series? I only noticed it is both Netflix and Gibson that are signing off/helping with C&T.

    Hmm...I'm a bit curious on the koto aspect. That's my motherland and I'm also classically trained so I will probably like the music no matter what direction it goes in. Seems a bit unlikely to be mainstream with purely traditional music though since it's unique for instrumental/classical/historical music. I guess I'll just have to check it out.
     
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  9. Kia

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    I don’t think there’s any outside ties at all. It seems pretty traditional to me seeing as how it’s koto music. But I didn’t look into it, honestly. I just started watching because I saw it on Hulu being simulcast. You’re more likely to be able to judge the caliber of the performances than I am seeing as how I’ve not been exposed to them previously aside from in soundtracks perhaps. But I’m enjoying what I’m hearing. ^_^
     
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    Yea, C&T definitely seems to be the exception. Koto is definitely an acquired taste (if only "traditional" songs are played), which is exactly why the plot of the series is the reality in Japan.

    So I got to watch the first episode, and I'm a little disappointed because they teased this "life-changing performance" and completely skipped it. The reality is that Kuso-megane (crappy four-eyes) should be readily impressed since he has zero talent/music background, abilities, etc. Now I think I have even higher expectations for the club's traditional song.

    I'm intrigued by a majority of the characters. I love Kudou, his fellow delinquent friend, Kudou's grandpa, the principle (speaking of which their backstory between the two of them should be interesting), etc. However, trashy four-eyes has characteristics that highly irk me (fake resolve/will/determination). Absolutely no sympathy for him.

    Even with all of the background music, opening, and ending, there was never a koto being played. Just based on the gist of the plot, my ears are going to hate the learning process of everyone being complete novices (and by the looks of it, the club gets a whole bunch of members). So I can't comment on the legitimacy/skill of the performers. I'm hoping for a time warp at the end of the series in the sense that this go to song can live up to the implied hype.

    Ah, maybe a good tangent to go on is that the series is implying a deviation from the "traditional" style. Of course it is a travesty to completely be void of the koto "feel"/essence. This is by far the most intriguing aspect of the series for me on what sort of modern twist they plan to execute, but this is not going to happen for a long time (unless they magically skip ahead to a later part in the school year).
     
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    Hmm I don’t know about a diversion from traditional style of playing from what I saw/heard. I do know that maybe teaching style could be a diversion? If you can stick it out until the actual first performance, and then make a decision on the music and the club president, that might make a huge difference. It does take a little bit to really get going. It’s a bit of a builder. I do wonder at it only being 13 episodes, to be honest. Maybe they’re planning a second season already or there’s something I just can’t fathom planned. I didn’t read it and didn’t ask about the details when it came up in conversation previously because of my aversion to spoilers but I was assured that the manga was quite good by someone whose taste I trust.

    Since you don’t mind spoilers, I’ll go ahead and tell you that you don’t really have to suffer too much bad playing really—I mean I think you’ll find the development of megane vis-a-vis the other members to be fulfilling and the relationship between music, emotions, the instruments and the club members to be gratifying. It’s important for the practicing that they do show. If that makes sense?
     
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    #12 Seiryu, May 10, 2019
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    I don't care about spoilers for anything, so I read ahead anyway.
    But that's good to know about the music and things picking up soon. I only watched episode two, so nothing really happens so far. I'm not liking the shallow/fake personality of the rich spoiled girl either. But then again, I'm sure her character/personality is going to follow the rich-child stereotype.

    Since there's only five episodes, things pick up quite fast then...

    Edit: @Kia
    So I got to watch episodes 3-4. I underestimated the rationality of having a genius/gifted teacher and the stereotypical hard work. Since it's only one song, it makes sense that they are rapidly picking up the basic skills of playing a koto. I'm super curious since the preview implies episode 5 is the performance to show the prick VP to stay in his own lane.

    I can say that they are legitimate with the intricacies of koto playing. From the little bits of serious playing, it is nice to hear that there are still true professional level koto players. Maybe my opinion was biased by hearing local artists not being all that great, but things sound great so far.
     
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    Bump for episodes 5 and 6
    Woah! That definitely exceeded my expectations! I'm used to hearing "traditional" koto music (episode 6), so episode 5 floored me just as much as the other students. Just like a symphony/orchestra/band/whatever, both aspects of harmonizing for chords or building off the beat/rhythm of others is a key part of music (what Kudou's grandpa is telling him is impossible playing on his own).

    I'm probably forgetting important stuff, but that was amazing to hear...unfortunately their next song is the "snoozer" sort of music I associate with koto (as did all the other students).

    I'm not liking the theme of "fake" people. Thankfully, it is ending with protagonists with this new girl. Although this new girl is forced to give up on her "bad habit" next episode already based on the preview. Considering the empty eyes she is repeatedly shown, I assume she has to have an interesting backstory. Same goes for Miss Talented. I was almost equally surprised that the story is to have her a runaway/disowned (has to be some sort of extreme if she's completely living on her own as a sophomore => Japan's school system has 3 years of middle school and 3 for high school so she's a sophomore by age/grade). So I'm super curious to get a teaser on her backstory (hopefully). Based on her and Kudou's personalities, they could literally skip over it since they both don't pry since they don't want people prying into their personal matters.
     
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    @Kia you still following the series? Episode 7 lives up to the hype your friend vouched for.
     
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    Yup. I thoroughly enjoyed it the day it came out. ^_^ But no one else was talking about it so I figured why talk to myself? Actually I didn’t realize you’d posted last here. That was my bad. I’m glad you’re still following and finding it worthwhile though!
    The dynamics between the characters are great. It’s made me happy that they’re bringing miss grumpy pants into the fold instead of letting her antics keep her isolated. It’s just been doing a lovely job of blending emotion, music and other elements to give a well rounded show, in my opinion considering the audience is supposed to be teens.
     
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    Yup, this series has a little bit of everything. I'm curious about this next episode. It seems like even 4-eyes has a sad past too (outside of the club failing and having it rubbed in their face by the club adviser).

    I really liking the relationship building and how interwoven everyone's connections are. It's perfect how each person goes out of their way (even when it is unconscious and selfishly driven for the Kudou sidekick trio helping the genius girl) to help the next newcomer. It seems like all of the new people's backstories come full circle, so I have to think 4-eye's backstory is a whole separate entity/problem. If this explains his lack of determination, then he gets out of the negative bias for me.

    Something I really like is how the author has seemingly completely different people connect over their shared sorrows/hardships. That's what life is about (working together to overcome problems) and many stories in any form of literature can't connect all the dots.
     
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