So as stated at the end of my previous Christian Perspective, my initial assessment of Takeshi was off. As this episode progresses and Takeshi reflects on his feelings towards Kousei, we find out that this is more than just a simple rivalry, or a simple desire for vengeance because Takeshi feels humiliated by Kousei’s skill. It turns out that Kousei is something of an inspiration to Takeshi, a fact that is teased out through Takeshi’s own reflections, as well as those of his instructor. You can expect a bountiful amount of two things in this episode: piano playing and exposition. Both Takeshi and Emi play in this episode (Takeshi’s performance that began in the previous episode resolves, and Emi’s begins), and both are shown reflecting on Kousei’s impact on their lives.
One thing that is commendable about this series is that the creators are more realistic with the characters. Despite Takeshi and Emi both being highly skilled pianists, we see that they are actually quite nervous prior to their performances. This seems more realistic than the usual cockiness that highly skilled characters tend to show, and perhaps lends to the fact that Takeshi and Emi serve more of a purpose than simply being the rivals we’re supposed to dislike. Hopefully they will play more of a role in the ongoing story, as opposed to fading into non-existence once Kousei (presumably) “gets his game back”.
A Christian Perspective:
Okay, this may not be a strictly Christian perspective, but much like Takeshi and Emi, we all will inevitably come across someone who will inspire us—in our Christian lives, in our careers, in our hobbies, etc. The important thing is to make sure that the people we are following and allowing to influence us are trustworthy, especially when it comes to spiritual matters. 2 Peter 2:1 warns us that, “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves.” If the person or people influencing us is exhibiting behaviors or teaching things that are contrary to Scripture, then we should swiftly and decisively sever that person’s influence in our lives.
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