“This week’s episode of Fanfare of Adolescence focuses on the aftermath of Yu’s accident in a poignant and meaningful way. This series does not disappoint. It brings quality content every week.”

It is Saturday so it is time for another episode of Fanfare of Adolescence. It may not seem that way, but we are already almost halfway through the season. Indeed, this season has 13 episodes. And with last week‘s cliffhanger, things are going to get tough for our characters.

THE ACCIDENT

Episode six picks up not longer after the accident. So right away, we learn the consequences of what happened. Unfortunately for Yu, he had it quite bad while Hayato only has surface wounds. In fact, Yu needs re-education for his right hand which will take quite some time. Thus, it will be problematic for him to take the exams.

And obviously, this is the perfection opportunity for his manager to stir troubles. Yu’s manager already showed she was going to be trouble last week. But now that something happened she can actually unleash her mischevious plan. Interestingly, her design reminds me of the Witch of the Waste from Howl’s Moving Castle. And it does seem quite a fit for such a character. Truthly, she does not care about Yu’s well-being. She only cares about making money out of him. For her, that means Yu needs to be an idol and not a jockey. Every scene she has, she shows how despicable and manipulative she is. When we think about, she is the real villain of this series. Even though, Amane acts as the rival and at first he was not so nice, he grows on you as he accepts his classmates. With Yu’s manager, she is simply bad.

WHAT NOW?

Obviously, the accident has left Yu in a dire situation, especially since his manager is against him. Thus, this episode deals a lot with what Yu is going to do next.  He mostly feels helpess. However, his classmates are all hoping for the best. Moreover, it shows the bonds they have created and how supportive of each other they are. Even with Hayato who is thinking about his future as a jockey, Shun finds the right words to motivate him. Honestly, Shun’s positivity really helps both characters. Even when things do not look good, he always finds a way to cheer his classmates.

Once again, in this episode Shun shares an intimate scene with Yu. Their bond is so special, they do share something different than the others. Thus, it is always delightful to see them interact in every episode. Besides, Hiroyuki Sawano’s score adds so much to the tone of their scenes. His score feels so cinematic and it carries so many emotions. Undoubtedly, it is a soundtrack I will be buying. This should tell you how good it is. After all, it is Sawano.

Moreover, throughout the episode the sky symbolizes Yu’s situation. At the beginning, it is raining, it all feels like doom and gloom. But by the end when he talks to Shun, it is sunset with vibrant orange colors and hope has reborn. This is yet another reason I love this series. Every detail, every shot is carefully designed.

VERDICT

This week’s episode of Fanfare of Adolescence focuses on the aftermath of Yu’s accident in a poignant and meaningful way. This series does not disappoint. It brings quality content every week.

Fanfare of Adolescence is now streaming on Crunchyroll.

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