Sakamichi no Apollon – Music as a Form of Expression
We had certainly heard of famous musicians and singers, expressing their emotions in the songs they made, entailling about the experiences of their life. Through lyrics, it is easier, however, through instruments alone would prove to be a bit difficult, as I’m sure only a selected few musicians would be able to achieve the latter. However, that’s where anime comes in, where all the impossible becomes possible.
“Don’t think you need to do anything complicated at first.
All you really have to do is hit the keys.”
As depicted by Juinichi, Jazz isn’t a really uptight genre of music, it’s actually very freewill and aims at one thing, making music fun, entertaining and relaxing. It is unlike classical music which obviously focuses more on precise notes and accurate timing. Because it’s so freewill, it’s like the music they played are coming directly from their hearts, these makes them expressing their emotions more naturally. It is also noteworthy that the anime doesn’t necessarily focus on practicing or live concerts only. Actually, there are almost none of the latter, and a good part of the anime deals with human relationships and character backstories, which may or may not be related to their musical backgrounds. The subtle musical depictions of the anime provides the freewill outlet of Jazz music perfectly.
In the anime, there were already countless ways the characters relied on music instead of words for communication. Impressions, confessions, farewells; music unambiguously speaks better then a thousand words in all respective cases.
Though ironically, in order to achieve such accomplishment where you can “speak” through music, one must have legendary skills, and it’s subtly hilarious that some of these people who had reached such a peak were just high school students. Then again, it’s anime; even 16-years-olds can become Beethoven. We had seen Chiaki playing piano like Mozart, and we had seen Azunyan jamming on her guitar like Jimi Hendrix. It’s anime, where everything goes, even in the world of music.
Sakamichi no Apollon shows us an intruiging world where the characters had reached a point where they can “speak” with music. In fact, it’s music which evokes true empathy between them. There is no need to confesss your feelings nervously, and there is no need trying to say goodbye while breaking down in tears; just jam and let your feelings run wild.