As Kono Oto Tomare! 2nd Season / Stop This Sound! 2nd Season anime that has given us a breath of fresh air for this last season of 2019, I just can’t help but be amaze that something like this was aired, so kudos for Platinum Vision and Original Creator, Amyuu Sakura for coming up with something like this, so here are my ratings for this “Very Good” anime:
Story- Very Good 8: Unlike animes with a slice of life genre this basically takes the cake , though this is a continuation from the 1st season, it still hasn’t lost it’s touch as the member of the Tokise High School koto club aims for the nationals and it wasn’t just that, this was also how them underdogs got to prove themselves to other school with renowned koto club members that even the underdogs can have it’s day of victory.
Art-Decent 4: Frankly I really hate the boy’s school uniform pants, I just don’t thing that they should not have been given a plaint design, it would have been much fashionable if they sport a single color pants either black or blue , plaint should belong to them girls not to them boys…..Then again, this wasn’t an anime that one should expect to see any fan-services on Satowa and with Hiro.
Sound- Very Good 8: That’s for the koto being played in this anime and the opening and closing theme.
Character- Very Good 8: Even though we still see the whole gang from the 1st season , we did saw some character development around here as we see Chika who was at first ridicule to be a good for nothing delinquent to a person who was able to disgusting himself , there Satowa who seems to have a liking for Chika, well IMAO they’re a good match since Chika would someone whose personality can match his and has no qualms of doing it. From the 1st season we saw watta failure Takezo Kurata was from keeping the club open despite of calls from the faculty to have it shut down, and as fate have it it took a delinquent like that of Chika to have it revived and now we see Kurata become the club president, and we also see the bitch turned serious girl Hiro Kurusu, I kinda wish that Kurata confesses his feeling to her. So, far the biggest impact around here was Satowa as we see how much she had develop from a selfish kuudere to a helpful dere dere and what was touching was how much she and her okaasan reconciled after she and the rest of the koto member gave an impressive performance. There was also Akira and the club adviser,Suzuka Takinami whom at first we think were gonna give them club member hell but turns out that they”re very nice after all. You can free Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life Season 2 anime online watch and download.
Enjoyment-Very Good 8: Very much enjoyable that when I watch this from its first season up this 2nd season’s clean ending as I felt touch as to how them underdogs were able to distinguish themselves.
2019 has been a blessing for musical anime, not so much on the Idol side of things, but purely on the sensational rides of emotional feels. With the introduction of Kono Oto Tomare's 1st cour in Spring to set up for the lesser of things, then in Summer, Given's Shoujo-ai outclassed adaptation of a masterpiece, and then back towards this series' 2nd cour to finish up the race that has been built up from the 1st half. And I'd have to say that the experience is totally worth it from start to finish, I can still readily and heartily give this a 10/10 just like the 1st half for the same exact reasons it hooked me in the first place: the musical scores of the Koto and its players' many diverse skills that create lasting impact in tears.
The series overall had such a good story plot and better characters for the lack of namesake, NOT a single character is there for comedic relief nor just there for placement reasons, everyone works together as a team, even in the most insignificant of changes and at times being the weakest link, just as implied in this quote by Henry Ford: "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."
Assuming that you haven't watched Season 1, the story in a recap is about the Tokise High School Koto Club, on the verge of collapsing after seniors failed to make results. Takezou Kurata, the only member left, has to recruit members for the sake of keeping the club alive, while Chika Kudou, the delinquent grandson of a prolific Koto maker, and Koto prodigy Satowa Houzuki, who was exiled from her family due to fear and repulsion from family members, both come into terms with their suffering and atoned for their sins to understand their anthem of the heart for what they do and the inspiration of playing the Koto. Along with Takezou's bitchy classmate Hiro Kurusu and Chika's band of "The Three Stooges" friends, the 1st cour takes them to Preliminaries to see where they stood with rival schools and improvements are definitely on the wall (not to mention the romance "ship" between Chika and Hozuki which grows stronger overtime, along with Kirisu's contending crush towards Takezou).
If that was Season 1, you're definitely NOT prepared for what Season 2 has in store for you, as it takes what Season 1 has laid the foundation with, and gradually refines with the club's failure in making a stand-out dent in the Preliminaries, as a stepping stone for the Nationals to proceed within the upcoming span of months. Suzuka Takinami, the Koto Club's relenting "failure preacher" of an advisor suddenly sees the improvement in them, but with the Nationals requiring a whole different set of high-standard caliber, he adopts someone whom Hozuki knows that infers the bad blood of family relations further: former middle school rival and current Hozuki Family heir Akira Doujima. Slowly and surely, the relations of both Hozuki and Akira worsen from the get-go due to how much complacency that Hozuki's excommunicated mom and manipulative grandmother have cast a dark shadow within each other's lives. Even to the point that the current situation of the Koto Club has to be on the upper echelons of unrealistic expectations set by Akira, to which Takezou knows that with the lesser of experiences they had, it was a tough uphill race to improve, reflect and practice like hell. But practice they did, and to an extent, Hozuki opened up Akira's heart to see the majesty of playing the Koto while the tightening-down of skills and expertise are still required as focus for the Nationals, for the sole purpose of one aim: to give their best and perform admirably.
To summarize, the 2nd cour had better pacing than the 1st cour, along with the intense character drama, mostly between the rival schools that have made their mark and strive to be better than before, all in the purpose for reconciliation and reformed hearts of determination.
As I've said in my 1st Cour review, this series has been studio Platinum Vision's Magnum Opus of a production, but to think that the 2nd Cour has managed to improve and refine on what the 1st Cour lacked, is a tremendous improvement on its own. Kono Oto Tomare would forever be anchored as the "Platinum" status that the studio has ever achieved, it's vision being so remarkable with loopholes from the get-go and what has been done here is nothing short of impressive. The highly detailed light-shaded visuals got significant upgrades that hid the lesser of the animations in this 2nd half, and it's a delight to have the improvement needed.
The music itself is a WHOLE OTHER ballgame, as the Koto pieces get more rich-sounding but skillfully hard in technique, the combination of the two brings a whole new world in the music that plays and for every musical piece, it just brings nothing but feels, emotions and most importantly, teas of joy. I cannot emphasize enough that the music in Kono Oto Tomare has always been its valiant strength of why we say that "music is the universal language of mankind". If nothing touches music, nothing ever will, and in this case, emits that music to great effect. Same goes with the OST, with Shouta Aoi and Yuuma Uchida's respectively new OP and ED, both are equally as great songs as the 1st Cour, I'd say that while I liked the former OP more than the latter, its ED is infinitely better than the former, so much that I love it on repeat.
The music genre has its fair share of good and bad anime, but I'd must say that Kono Oto Tomare as a series overall is just splendid, bar none. Instant recommendation for music lovers and those of the (lesser) romance and completely Shounen aesthetics.
I sincerely can't praise this series enough, truly one of the best anime of 2019 that's no AOTS, but rather, a dark horse for the year.