Musicians, artists, creative types. To the realists in society, those guys are a bunch of troublemakers.
Often, the creatives want to shake up the world with their creations: some idealize about changing society for the better, while some just want to be famous. The realists, on the other hand, have to deal with duty, responsibility, and on top of this, make sure that the creatives actually have a place to create and succeed. In actual fact, both of these types of people must be very hard workers to have any sort of success.
In ClassicaLoid, we see this dichotomy play out in a variety of situations.
Sōsuke and Kanae are two childhood friends who could not be less alike. Sōsuke is convinced he has a future in music waiting for him–but in reality, he cannot play any instruments, and just uploads videos and plays games online. Kanae has the unenviable task of taking care of her grandmother’s mansion while a couple of strange friends of her father’s start to live there–Ludwig von Beethoven and Amadeus Wolfgang Mozart.
Beethoven and Mozart appear to be reincarnations of the famous classical composers, but their personalities are even more extreme than the eccentrics their life histories make them out to be.
For starters, Beethoven is on a lifelong quest to create the perfect gyoza (dumpling), using all sorts of flame-shooting contraptions to cook them just right. While his dedication and concentration to the craft is commendable, his stubbornness and refusal to listen to reason is a thorn in the side of Kanae (who always ends up having to clean his messes).
Mozart, meanwhile, is like a hyperactive child, roller-skating up and down the house, throwing bouncy-balls off the walls and ceilings, and in general being too much to handle. On top of this, he confuses Kanae’s embarrassment in front of friends when in his company with romantic feelings. His efforts to woo Kanae only serve to make her more furious.
And then there is Sōsuke himself. Sōsuke lives in his own house, and yet is always hanging out at the mansion, lounging around, treating himself to food–and by his own admission–scrounging off the fast internet connection. Kanae’s frustration reaches its peak when Sōsuke refuses to move his old stuff out of the mansion, claiming that a “musician” needs his instruments. Kanae snaps back, “But you don’t play them.” However, Sōsuke sees it differently: “It takes time for a genius’s skills to blossom.”
Between the four of them, Kanae is the only one thinking about the situation realistically; she has to face the fact that the mansion will be torn down unless she can manage to bring tenants in. However, just as the literal wrecking ball hits, Beethoven has an epiphany of sorts, and an enormous force, the power of “muzik” fills the air. Without warning, the beautiful sounds and trippy visions make everyone forget their worries and dance with each other.
The following episode, Sōsuke is obsessed with trying to get Mozart and Beethoven to repeat this great feat, but it is no use. Beethoven does not even remember how he did it, it was just a spur-of-the-moment thing. Sōsuke has the idea that since Kanae’s birthday is coming up, they could muster up some muzik power for an unforgettable experience. But, as Mozart reminds him, this shows that he cares more about the muzik than about her birthday.
ClassicaLoid paints an interesting picture of the concept of effort. It is Kanae’s strong will and hard work that allows these three crazy guys to have a place to crash and mess around. It is Kanae who is the landlady of the house, handles all of the upkeep, and constantly makes the effort to attract new tenants.
Through flashbacks, we know her dream is to have the hand-cranked pipe organ play wonderful music to host balls in the atrium, as she promised her grandmother. But she has duties to deal with before that is a possibility. The men, however, don’t consider the details, and go for the passion. At least… with the exception of Sōsuke.
Sōsuke is convinced his musical genius will come to fruition automatically and does not seem to realize that constant practice, determination, and will are the only routes to success. Having witnessed the power of muzik, he is under the impression that some hidden talent will magically manifest itself like a snap of the fingers with minimal work. But that is simply not true.
Aside from Beethoven’s obvious obsession with the perfect gyoza, even Mozart trained extremely hard physically to unlock the secret of muzik, to the extent that he became so strong that he didn’t need its power after all. Even in their original incarnations, both Mozart and Beethoven worked hard to achieve what they did, even if they may have been born geniuses.
Sōsuke could learn a lot from Kanae. In fact, we all can. She is a strong, hard-working individual that, through her efforts, allows the rest of us to live out our dreams. If we all helped each other out in this way, we could certainly achieve a wonderful harmony.
ClassicaLoid is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.