Animenewsnetwork - When I was in high school, I had a musical rival. He wasn't just my rival on our mutual instrument, but in everything: writing music, talking about it, and getting attention from our orchestra teacher and classmates. On some level, I knew he was far better at playing the cello than I would ever be, but that just made me more obsessed with besting him in some musical area. So I understand well why Takeshi turns down a trip to Germany for a chance to finally defeat Kosei Arima in competition. It's easy to get caught up in the rush of green-eyed envy, especially when you're an angry, obsessive teenager.