Genre: Shounen, school, drama
Related Words: music, concert, pianist, violinist
Music accompanies the path of the human metronome, the prodigious pianist Kousei Arima. But after the passing of his mother, Saki Arima, Kousei falls into a downward spiral, rendering him unable to hear the sound of his own piano.
Two years later, Kousei still avoids the piano, leaving behind his admirers and rivals, and lives a colorless life alongside his friends Tsubaki Sawabe and Ryouta Watari. However, everything changes when he meets a beautiful violinist, Kaori Miyazono, who stirs up his world and sets him on a journey to face music again.
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General Overview (Without Spoilers)
This was my second time watching Your Lie in April and I have to say the emotion and greatness of this anime still has not disappeared. Your Lie in April is one of my favourite anime for a couple of reasons. It has amazing characters, a great plot, beautiful animation, and emotionally moving music.
Your Lie in April follows this boy that lost himself when his mother died. He was a pianist, but now can’t even properly play the piano without breaking down. Along comes Kaori who makes him wake up from his grey world and he manages to move on on another journey of music.
From the music and the atmosphere of the anime, you would think it’s happy and it all ends well, but it does the exact opposite. Along comes the drama, the tears, and the emotions, and the series brings us on a journey we won’t forget. I’d definitely recommend this anime to anyone who loves music and who wants to watch something bittersweet.
Full Review (*With Spoilers*)
The anime starts off with the introduction of Kousei, our main character, and his regular life. He has a best friend named Watari and a childhood best friend named Tsubaki, who is in love with him, but has trouble admitting it. The mood of the anime is immediately light hearted and fun, with the exception that we know Kousei’s mother had died two years ago.
As the episode continues, we meet Kaori, a girl who claims she has a crush on Watari. It turns out Kaori had a violin concert that day and the three of them decide to watch her. However, during her performance, Kaori pulls off an extraordinary feat unheard of as she changes the piece she is playing to her own.
A few days later, Kaori begs Kousei to be her accompany pianist since her other one had quit. At the very last minute before she is about to perform, Kousei agrees and they play together, but at the end of the performance, Kaori collapses, sending her to the hospital.
And the drama begins.
“Let’s go on a journey!”
– Kaori Miyazono
The fact that Kousei and Kaori’s performance was their first and last time performing together is really heartbreaking. They don’t get to perform again, due to the fact that Kaori gets injured or is in the hospital for the rest of the series. The characters conflict with themselves as Kaori’s condition worsen, most of it affecting Kousei since Kaori mirrored his mother.
The characters were amazing well developed, especially Kousei as we see him struggle to come out from the past that was swallowing him and trying to look ahead into the future. In the very end, we almost expect Kousei to break down again after Kaori’s death, but he doesn’t, which showed how much he had grown in that time.
The music that was played in the episodes were beautiful as well as the animation. When Kaori played that invisible violin near the end of the series to cheer Kousei up, it was sad to see her break down, realizing the fact that she could die any day now.
And when she did die, in the middle of her surgery, in the middle of Kousei’s performance, the scene that surrounded her death was so beautifully animated. It wrapped up the entire anime really well and connected everything Kousei and Kaori had been through. Kousei, who had suffered from music, finally realized he wasn’t alone. And Kaori, who suffered from her illness, realized that she had friends who would remember her and had helped her hero heal from his pain.
“Isn’t it funny how the most unforgettable scenes can be so trivial?”
– Kousei Arima
The letter at the end from Kaori in the last episode was the final straw and created this bittersweet atmosphere that concluded the series. Kaori is dead, but no doubt will live on in them as they look ahead into the future.