anime, review

Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso)

Synopsis: Your Lie in April follows a boy named Kousei Arima who throughout his childhood played the piano for the sake of his mother. But one day his mother dies of an illness leading Kousei to struggle to hear himself when playing the piano. Two years have passed and Kousei never really played the piano again, until he meets a girl named Kaori Miyazono during a date he has to fourth-wheel in between her and his best friend, Watari. His encounter with Kaori changes Kousei’s life as she inspires and pushes him into playing the piano again.

My Thoughts

This is the most beautiful anime I have ever seen, from it’s gorgeous and vivid3 animations, beautiful character designs and the way it uses symbolism and it’s inner monologue for each character (particularly Kousei’s). I at first had a problem with the way the series gives it’s character an upper lip (like Peach Girl), but it’s very easy to get comfortable with (unlike Peach Girl).

1The voice acting fits very well with the characters for both the Japanese and the English dub… yes the dub is quite good so you can go either way and it should be fine. This being a music anime, it only makes sense that the music would be fantastic and of course the performance sequences being completely mesmerizing. The first opening is incredible which really annoyed me when they changed it halfway through the series considering the second opening will never live up to the first one. But I do prefer the second ending to the first ending.

What I love most about the series is the relationship between Kousei and Kaori, as I find4 it amazing the way she inspires him and as they say, you should be with someone who inspires you. It’s not just the relationship between Kousei and Kaori, it’s the relationship between all the characters. Most of the characters are very interesting and are well-fleshed out. I loved the character of Kaori especially as she brought so much light and enjoyment to the series, I just wish they didn’t do what they did by episode 13-14. Now without giving anything away, I do understand why they would do this but even so it ends up pushing Kaori to the sidelines more in the series despite being one of the best characters in the show.

5I do also love Watari as he was an enjoyable character and played a great role as the best friend, but I wish he got more development and the show focused more on him at some points. And when I said “most character” I was excluding one character which was Nagi as she was a character I couldn’t care for and although she receives development, her arc is the most uninteresting thing in the anime and the time she gets in the anime should’ve been given to a character like Watari. I did enjoy every aspect of the story, from its pacing to it’s mix of comedy and drama but one problem I did have is at some points of the series, the drama becomes a bit far-fetched, but don’t worry, this is not something that happens often in the series. But one amazing thing about this show is that it has a perfect ending which is both emotional and satisfying.

Do I like it?: Yes! I love the show as it’s one of the most beautiful animes I have seen in a long time. I love the kind of romance they were creating for Kousei and Kaori and of course, majority of the characters made the series amazing.

Recommended: Your Lie in April is an amazing anime. If you like animes with sob stories like Anohana or animes revolving around music, you’ll love Your Lie in April. I recommend anyone to at least try it as it is a popular anime people have spoken a lot about and it at least deserves for you to say, “I’ve seen a bit of it” if not a “I’ve seen Your Lie in April”.

Thank you for reading my review. I have plenty more reviews and discussions I want to get through for the next couple of weeks so you may be receiving more than just something on Tuesday for a bit. Till next time 🙂

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