Anime Review: Your Lie in April

Anime Review: Your Lie in AprilYour Lie In April Series: 22 episodes
Genres: drama, psychological, Romance
Format: anime
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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.

Based on the manga series of the same name, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso approaches the story of Kousei's recovery as he discovers that music is more than playing each note perfectly, and a single melody can bring in the fresh spring air of April.

My Review for Your Lie in April a.k.a Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso review:

The anime is beautiful.

Because of it’s beauty I have no other alternative but to make this a largely pictorial review. Just look at it’s beautiful art.

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Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso review

This anime has the potential to make you cry…

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Make you cry a lot.

It will also make you laugh with it’s juvenile comedy peppered in the middle of the show.

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This anime  will make you feel a range of emotions if you let it…

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So just enjoy the music. Because the performances will make you want to listen to classic music scores daily.

 

My synopsis:

Your Lie In April is a series that follows Kousei Arima as he comes to enjoy the sensual nature of music after becoming deaf to its sounds due to a traumatic incident in his life. He used to be a musical prodigy but due to physical abuse and the loss of his mother he cannot hear himself play the piano.

Arima has given up on music but then Kaori Miyazono comes into his life.Kaori is a bit of a wild card (due to reasons that are illuminated later). She plays music freely and doesn’t follow the set rules. She wants her music to touch the lives of people. She forcefully takes Arima under her wing and makes him her accompanist. Kaori plays the violin while Arima plays the piano , so the musical match is made. But, will Arima be able to hear the music?

More sober review:

The short synopsis I have given might make the story sound cliched but seeing the story come to life is an experience in itself. The trauma Arima has gone through is heartbreaking and seeing it animated makes your heart break. No punches are pulled. If you ever envied those musical child prodigies this anime will make you want to give them a tight hug.

The pressure to win competitions is immense and it slowly and steadily takes the emotion out of the music. I love how the technicalities of how the music was being played were completely overlooked in parts. This is a flaw of the anime as well as you are just supposed to take the technical commentary at its face value. You cannot see or notice the subtleties of where the error is taking place while they are performing the musical pieces.

The anime foreshadows the fact that the anime will not have a happy ending but then it twists it up . (avoiding spoilers). It deals with death and music and the importance of emotions. Arima as a character is very well fleshed out, while Kaori lacks that depth. She is more of the muse till the final episodes where you see how much depth her character actually could have had throughout the story.

The score:

I loved it. The musical scenes and the animation of the scenes was beautiful. I’m addicted to the musical scores and even this score that used to keep playing throughout the series.

Negatives:

  • People might have a problem with how cliched the series is in parts.
  • It has a love triangle
  • The tragic air all around the series
  • The lack of any technical knowledge being explained
  • Any episode lacking a performance( I liked these but these are building up to the performance so people might not enjoy them as much)
  • Slightly slow start (Stay till episode 4 and if you still don’t like it give up.)
  • Romance (Believe me sometimes you just want them to focus on the music not at all times but sometimes the romance you just want it to take a back seat)
  • View Spoiler »

Positives

  • Musical Performances
  • Soundtrack
  • Animation
  • IT’S JUST SO PRETTY GUYS!
  • Character depth
  • Main character
  • Relateable characters
  • Emotionally satisfying and wrecking nature of the anime
  • No fillers all episodes serve a purpose and are important for character development
  • That ending <3

Overall, I loved the anime. The last episode wrecked me and I get a little teary eyed every time I hear the final performance (WORK OF ART) but I would still recommend it. The series is not without faults but I loved it so I would highly recommend it to everyone. Even before completing the series I was recommending it because of it’s beautiful art.

I’ve seen the subbed version of the series but I hear the dubbed version is also available now. Do watch it guys.Don’t believe me? Here’s a last visual for you.

 

 

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Here’s a video of a performance from episode 2 to motivate you. It’s the least spoilery video I could find so keep in mind it doesn’t have even half the beautiful imagery present in the anime also put on captions for subtitles.(I love the episode 4 brawlish performance more but that has more spoilers)

 

 

 

 

Kadbury

3 Comments

    • You should really watch it if you find the pictures beautiful. It will be worth it.

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