Your Lie in April Anime Review
Genre: Romance, School life, Music, Tragic
I knew I was going to enjoy this anime. From the trailers I could tell it had music themes which is a big part of my life. To go along with it, the genre was romance. I knew this combo was going to bring a great story. Before I started watching this anime I did not read the manga and did not know the story within. As each episode came out weekly I began to read the manga. I am glad to say that this anime does follow the manga very closely and doesn’t have any major differences.
Plot of Your Lie in April
Music is everywhere. Arima Kousei is the world’s youngest piano prodigy. Arima’s mother taught him how to play and became known as the ‘human metronome’ by all his peers and the other competitors. When he looses his mother at age 11 he falls into a soundless and colorless world which he had only sought to play to keep his mother alive and well. Years later at age 15, he befriends a girl name Kaori Miyazono who is a violinist. Arima once again sees color as she pushes him to do what his present self won’t hear. With the help of his childhood friends, Tsubaki and Watari, he goes down the path of a pianist once again. What follows with coming in terms with your past and facing toward the future?
Characters of Your Lie in April
Arima Kousei is a world known pianist that stuck to the score of the music. He is talented on the piano but because his mother was so focused on this hobby, he didn’t get to do a normal kiddoes. When his mother passed away, his next performance,after her death, has a mental breakdown and could no longer hear the music that he was performing. Content with not being able to play anymore, he stayed close to his two childhood friends; Tsubaki and Watari. At a meet up he sees Kaori playing and singing with children at a park. Her performance lights up and colors his dark, black world. He often lacks motivation and isn’t confident about himself. This leads Kaori to be hard on him. He has major character development throughout the series and becomes strong.
Kaori Miyazono is a violinist who likes Watari. She is a free spirited individual who holds on a dark secret that she refuses to let define her. She does the opposite of what the score was created to make. When her world crumbles around her she still tries to fight and not give up. Her family owns a pastry shop. She gets close to Arima, Watari and Tsubaki.
Sawabe Tsubaki is Arima and Watari’s childhood friend. She is athletic and plays softball. Tsubaki became the “big sister” for Kousei when things started to go wrong. She doesn’t support his music playing as it takes him away from her. Sawabe is often stubborn and hides her feelings which causes problems for her. When Kousei becomes interested in Kaori, Tsubaki comes in terms with her feelings for him.
Ryota Watari is the childhood friend on Arima and Sawabe. He often is seen hanging or chatting with girls in the school. He is also athletic and plays soccer. He is there to help Kousei though times when he is needed. He meets Kaori at a meet up and starts to hang with her often.Later in the series it is obvious that he cares for her well being.
Ending thoughts of Your Lie in April
The animation was really good and visually appealing. The music that was performed was amazing. I love how they didn’t skip the music playing and the whole song was heard. Most of the songs that were performed also had the name in the captions. If you really enjoyed it you can find it online. As we all want to know, “What does Your lie in April mean?”. That question is answered in the last episode. Personally I didn’t care for what the lie was but I guess I can understand the reasoning behind it. This series is one of my favorites and it captured my heart.
9/10: No sexual themes, blood and tragic ideas are present.