Welcome! This particular blog will be on the topic of anime, specifically: Your Lie in April. Your Lie in April, also known as Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, is a romance-music genre anime.
With 22 episodes, Your Lie in April displays the musical journey of Kousei Arima, a piano prodigy since a young age. As a child, he showed natural talent for the piano, and was taught by his mother, a well known pianist.
Everyday, he played the piano and as he competed in competitions and won awards, his mother’s health had begun to decline. Child Kousei didn’t have much free time to do things he wanted, and his childhood friend, Tsubaki, always wanted to play with him. Even though he was constantly practicing to his mother’s liking, she continuously criticized his playing and eventually even physically beat him for his mistakes.
This got Kousei to go as far as yelling at his mother, wishing she would just die already. This created a crack between him and his mother, and after a few weeks, she died of her illness. After her death, Kousei couldn’t hear the sound of a playing piano, as if his ears were muffled in the deep depths of the ocean. At piano competitions, he could feel his mother’s dark, shadowy presence, as if she was haunting him. At that point, he quit playing the piano, and gave up going to piano competitions. His life became dull, but then he met Kaori Miyazono through Tsubaki, and she showed him a world so colorful that his palette began to take color. And Kaori began Kousei’s path back on to welcoming the piano back warmly, and importantly with no remorse.
A little review on it, I had absolutely loved watching Your Lie in April!
The ending was also great, but I can’t say much more about it without spoiling. The symbolism shown in Your Lie in April’s opening and throughout the entire anime is fascinating. A link of the article featuring the symbolism will be provided below:
The anime also has such a strong grip on music and how it can be played. You can play a song with sorrow, love, determination, and many other emotions can be interpreted. Kaori plays the violin with such compassion and emotion, and she helps Kousei to play the piano again. She is one of the most important characters in the show, as she leaves an imprint on everyone she meets.
This particular anime has a very special place inside my heart, being my very first anime I’ve watched!! (Not counting Pokémon haha) It’s been around 2 years since I’ve first watched it, but it’s still among my most favorite anime, along with Violet Evergarden and others. And despite being a bit short, Your Lie in April has even encouraged me to excel more at both the violin and piano (I played both before watching the anime)! And now whenever I play either of those instruments, I vividly remember Kaori and Kousei’s musical journey.
To wrap it up with some more information, the anime adaptation was adapted by the studio A-1 Pictures. The show aired from October 2014 to March 2015, and the manga from April 2011 to February 2015 with 11 volumes in total.
Coinenidencally, it’s also Your Lie in April’s 6th year anniversary (10-10-2020)!
Thank you for reaching the end of my very first blog! It’s a bit rough, but I hope to improve much more in the future! Until we meet again, see everyone in the next one!