Your Lie in April is a heart-wrenching anime about a young boy and a young girl that is brought together with music; both having tragic pasts.

This article contains spoilers from the anime!

About Your Lie In April:

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso: Your Lie in April in English is a unique anime that brings back the great days or romance and classical music. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso is written and created by Naoshi Arakawa. Now for some short background information from what I think Your Lie in April is. 

Your Lie in April was supposed to be a happy anime. From the beginning, you can almost sense an awkward atmosphere between the main characters: with the in-between flashbacks. We all know too well, that flashbacks usually mean something bad happened. Most of the time, when was a flashback ever a happy time? When an anime uses a flashback in the beginning of the series it's usually to give background about a dark past. When a flashback is used at the end, it's almost always used to reference and remember the time spent. With that said, the purpose of using flashbacks with the theme of using classical music is greatly amplified with emotions. Classical music is, of course, an emotional genre of music. 

Hello Friend A:

Everything about this story is wonderful: the characters, the music, the art, there is just a sad and happy ending at the same time. You may cry tears in this anime, believe me. For starters, this anime is about a piano prodigy and his stubbornness of trying to play the piano again because of the girl he met. Yet behold and be told that he has a dark childhood. Yes, a dark one indeed, a traumatizing one that burdens him to his deepest part of his mind. Speaking of mind, let me talk briefly about the anime's title. Your Lie in April feels like a play on words. The girl, who is named Kaori, was looking for a boyfriend, but she was only pretending for a reason I will not spoil. This anime has been analyzed by myself and you may have a difficult time understanding me (meaning when I piece it all together).

So have you been waiting? Probably not. Your Lie In April will start right now. This will definitely contain a few spoilers so please don't read on ahead for your own wishes. We all know that at the start of the anime, you thought, isn't this anime about classical music? It's pretty nice. The animations and character are pretty cool, but the setting? It's people in middle school. Yes, middle school. What could these kids have interesting in middle school? One the main character was a piano prodigy, another kid is a soccer star, one is the main character's childhood friend, and the mysterious girl is a wild violin player. Nothing seems fishy here, huh? Just as I thought it's going to be one of those stories. Yup, the main character with a struggling past, and a girl with her own issues. I mean why else would she have lied about looking for a boyfriend in April, I guess, to befriend the main character? Quite devious, I would say myself. If I said that to a friend of mine, I'm looking for a girl that's way out of my league, do you know one? I'm confident and interested... Well, that's what Kaori here basically did. Which isn't wrong, but not desperate either. Her true intentions were a lie to herself. Later on, I will reveal to you why, but it's quite obvious to why she did that. Hey, now it's not like this anime was that difficult to infer. This is it, back to the point. Kaori was trying to get his attention because she was actually interested in him. However, what made me upset was on how kind of silly Arim Kousei's past was. He was like a crying child... Well, they are in middle school. I couldn't stand him not being able to let go of her mother's death since he thought he didn't do more than he could on the piano. In essence, his mom had psychological problems from what I see. She was being too hard on him, and she didn't seem like the person that had consulted a "how to raise your kids" book I guess. Later in the anime, Kaori forces herself to create plans with Arima. Arima didn't want to play anymore, but Kaori is basically being a push-over and got him to play again... So for probably about the first 6 episodes was just a foundation to start their friendship. After that, it was just a bunch of flashbacks and recollection of people Arima already knew! It's nothing entirely new to him, but it's new to us because we don't know anything. Which will move onto the latter half of the anime. I want to discuss not only the remaining last twelve episodes but along with why I think the author chose this style, especially for an anime involving classical music.

More Than Friends:

Arima is no longer friend A at this point. After he meets some old friends and acquaintances, he starts to rebuild his friendship with those people. Not to mention that Arima is probably based on the famous Japanese piano player, Nobuyuki Tsujii (or it was another guy who wore glasses but I can't remember his name), plus a Beethoven like past. During piano playing, Arima was deaf just like how Beethoven was (but he was around 26). I strongly believe the author made the characters middle schoolers because for selling and demographic purposes. I mean to a kid it would be cool, because the songs are cool for the first time, and for an adult, the story will be so touching like Romeo and Juliet but with classical music. Classical music is also an amazing way to express one's emotion and feelings, so that boosts the effects of this anime greatly (and you should know why). As soon as Arima is starting to understand and accept the fact that it was not his fault for his mother's death he tries to play the piano again for his own will. And what not a perfect way for a new character to join the anime that needs help in playing the piano like this episode after they practiced a bit... However, at this point in time, Kaori is getting really sick, and Arima is just out there having a blast. This part is what becomes really sad, but it can't be helped because he's in middle school. So it pays off for him to not actually understand love, but everyone knows it's love! Kaori does not regret it though. So the anime continues on at this hard-to-watch pace. Everyone is anticipating what will happen next, and it actually does happen, but the way it was executed was made this anime part of the reason it's in this treasury. Now let's move onto the final piece and to reveal the theme into the conclusion!

The Final Piece:

Now I noticed I refer to Arima Kousei in such a weird way. I mean by using his last name... So anyways, Kousei has finally realized what he wants to do. His mother just wanted him to be successful to him surviving in the world (and don't most moms want that for their kids, it's kind of stereotypical, but that is mostly an Asian thing), still Kousei has nothing else anyways. This is where I see the fault in this anime, is that Kousei, truly believes he plays piano for himself, but he didn't choose that path, his mom did, he just accepts it because he has put too much effort into it. Kaori convinced him to keep playing because unlike him, she does not have much time to live...

During Kousei's last performance, it's obvious how touching it is, because he finally understands what his passion has been...

He not only realizes what his passion is, but he also realizes he loves Kaori. He's so sad that she was unable to see his performance because if it were not for her encouragement, he would not have been a musician again. Of course, we cannot forget his arch-rivals from when he was young. This truly is a sad love story, especially for people only in middle school!

It's such a powerful message, especially for kids. They will learn how to treasure life and treat it with care and passion. It didn't have to end this way, but you cannot teach love and passion without someone dying, can we?

But Kousei was not left without a final message. As usual, Kaori would always end some episodes with a quote, but now she left a happy yet tearful letter. Then we get a scene of farewells...

Now onto the theme for one last time and a close-up.

Final Thoughts:

The whole point of this anime was to more likely not blame yourself for what has happened in the past, accept what has happened and move on, and never forget those that have influenced you in your life. I strongly believe that this was the purpose of the anime especially for people who have had a childhood where their parents died early, or they lost someone they loved at a young age. I would say that you shouldn't stop loving, but you should continue to still love the people that are still alive with you today. By always loving more and more every day, I believe you will not only live happier, but you will feel loved more than usual because those people will (genuinely) give love to you in return (sorry it sounds really wordy). To those people who remember and try their best to stay cheerful are usually the people that have a past that they do not want to talk about. I know many people in this world have a secret or a few they cannot tell because they will be severely punished. However, if you live like that, wouldn't it be better to be open about it, accept it, and then put it behind you, rather than keep it secret, hide or try to conceal it, and live with it in the back of your mind? It's tough... I too would cry. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso or Your Lie in April had a powerful theme and message. Whilst using classical music to bring out the true emotions of the characters, it clearly shined through to be a great story with such a heavy ending. An ending to why I thereby say, this anime is one of the best, and definitely a top in the musical anime genre.

Music is something everyone can agree to like. There is probably not many people that dislike music, so using music, I feel, to portray different emotions into telling a story, was a mechanism to captivate the environment of what the main characters have grown up in and reflect their changes, as you can see, with each new piano piece they played.

The Verdict:

Using our basic ten-point scale lets look at our breakdown of the allotted scores through each section of the anime in a brief and straight to the point manner.

Animation and Graphics:

The animation is okay, but what really makes the anime stand-out is how vintage the coloring and composition look. The less saturated and light look really give the anime a way for letting the color fill itself with the music the anime gives. With the combination of the graphics that have so many shading and lighting, and use of special effects, that's what made this anime stand out more from the usual crowd.

Character Development:

Character development in this anime, with Arima mostly, was kind of nerve-racking because of how his parent(s) treated him. I'm guessing it was supposed to mirror or be similar to Beethoven's past (maybe I'm wrong). The character development was predictable, and by already seeing the fact that Kaori was fainting left and right at a couple of episodes, we know something bad would happen to her anyways. Once the inevitable happened, with Kaori, and with what Arima has changed somehow (really wasn't well-expanded on), the story does conclude with them both taking away the precious memories of their time spent together. For that, because of the music, that made the character development seem huge, but it was mediocre at best.

Music, Sound, and Voice:

Nothing can really beat the amazing days of classical music. Combine emotional music with the right voice actors and sound effects, and you have a rich audio experience that immerses the viewer into believing they are right there witnessing a live concert of the likes. Even the use of the music, such as the opening, and original pieces the anime had, were well-used and fit the scenes for the characters. Most of the scenes with Kaori always had a sad song, and most of the songs with Arima had a feeling of confusion or remorse.

Story and Purpose:

The story wasn't hard to follow and it was simple. Since the story was simple, the author probably knew that the purpose for which the anime would portray would be weak. The use of incorporating and spreading the focus to different characters to try and incorporate moral beliefs was good because both Arima and Kaori were both suffering. Arima was actually an amazing pianist but struggled emotionally and mentally, and Kaori was not the best violinist, but she tried really hard but was challenged physically. Both characters complimented each other, and that was a good use of creating the basis of the story around those two.

The Overall Appeal:

The enjoyments were definitely there for this anime. I personally enjoyed watching it and seeing how it would turn out, and seeing if the author would give us a sweet bitter ending, a sad ending, or a happy ending. However, I was kind of hoping for a better ending instead of a, you know, I really changed, blah blah, kind of ending. The ending was a revelation kind, and it couldn't have been better unless the author shot for a different type of ending.

The Final Score:

A great 8.2 out of 10!

The Award:

Yet melting in sorrow (of music), brimming with flashbacks (the flashbacks), a truly heart-pulling story of change and love, and giving each other wonderful times... Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso belongs in the Anime Treasury!

Thank You:

Thank you for reading this review about Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso from SunKoiWish, and thank you to all the people who were involved with creating Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso!

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