Anime Spotlight: Your Lie in April

Your Lie in April is based on a manga series written and illustrated by Naoshi Arakawa. The anime was produced by A-1 Pictures and was directed by Kyohei Ishiguro. The series ran on Japanese television from October 9, 2014-March 19, 2015. As of this writing, Aniplex of America holds the North American distribution license for Your Lie in April.

Kosei Arima was a piano prodigy as a child and was famous among child musicians. But after his mother, who also served as his instructor, passed away, he had a mental breakdown while performing at a piano recital. Since then, he can no longer hear the sound of the piano even though he can still hear perfectly well, and has disappeared from performing.

Kosei is now in middle school, and hasn’t touched the piano in two years. But his life starts to change after meeting Kaori Miyazono, a free-spirited violinist who ends up dragging Kosei back into the world of music. Kosei encounters a lot of struggles as he tries to resume playing the piano, and he also finds himself falling for Kaori. But Kaori seems to like Kosei’s best friend, Watari, so this complicates matters for Kosei. And it turns out that Kosei’s longtime friend and next door neighbor Tsubaki is in love with him, but he doesn’t notice. The elements of music and personal drama come together to create a compelling story that keeps a viewer riveted and wanting to see more.

The first thing that caught my attention was the animation. From the very first scene, I was impressed by the vivid look it had. The character designs also stood out, but in a good way.

By the time I finished watching the first episode, I was already hooked on the story and I wanted to see more. I had a couple days where I binge watched about 6 or 7 episodes in one day, which is highly unusual for me to do. And the only reason I would stop after watching that many episodes was because it was a time where I had other things I had to get done.

As I watched Your Lie in April, I found myself becoming highly emotional. The story was so well told that there were at least two episodes where I was actually crying. The writing for this series develops the characters so well that the viewer comes to care about them very quickly.

Another thing the writing got right was how the backstories for some of the characters unfolds. The audience learns the basic gist of an event, and then a later episode embellishes on what was told and reveals additional information from seeing the same event from the viewpoint of another character.

Music is an important element for Your Lie in April, and the viewer can hear just how much care was put into that aspect of the series. It’s the combination of the storytelling, the animation, and the music that makes Your Lie in April such a strong and fantastic series.

Your Lie in April is an incredible anime series, and it should appeal to viewers who enjoy music and highly emotional drama. Once you start this series, you’ll find that you don’t want to stop.

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One comment

  1. Karandi · May 8, 2016

    I still haven’t been able to rewatch this series. Despite knowing how it was going to end the emotion of this show really got to me. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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