Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (translates to Your Lie in April) is a Japanese animated series that revolves around Arima Kousei, a piano prodigy who lost his ability to ‘hear’ the sound of his own playing ever since his mother’s death. The story takes place two years after this incident, where he befriends Kaori Miyazono, a freestyle and free-spirited violinist, finds himself drawn to her and begins to find his way back to music.
Now I know what you’re thinking. Boy who’s miserable af meets a happy-go-lucky girl and suddenly finds that life is worth something after all? Sounds like the manic pixie dream girl trope at its finest, doesn’t it? And in the beginning, I really thought that’s how it was all going to play out. That’s why I put it off for so long. But then I watched it and boi!
This anime has just about everything. It’s got lively and complex characters (more on that in a bit), a bright and catchy soundtrack (I’ll leave a link for it at the end), and even if you find that you’re not that invested in the story (I’m aware that this may not be everyone’s cup of tea), you can’t deny the fact that it’s aesthetically pleasing as fuck.
It’s hard not to get caught up in the lives of these Kousei, Kaori, their friends, and the many hijinks they get up to. You wouldn’t think that a slice of life anime about fourteen-year-old musical prodigies would impact you that much, but hooo does it get deep. And it gets deep fast.
Of course, there were more humorous tender moments to balance out the tragic ones. It contains many generic life lessons—always have fun and be passionate when doing anything you love, bend the rules to your will and stand out, and many more. I found myself sympathising with the characters as these things happened to them and cheered them on when they overcome these obstacles.
I also love how everyone was portrayed as well. Some of them have it harder than others—wouldn’t be a proper slice of life anime without some angst—yet they were all treated with the same kind of love and respect. With the exception of Kousei being constantly bullied by his mates, though it does diminish as the story goes on. What impressed me more was how it had intertwined their everyday adventures with the more hidden, psychological issues these characters have endured, especially when it comes to life-altering issues such as abuse, guilt, trauma, and illness—be it physical or mental—so well and that they were all so supportive of each other and it just warms my heart so much.
And the ending. I swear to hell, it never fails to make me cry.I’ve watched this anime about 4385925 times now, and it doesn’t matter that I know the sequence of events and how everything’s wrapped up, I always bawl my eyes out. And I rarely ever cry. Over anything.
To conclude, I love this anime. It’s so ridiculously cute and harrowing and hilarious and I just have so many feelings for it. Let me know if I’ve piqued your interest or if you’ve already seen it or if you haven’t, go watch it, that’s it. Dev out.
Oh, I almost forgot. Have some music in your life. It’s pretty.
Until next time,
(Side image taken from here)