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AFK's Anime Review - Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
by ~AFK~
Reviewed on Tue, 01/19/2016 - 20:36pm
~AFK~ Total Reviews: 2
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A melody that warms your heart.
Does music move you? Can it pierce your heart, your very soul? If not, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso is not for you. This anime is a rollercoaster of emotions. Be prepared to come out of it a little closer to Earth, not to mention your empty tear ducts.

As always, there will be spoilers. I'm gonna try and keep them to a minimum for this one, though.

Plot Summary:
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, or Your Lie In April, is a beautiful story of music, unrequited love, passion, and loss. Our protagonist, Kousei Arima, is a 14-year-old middle school prodigy pianist. Two years ago, his mother passed away before a major competition and the pressure of all that caused him to lose his ability to hear the notes. He had all but given up on playing anymore.
Then one day, he met a violinist girl named Kaori Miyazono, who liked his best friend. She pushed Kousei to start playing again and he fell in love in the process. His feelings for Kaori allowed him to overcome his curse and find happiness in music once again. However, we come to learn Kaori an illness, which will eventually take her life. Kousei is then forced to relive the pain of two years ago.

Boy, where to begin? This show hits you hard, episode 13, in particular. Almost every character has depth and their emotions feel genuine. You can almost feel Kousei's pain, whether it be through his words or his music. Sure, some of the relief scenes seem out of place, but the show would be far too heavy if some weren't included. Other than that, every moment is used to weave a beautiful story. I can't sing its praises enough.

Some people would take points off for the use of CGI during close-ups of the piano, but I can't. Music anime require a lot of fine movements and CGI is a great way to show them off. Characters move naturally and can even show tiny hints of emotion instead of generic happy or sad faces. Another home run.

It's an anime about a pianist falling in love with a violinist. How could I not talk about the music? It's a lot of classic stuff (i.e. Chopin, Bach, Ravel, etc.), but each song has the character's personality deeply infused with it. If you aren't a fan of classical, you might just be after watching.

You can easily watch Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso on any free anime site, but if you so choose, it's available on Crunchyroll with a subscription. At the time I'm writing this review, there aren't any English dubs and you'd have to import the Blu-rays/DVDs. So, you're options are either free, or $6.95 a month (with a bonus of even more anime).
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  • Wonderful story
  • characters
  • animation
  • and soundtrack.
  • Comedic relief scenes sometimes feel out of place. I don't have enough tissues.
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About this Item
Publisher: A-1 Pictures, Aniplex, and Fuji TV
Item Link:   Go there
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance, School, Shounen
Release Date: October 10th, 2014
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