Anime Tuesdays: Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April)

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If you like classical music, the kind of stress caused by watching Chopped, and feeling like your face has been dragged through pavement, Your Lie in April is just the thing for you. Don’t be fooled by the show’s initial sweetness. Yes, It can be as soft as a falling sakura petal. But it can also be as dark as a power outage (as in no hope within a five-mile radius). That being said, Your Lie in April is really good for clearing up sinuses. Bring tissues. I’d say the average human will require two boxes to last them the whole 22 episodes.


The Premise

Kousei Arima was once a piano prodigy. What began as a serendipitous encounter with a piano turned into a tyrannical practice as his mother’s illness grew stronger. Kousei became known as a human metronome, playing music sheets to perfection. This garners him admiration and resentment, but everything comes to a swift end after his mother’s passing. Kousei loses his ability to play the piano and descends into a life of normalcy where the only constant remains his childhood best friends Tsubaki Sawabe and Ryota Watari.

It’s not until Kousei meets the eccentric violinist Kaori Miyazono that the bridge between Kousei and music begins to form again. Kaori’s style is completely different than his own, relying on embodying the music without being faithful to a music sheet. Thanks to her fiery personality, she’s able to force Kousei into becoming her accompanist. This sets him in an unexpected path to forgiveness, redemption, and a whole lot of heartache.

Why You Should Watch It 

Your Lie in April is a visual and aural delight. Paired with impeccable writing, the show manages to convey a transcending sense of elegance and sentimentality few anime have managed to deliver. The plot is gripping and dedicates enough time to each of its characters without sacrificing pace. There is only one thing than can deter your binging. And that is the many crying sessions you will need to engage in throughout.

As you watch Kousei and Kaori compete, you will be so mesmerized by the intensity and enormity of their performance you won’t care if they win or not. In fact, you will forget they were competing at all. What I can’t stress enough is that the show isn’t really mushy and the performances aren’t grand. Instead, Your Lie in April presents a small and finite ecosystem in which its protagonists truly transform before our eyes rather than simply come of age. Here’s to reliving the growing pains of youth.

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Anime Tuesdays is a Tuesday column of The Nerd League featuring current or exceptional anime we think is worth checking out. To keep up with this week’s pick click here.

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