Your Lie in April

Along came a brave little girl who took what was left of her short, fragile life and ran with it, pell-mell right in front of the boy she liked, the music she loved and the food she loved and the rest, as clichéd as this sounds, is history.

knhqt2ilyzf0egxaz61m
From left to right: Tsubaki, Kaori, Kousei and Ryota

 

I’m referring of course to the anime above:

Shigatsu Wa Kimi No Uso
Your Lie in April

 

Here is an anime all about embracing your life, taking joy in it and expressing yourself through the absolute joy that is music. Throughout its 22 episode run, Your lie in April touches heartstrings and provokes smiles and tears alike. It’s a soft, subdued and gushing tale of teenage love and music. Sit down and enjoy the ride.

The premise is simple enough: Arima Kousei, a child prodigy on the piano bumps into Miyazono Kaori, who herself is a child prodigy on the violin. He gets to know her as the girl in love with his best friend, Watari Ryota and she gets to know him as Watari Ryota’s other friend next to Sawaki Tsubaki. And amidst all the hanging out and accompanying her violin pieces on his piano, Kousei Arima grows and falls, hard.

tumblr_niibj8CoOU1qbvovho1_500.gif

It’s a story that’s been told numerous times but as much as the overarching plot has been retold over and over and over, Your Lie in April paints it a whole new way. I could talk endlessly about the animation, the music and the storyboard but I think I’ll think to what stood out the most: the emotional well in the story.

You’d think the story of a couple of friends hanging out and jamming together is an equation for a happy ending but oh lord was I wrong. The story runs deep, deep here and pulls and tugs the viewers into and out of it with frustrating regularity. And no matter how clueless you are about classical music (I’ll admit it, I can handle a piano but I don’t know the first thing about actual music theory), this will draw you in. It’s not about the Chopin or the Bach that our friend Kousei is playing, it’s about the story he’s telling or the picture he’s painting through the music and my god have the developers done some wonderful animation work in showing us that. Ranging from faceless demons hiding behind his shoulder to clouds floating by his head, the anime just jumps up in terms of quality whenever someone’s tinkling the ivories. And don’t even get me started on the soundtrack.tumblr_nlsgq2uHfO1rcufwuo2_500

But the story is so delicately balanced between happiness and sadness, it’s perfect. Unlike Anohana, the only other anime that made me feel like the world ended, where every episode hit the viewer hard and unrelentingly with scenes of characters breaking down, Your Lie in April holds back and reserves itself. There’s tones throughout the entire anime of something deeper and sadder than what seems to be going on but until the last moment, you expect everything to work out.

Your Lie in April handles the concept of hope very well. Everyone in this story is hoping for something and some of them succeed and some of them, sadly, don’t. This realistic portrayal of the bittersweet end of hopes and dreams are probably what hits the viewers hard. Whereas Anohana dealt, gratuitously and rather heavily I might add, in death, grief and mourning Your Lie in April doesn’t bog itself down with any of that. The anime is filled with joy and happiness, the scenery and the backgrounds drip with lush tones and the soundtrack is bright, lilting and masterful to say the least. And yet this is definitely a sad story,  a story of kids growing up, facing demons, struggling to survive, realizing and losing dreams and ultimately, as the sweet cherry on top of this profoundly bittersweet anime, music.

tumblr_nemx9mKAzz1qcsnnso1_500

Advertisements

One thought on “Your Lie in April

Add yours

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

Rishav K Singh

Project Theos

TPG

gay lawyer talks LGBTQ laws, news, and life.

A collection of jumbled thoughts that you should probably read.

Nadisha. 19. Sri Lanka. Architecture student. Avid eater. Avid reader. Wannabe avid writer?

100WordAnime

Reviewing anime in 100 words (approximately)

Just A Sack Of Star Stuff

Ramblings of a random teenager

Scribe's Canvas

A place for a little bit of everything

POSSIBILITY IN EVERY OPPORTUNITY

THERE IS NO HARM IN DOING YOUR BEST

The Pantless Anime Blogger

Reaching For 1,000 Anime Reviews.

OTAKU LOUNGE

Come chill on the couch.

trips and what not

#tripsandwhatnot

tacosinyourtwenties.wordpress.com/

SHOULD I BE EATING THIS OR APPLYING FOR A.. WAIT WHERES THE GUAC???

The Lit Mermaid

books & other loves in between

It Started in Oxford

Lifestyle posts from a Brit in Georgia

Ana Spoke, author

It's time to get hella serious about writing!

Glitchy Artist

Screenshots of the Universe

Kosmogonic

Submitting to the Glorious Inevitable

What Inspires Your Writing?

A blog dedicated to writers...and the people, places, and things that spark their creativity

wandering story teller

A few stories from my life...

Dimitris Melicertes

I don't write, I touch without touching.

Elan Mudrow

The Ridges of Intertextuallity

Jessa Quinn

Jessa reads... everything.

The Feck it Philosophy

Writing, short stories, poems, creative writing, novels, novel, poetry

joieangela

Books. Adventures. Celebrations.

The Novelty of Life

If reading is your passion

Stoop kid confessions (Vogue Giambri)

Just a NYC girl afraid to leave her stoop

The Ninth Life

It's time to be inspired, become encouraged, and get uplifted!

Thoughts of the Fallen

A collection of nonsensical words thrown together

Avoiding Neverland

A nomadic teacher's thoughts on preparing teens for life

one chubby blob

One chubby blob voices her opinions among the millions that have already been heard.

Lisa Jakub

Writing about what happens when we stop acting

Chris Martin Writes

Sowing seeds for the Kingdom

THE OBSESSIVE WRITER

Because life is too overrated to ignore

Lightningpen's Blog

Imagination becomes art when passion tricks insecurity

Grady P Brown - Author

Superheroes - Autism - Fantasy - Science Fiction

Indie Hero

Brian Marggraf, Author of Dream Brother: A Novel, Independent publishing advocate, New York City dweller

One Name A Day

Zeeshan Amit

%d bloggers like this: