Isn’t it funny how the most unforgettable scenes can be so trivial? – Kousei Arima
Your Lie in April, or Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, finally came to Netflix. Now that I have finished watching it I figured I would do a bit of a review of the series. The anime is based on a manga with the same title and has 22 episodes. Music is at the center of this romance drama, following the life of Kousei Arima after the death of his mother. Kousei has not been able to play the piano for two years now and he lives a colorless life alongside his friends Tsubaki Sawabe and Ryouta Watari. That is until he meets Kaori Miyazono, a beautiful and lively violinist. The story follows Kousei’s recovery and how he learns that music is more than just playing every note perfectly according to the score.
The anime was very beautiful and I definitely cried more than once while watching it. Besides the struggles of a teenager in Junior Highschool, Kousei especially has to face his old traumas in order to be able to move forward with his life. We get to see the characters grow up emotionally and figure out their own feelings and what that means to them and their relationships. Loss of a loved one is a central theme through the series on various levels. I personally loved the focus that was put on what seemed like small, trivial moments. It is, in the end, those memories that you miss the most once that person is no longer with you, even if they might not seem like much at the time.
Watching this series has also kind of re-lit my interest in playing music. I’ll have to see if this actually leads to anything per se, but at least I went out of my way and created a classical music playlist on Spotify. I never really got into listening to classical pieces before, even if I have enjoyed a lot of soundtracks.
I give the series a 4 out of 5 cherry blossoms. I did really love it, but it’s not a series that will make it to my list of all time favorites. It is an emotional rollercoaster that teaches you to enjoy all those little moments life and that even in the depths of the darkest oceans, some light always pierces through.