Music accompanies the path of the human metronome, the prodigious pianist Kousei Arima. But after the passing of his mother, Saki Arima, Kousei falls into a downward spiral, rendering him unable to hear the sound of his own piano.
Two years later, Kousei still avoids the piano, leaving behind his admirers and rivals, and lives a colorless life alongside his friends Tsubaki Sawabe and Ryouta Watari. However, everything changes when he meets a beautiful violinist, Kaori Miyazono, who stirs up his world and sets him on a journey to face music again.
Based on the manga series of the same name, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso approaches the story of Kousei’s recovery as he discovers that music is more than playing each note perfectly, and a single melody can bring in the fresh spring air of April. – My Anime List
Based on 41 review scores:
While I didn’t like the romance or the overdramatic second half, this anime is overall amazing. The strong emotions emanating from it and Kousei’s seemingly radical change are strong, defining points. I definitely won’t forget ‘Your Lie in April’.
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When everything’s said and done all I can really say is that, to me, Your Lie in April is a masterpiece when it comes to telling a story about music. It inspires, captivates, and truly captures what it means to be a musician. I simply can’t wait to get my hands on the second set and finish off my rewatch of this series because, as it stands, Your Lie in April is still one of my all-time favourite anime.
Writer And Tales
I loved it. The musical scenes and the animation of the scenes was beautiful. I’m addicted to the musical scores and even this score that used to keep playing throughout the series.
Dr Animaniac Unscripted
These final moments is what undeniably turns this anime from an average musical drama, to the emotionally impacting masterpiece that it has become. This anime does a perfect job at driving home just how one fated encounter can shape the lives of so many people and lead to a cascade of events that shape everyone’s lives. It teaches us to always cherish the time we are given with our loved ones and understand that as long as those memories stay in your heart, that person is never really gone and will always be with you. There is really nothing that I could say about this anime that could express any better just how spectacular of a journey it will bring you other than to say it is the only thing as of yet to compare to Clannad and Afterstory. Just as that did, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso will leave you in tears and with a feeling of emptiness, but more fulfilled than you will ever be after any other anime. So all that’s left to say now is to go watch the masterpiece that is sure to go down in history as the best music drama of all time.
Your Lie in April succeeds incredibly as a thematic performance, portraying a emotionally resonant story to its audience. Combining just the right amount of distinctive style and thematic substance, much like a great performance its audience is left to contemplate the range of emotions delivered. There is plenty to take away from Your Lie in April, whether it be having confidence in oneself, the inspirational impact of music or coming to terms with death and the series is able to portray this with a high degree of excellence. While I can appreciate that the dramatics and emotional pathos present may not appeal to a select few, there is no question that I will remember Your Lie in April as an example of what can be created when the best of the visual, musical and thematic elements of anime come together to deliver a top-tier production.
In my opinion, this is anime worth watching and I guarantee that it will not be boring! Some say that only people who understand music will like this anime, and while you may indeed have a more developed respect for it if you are musician, I think that any and all anime fans will be impressed with this fabulous series!
A master piece, and I would recommend it to almost anyone. And if you’re a music lover or into the grand ‘feel train’, I can assure that you’ll especially love it. The lessons learnt from this anime will be remembered with great fondness and It’s masterful presentation and top notch soundtrack makes it an anime hard to top.
When Life Gives You Stuff
Your Lie in April is a great anime. The characters have great depth and development, the art style is amazing, the story enthralling (I watched all 22 episodes in one day – don’t worry, I still had time for work) and the music enchanting.
It’s a solid, well put together show, and if you don’t have the preferences I have, you should definitely watch it. Just because it’s not my type doesn’t mean it isn’t an outstanding piece of media. Even if it isn’t your type, you probably owe it a watch anyway. It’s just one of those classic-genre works, like Pride and Prejudice or The Scarlet Letter. You may hate them, but they’re still masterpieces, and they still deserve recognition.
Overall this was an emotional roller coaster making me laugh at one point then cry at another. This will surely leave a mark on anyone who watches it and made me appreciate good music even more!
This is a truly beautiful piece of work, one with which anyone who has ever played a musical instrument and performed on stage will completely identify. It is very well written, charming, touching and quite dark in places. The music is glorious and the animation is breathtaking in it’s detail in places.
Oh man, this anime. I never write reviews. This is my first review ever. I have to say something because there’s just way too much emotion in this anime. Sometimes I feel like its going to slow, but then I realize that I have goosebumbs on my skin and I’m sitting upright waiting to see what happens. That’s just the kind of anime this is. You have to watch it. It will change your life.
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Your Lie in April is an emotional ride that will make you experience every spectrum of emotion imaginable. The show is absolutely stunning visually and is really a work of art. The characters make you hang on the edge of your seat rooting for them. They are absolutely amazing to watch. The soundtrack will move you along with the story and the classical pieces in the show are wonderful. If you enjoy music you’ll be treated. The internet exaggerated the sadness aspect of the show a little bit in my opinion but that doesn’t mean you won’t be moved. I didn’t ball like most people online seemed to but I’ll admit I teared up. It’s been awhile since a show has made me feel this way. A part of that is because of the great voice acting in the show. Every voice actor was phenomenal and I have no complaints. The story has some major plot holes towards the end but it doesn’t ruin the story too much. Your Lie in April is 1 season with 22 episodes. When all is said and done even if you’re not moved by the story I think you’ll still enjoy Your Lie in April. It’s a true masterpiece
In the end, I think Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso may have become my favorite anime series of 2014 (surpassing Barakamon on my previous list). There might have been some weaker points towards the middle of the series, but the ending is what really caught my attention. For the most part, I remember an anime the most based on the ending of the series. Nagi’s arc was my favorite in terms of character development, and Kousei’s final performance to Kaori was the perfect way to end the series.
Me Just Being Me
The only thing I didn’t like about it is the pacing–it can be very slow at some episodes, and the monologue can be quite boring. Aside from that though, everything is perfect.
Alpha Knight Academy
Rave It Up TV
Overall, Your Lie In April is one of the most unique and well done animes I’ve seen. It is full of great music and beautifully drawn scenes. The story is really compelling and drags you in without hesitation. The characters have compelling backstories and seeing them develop with each other is very entertaining.
Overall, I believe this show integrates all that it wants to achieve excellently. It takes an often-told story and makes it its own: from the personalities and nuances of the characters, to how it goes about exploring its themes, to the music that drives the characters forward or holds the characters back. The heart of the story is fully-realized and fully expressed. Nothing seems half-done or rushed through to get to something else. That aspect is what makes this show so expertly crafted. It fully realizes the story it wants to tell and takes care of each important aspect. While it may have a few odd notes here and there, it is beautifully crafted. A line repeated throughout the show is a question Kaori asks Kousei: “Do you think you’ll be able to forget?” I’d be hard-pressed to say that I will. Your Lie in April is a show that stays with you long after the final piece has been played.
You can easily find your self connected to the characters.The characterisation is quite good and the anime has a high quality.I consider “Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso” as best romantic,musical anime(this is my personal opinion though)
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Ultimately, Your Lie in April is a story that starts out of the gates moving a bit slowly, but the pace matches the tone of the series. Structurally, it is a solid story of youth that dramatizes some aspects but never distracts from the intended message. On top of its other strong points, it’s aurally and visually a joy to the senses – and to anyone appreciative of a series willing to realistically approach the conflict of childhood abuse and the resulting trauma in a positive way. It’s not without a few setbacks, but in the end, Your Lie in April fashions itself to be a stand-out romance series that reminds us that while some relationships may be transient and brief, some people will come into our lives at just the right time for just long enough to touch us in a way we never thought possible.
Your Lie In April is probably one of the finest romance anime out there which can only be rivaled by the likes of Bakuman or Nana. Despite putting most of its focus on the music it has some tremendous emotional moments. If you are looking for a good romance or even good tear jerking anime, I would definitely recommend this anime to you. So just buy a ticket and get on the “Feelz” train because Your Lie In April is going to take you on a memorable journey.
Shigatsu wa kimi no uso is an anime to what nobody stays indifferent. I started watching it because i was bored and liked the style of the cover. At first i thought that the anime was going to be good but inevitably full of clichés: a guy who plays the piano, a girl with who he falls in love,.. but as the characters were presented i realized it was nothing like that. The main character has a deep personal and sad story beneath it, the girl he meets is nothing like the typical girl either. The anime avoids the clichés that naturally come with a love story, there’s something like a love triangle there too, or should i say, a love square? The sound track is perfect , the performances of the musicians breathtaking and with some suspense because you never know how it will go. If you’re sensitive like me it will even make you tear up..even the secondary characters are interisting and well developed. I have no flaws to this beautiful anime which moral is that we all have the courage to overcome our fears despite our past and follow our passion
Four stars with an asterisk- just on the story itself, I would have stopped at three. The music and art put it over. The show really needed a different style of humor, and a protagonist who was willing to put up a stronger fight against his demons.
Your Lie in April‘s flaws, however, are mostly only visible through the cracks of its veneer. It’s entirely possible to miss issues with the show’s characterization due to the frenetic way in which the drama develops as a whole. An animetic tour de force that grab you by the shoulders and chucks you through a whirlwind, the show’s well-balanced character chemistry and gorgeous animation elevate the core drama of the show to roller coaster heights right from the first episode.
The last arcs of the show are very much a rollercoaster and often times these romance dramas just end up fizzling out, but Your Lie stays consistent throughout. It may have some flaws, a few episodes I didn’t enjoy, but if you love classical music and romance dramas, this is probably one of the best you can watch. It’s no Toradora for me, but it’s definitely something I’d highly recommend.
The Outer Haven
I took a look at this series based off of a few people recommending it to me and I’m glad that they did as this show wasn’t the best romantic drama I’ve seen, but it was in no way, shape, or form bad. Great character development, multiple plot lines driving the main story forward, and plenty of emotion to warrant breaking out the box of tissues. While the second half of the show did suffer in the pacing department, it was used to further develop characters and actually make you care about them.
The anime features beautiful pastel colours; and, during the opening and closing songs, there are more manga-like illustrations. The content of the series is vivid and intense, especially during the music performances. The score is beautiful and perfectly complements the story; and it could even be said that the score is what gives the series its lovely cohesion.
The Grand Shuckett
Your lie in April is a great show for music lovers and drama lovers alike. Of the many anime that revolved around music this is my favorite. I cannot say enough good things about it.
My only warning is that you might want to watch it alone if you don’t want others to see you bawling your eyes out at the end.
Your Lie in April shines within it’s genre. The setting isn’t anything out of the ordinary, but so much more is done with it than can be said about other shows of the same type. That being said, it’s difficult to describe what this show primarily is, as the drama and romance aspects contend with each other just as much as the musical aspect that is present at all times.
A visually beautiful series packed to the rafters with heart to ensure that it’s funny and touching in equal measure.
Despite it faults, Your Lie in April sweeps us up in its color and emotion until its shortcomings are like a dimly remembered dream. Both the earnestness of the show’s romances and the exploration of art as both punishment and salvation shine through. Warts and all, I was sad to see this show end and I didn’t want to take it off of my queue.
Mage In A Barrel
As with many such shows in its range, Your Lie in April is a genre recommendation. If you’re a fan of dramas, music, romance, and overblown emotions, Your Lie in April is likely to appeal to all of those likes. While it’s certainly hampered by a lack of focus, the show’s highest highs are incredible feats of aesthetic achievement and emotional resonance.
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Kill la Kill isn’t like any anime you’ve seen before. From the character design and voice acting to the story line, it is definitely one of the most original anime to come out in quite some time. There are anime, and shows in general, that you watch and forget about a year down the road. Kill la Kill is one of those where you’re remember specific details and all of the character names for years to come. With the plethora of anime out there to view, it’s hard to find a true gem. Well, ladies and gentlemen, here’s your diamond in the rough.
If you want some sad slice-of-life, watch Clannad, or Angel Beats or something. If you want good music, check out Sakamichi no Apollon or Cowboy Bebop, or Samurai Champloo, or any other anime with a good OST. Don’t bother with this one. Seriously, it isn’t worth your time.