- Title: Shingatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April)
- Genres: Drama, Music, Romance, School, Shounen (MAL)
- Studios: A-1 Pictures
- Episodes: 22 – 22min (Completed)
- Date: 10 October 2014 — 20 March 2015
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.
I stared at a blank page for a very long time, figuring out how best to write a review that would properly justify the brilliance of this anime. From the very beginning, the narrative, the art, the music, everything enthralled me. In its essence, Shingatsu wa Kimi no Uso is a show that will both depress and inspire you.
Set in the world of classical musicians, the story successfully captures the astounding beauty of music. With every passing performance and every background soundtrack, I am assaulted by a wave of emotions that were powerful enough to bring me to tears. It was omnipotent and omnipresent throughout the entire 22 episode long series, dictating my every feeling. Shingatsu wa Kimi no Uso is an anime that uses music so powerfully that it elevates our viewing experience to an almost transcendental level.
From the title itself (that many do not pay attention to), the show has already hinted at the significance of a lie. A lie that would permeate so deeply into the story to influence everything. This lie would soon be the center of the plot that turns the whole story around to give it a new direction. The wonderfully executed story and dialogue were able to successfully bring the characters to life as we feel for the characters, empathise with them and learn so much from them.
When we think of romance, we think of the occasional flirting, the occasional moe, and maybe bits of physical intimacy. Nothing screams romance more than hand-holdings or a kiss in the park at sunset. Yet, Shingatsu wa Kimi no Uso was able to portray the sweetest most beautiful romance with almost none of these. The romance between the two protagonists were so subtle yet absolute. The passive nature in which the characters express their feelings for each other could sound lackluster for a romance trope, but by the end of it all, we are presented with a wholesome and bittersweet romance.
“You’re like a cat. If I get close, you’ll ignore me and go far away. If I get hurt, you’ll play around to share the pain.”Kousei Arima
Should I watch Shingatsu wa Kimi no Uso?
If you arrived here after acknowledging its genres, then to fully appreciate this show, you should be willing to invest your emotional capacity as well as your attention to the anime. Only then will you be able to immerse yourself in its work and be able to appreciate it for the masterpiece that it is. If you’re looking to watch a casual anime series, then this is not for you, for now at least.
But mostly, it is a must watch for all anime fans. Its music encapsulates you. Its story engrosses you. Its art bewitches you. The emotions will overwhelm you. Unless you simply do not enjoy music or dramas, I cannot think of a single reason why you shouldn’t already be watching this anime. Then again, with how enjoyable and engaging the show is, even viewers that aren’t fans of these genres would come to fall for the charms of Shingatsu wa Kimi no Uso. Just be prepared to hold back your tears, unless you want to be seen sobbing awkwardly every now and then.