One of the most well written manga whose anime also does justice to this beautiful series. The more well known title perhaps is Your Lie in April…..
Author: Arakawa Naoshi
Genre: Tragedy, Music, Romance, School Life, Slice of Life
Rating: 9.8/10 (Manga) 10/10(Anime)
What can I say? I’ve been recommending this anime to a lot of people recently and I am so glad that they all said they’ll try it out… One of the few mangas where I liked the anime more than the manga itself, but then again it IS about music and you can only get the effect when you listen to the songs, right?
The story (briefly) is about a boy of name Arima Kyousei who is a piano prodigy but refuses to play the piano. It traces the past of why he refuses to play the piano and its bittersweet connections to him as well as the present day struggles he faces. He meets a violinist under cherry blossoms and she begins to work her magic( just a figure of speech, no supernatural powers in this one!) on him and changes the way he sees the world.
The story also concentrates shortly about all characters in it- his childhood friends, his piano accomplices(?) and his aunt.
While I generally avoid love triangles(the guy I support is most certainly not the one) , in Your Lie in April(English name) it was a completely new angle and it was heartrending! To be honest Tsubaki’s arc made me cry just as much as Kyousei’s. I felt for her and her dense ways touched me.
To me Kaori was an expected twist but Tsubaki’s story brought out more feels.
It is a beautifully woven story and I absolutely and thoroughly enjoyed every single bit of it- the animation, the art, the story, character development and the music.
I give it a solid ten and bet it’ll make you cry( or a bit sad, if you’re really, really hardcore…)
My next review (hopefully) will be about the other tragedy manga Koe No Katachi and then Sayonara Football!