Your Lie in April or Shigatsu Wa Kimi No Uso, follows Kousei Arima a child prodigy, whose piano playing is taking the competitive music scene by storm before the death of his abusive mother makes him unable to hear the notes he is playing. After two years without playing we follow him as he attempts to deal with his trauma and re-enter the music world at the urging of his new friend, violinist Kaori Miyazono. Supported by his childhood friend and closet companion Tsubaki Sawabe and the football team captain Ryoka Watari we follow their adventures and struggles as they prepare for a new chapter in their lives.
Of course I can’t talk about Your Lie in April without talking about the music. The music for this Anime is beautiful and comes in two parts. The ambient soundtrack and the pieces that the characters play and I will tackle them separately.
The ambient soundtrack is poignant and supplements the tone and atmosphere of events effectively. With a lot of emotionally charged and meaningful conversations to run behind the soundtrack does a beautiful job of not taking away from the Anime itself while still adding to scene it accompanies.
The classical music Kousei and the other characters play is both well chosen and beautiful, Chopin, Bach, Kreisler all make an appearance and provide the backdrops for some of the most important moments of character development and tension in Your Lie in April. However I did feel, at times, like it was a little hard to differentiate some of the ‘higher’ level performances and it is here that the visuals play their part in enhancing the storytelling.