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Your lie in April Episode #22 Anime Review (Series Finale)

The episode begins as the previous ended; Kousei sits atop the stool playing with all his heart to the audience before him. He barely touches the piano keys, more caressing them, as the sound bleeds out from its strings. Just like when Kaori first heard the same sound, the audience now is entranced. Kousei can hear the notes and he’s putting his entire spirit into the performance so one person can hear…so Kaori can listen one more time. The scenes change yet again, this time to a bleak Japan, covered in snow. A scene in a graveyard where no one has to say anything to know what happened. As Kousei played the piano, Kaori’s monitor went down two times. It started at 88, then to 81, then to 79, and there’s no need to continue. She lived the live she wanted to live; there’s no need for more because the performance said it all. READ MORE...

Your lie in April Episode #21 Anime Review

Your lie in April…The show has finally reached February in its own timeline and it’s absolutely perfect, thematically. At the moment, Kaori is at her worst. Her condition deteriorating, she resorts to a 10 percent chance surgery…that happens to fall on the same day as Kousei’s piano competition. It’s never said outloud, but we know. She states the date as the show cuts back to Kousei’s calendar, displaying the competition on the same day. February is a month when winter is winding down and spring is ready to rear its head after months of slumber. February is the month when Kaori will be long gone or given another chance. February is the month when Kousei will reclaim his title as THE piano player between him, Takeshi, and Emi or whether one of the other two eclipsed him. To use an easy comparison, Kaori and Kousei will see six more weeks of winter or will have the spring come early. READ MORE...

Your lie in April Episode #20 Anime Review

An episode about Tsubaki and an episode about Kaori, highly contrasted in material and just as affecting no matter what section you focus on. The first part is relatively upbeat, with the sad moments coming from something more personal than global, as the second half is. Tsubaki is a girl who waited too long to ask the question only she can ask. Because she likes him, but he likes her. It’s unavoidable. Even when Tsubaki gives her confession, he can’t respond. She doesn’t give him a chance. She says it and runs, almost forcing her love on him. It’s adolescence at its best, worst, and most touching. There’s no easy way to say that you love someone and Tsubaki hardly has the experience. READ MORE...

Your lie in April Episode #19 Anime Review

A girl who loved but never knew, a boy who fought and was given the top, a girl who admires, a boy who plays piano, and a girl who wants nothing more than one more chance. Your lie in April is not just vibrant in its color palette, but its cast of characters. And in this episode, each one had their moment. Tsubaki is finally reaching the conclusion she should have before she introduced Kousei to Kaori, at least for her sake it would be better. She loves Kousei for a long time and hasn’t really realized it. It’s hard at that age, but she knows know and it hurts all the more that she can’t help but talk about the things Kousei loves: Kaori and music. What did Kaori say about this? What did Kaori think about this? It’s all Tsubaki can do now to just be happy about Kousei, reawakened to music. It’s all she can do to hold back the frustration and tears that spending time with him is the most she can do and the most she can be happy with, at least as long as Kaori is alive. It’s heartbreaking to watch that play out. She can’t say anything because the feelings between Kousei and Kaori are so obvious and so affecting that it would be more to watch them all fall apart with a confession from Tsubaki. And she would be the cause of it. That’s what’s heartbreaking. A catch 22 of love in the worst sense. READ MORE...

Your lie in April Episode #18 Anime Review

No words are spoken between performers. Not even a whisper. Musicians can understand each other so well and so completely that even practicing the few months that Kousei and Nagi spent together is enough to get them completely on the same page. Teacher is pushing student and student is pushing teacher, both with something to prove to a loved one. I’m not a washed up pianist. I want to play music with you again. I’m not just a doting little sister. Look at me like a real person. Kousei gives a little glance toward Nagi when he starts to speed up, the accompaniment starting to take over. Nagi responds back, but not with another glance. She speaks with her music. The tempo speeding up and the audience absolutely captivated. It goes on like this for 10 minutes. A piece which has to be no more than four minutes, seven at most, long lasts this long because it can linger on Kousei. It can give time to slow down their playing to let them speak to themselves. Kousei’s not in it enough, Nagi won’t let this stop her, they will make them listen. READ MORE...

Your lie in April Episode #17 Anime Review

Another mark on the calendar, not even shown this time around because it is no longer something to look forward to. This episode is about the dread that leads up to standing on stage. The few minutes that a whole auditorium is looking at you and only you for their entertainment. It’s a terrifying prospect that professional performers look to. Nagi is a character that seems almost shoehorned in given the remaining episode count at her introduction, but she’s been an absolute pleasure to see. She represents Kousei’s remaining innocence. She’s the path Kousei could have gone own if his teacher was a little less strict. She’s benefiting from the flaws in Kousei’s teaching. She’s getting the best and she’ll be a better piano player, and a better person, for it. READ MORE...

Your lie in April Episode #16 Anime Review

An image of a golden angel waiting amidst the changing seasons, her bright blonde hair contrasting heavily with the browning and dying leaves falling off the trees. On one hand, a symbol of life and in another, not quite death but close to it. Your lie in April understands metaphors and uses them with striking purpose. Kaori has given Kousei new life as a musician. Without her, he would never have picked the piano back up and he and Tsubaki may still be living their lives as they were…content. It’s exactly where Kousei is with Kaori right now. READ MORE...

Your lie in April Episode #15 Anime Review

Tsubaki’s love is changing in ways that she always wanted to deny. She loves Kousei…as a brother. But not really. She’s vehemently denied it to herself, but everyone around her realizes it. Even her boyfriend. From my vantage point, he makes up a manager that he’s more interested in to let her off easy. Tsubaki’s the one crying by the end. She didn’t deserve his kindness, she doesn’t have a grasp of her emotions, and she doesn’t know what she wants because she denies it. When she asks whether Kousei would stay by her side or not, because it doesn’t matter either way, he responds in course: "If it’s all the same to you whether I’m here or not…Then I’ll stay with you. I’ll stay by your side." Tsubaki, forever grasping for what’s in front of her, has it laid out on a platter and still cannot reach. Such is love. READ MORE...

Your lie in April Episode #14 Anime Review

In an episode that should focus directly on Kaori’s illness, it opted to focus on the other girl in this story: Tsubaki, the lifelong friend of Kousei that never seemed to be completely with him. They’re friends, but not in the same way that Kousei and Kaori are and not in the same way that Kousei and Watari are. Tsubaki doesn’t realize that that’s fine. She’s consumed by jealousy because she doesn’t have a grasp on her emotions. As Kashiwagi says, she’s lying to herself. Tsubaki doesn’t see Kousei as a younger brother. Her eyes are only through the lens of love. READ MORE...

Your lie in April Episode #13 Anime Review

There were things I absolutely loved and there were things that I absolutely hated about this episode. This is perhaps the first episode since Kousei’s mother went crazy and struck Kousei hard enough to draw blood that I’ve hated Your lie in April. This time, it’s for a different reason. For 12 episodes, the show has built up a hatred for Saki inherent in Kousei because of the way she trained him at the piano. She was harsh. Too harsh for someone that was as young as Kousei was. Saki is no Terence Fletcher and Kousei is no Andrew Neiman. Kousei has no drive to become one of the greats and Saki is pushing her ideals too hard onto her son. Through it all, though, there was little hatred in Kousei’s eyes or in his mannerisms. This is his mother and this is what he wants to do. He doesn’t want to become a musician—not yet at least—he wants to make his mother happy. Striking him was the final straw and he lashed back out. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2015/01/16/your-lie-in-april-episode-13-anime-review/