Your Lie in April – Season 2

Your Lie in April – Season 2

IMG_1684.PNGKousei Arima was a child prodigy on the piano, until the sudden death of his mother took away his ability to play. His days become dull and lack meaning until he meets a young violinist by the name of Kaori Miyazono, whose eccentric way of playing has gotten her attention in the classical music circle. By this chance meeting, Kousei’s monotonous life is about to undergo some drastic changes.

Since the first season, Your Lie in April has just come on in leaps and bounds. It has kept such a high level of consistency with its artwork, animation and backgrounds that I find myself eagerly looking forward to the next episode very much in the same way as always. The story continues on from where it left off at the end of the first season – Kousei has successfully come out of his shell, faced the ghosts from his past and is now well on his way to pursuing a successful career in music. Kaori, however, is on the decline due to serious health problems. She’s deteriorated so much that she can no longer play the violin, and is a shadow of her former self. Will Kousei be able to help her the way she helped him?

IMG_1685.PNGThe story and plot-lines have always been very well-paced. I like the way this season has been flipped to reflect how different a situation could be if two people switched their roles. Considering Kousei and Kaori’s personalities, I am very interested to see where this storyline leads. It’s tragic and yet sweet, carried along by the most awe-inspiring soundtrack I have heard from an anime in a long time.

The most unique thing about Your Lie in April is, by far, the music. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know much about classical music, but the way it is used in this anime makes me want to know more. I didn’t feel that I had to know any titles or composers and it’s not patronising in any way. The music is where most of the emotion in this story comes from – it’s the foundation that it is built on. Music is used in a very effective, powerful way that really makes you feel the highs and lows of each individual character, especially during the recitals, where passions are ignited, fears are faced and epiphanies are reached.

IMG_1693.PNGThough the main characters initially presented themselves to me as standard anime archetypes, they have developed into solid personalities. In some animes you can notice straight away when certain people act out of character, and it’s immediately perceived as pushing the storyline on abruptly because too much has got to fit into not enough episodes. Not so with this one. The groundwork has been expertly set so, just when we think that we’ve seen all there is to see of one character, another facet to their personality is introduced that makes the viewer re-think their opinions. Not only is this refreshing, but I’ve seen it so little lately that I am actually impressed.

IMG_1699.PNGSymbolism plays quite a big part, too. There are some very poignant scenes, but they are subtly done and nothing is blatantly rubbed in the viewer’s face, such as changes in the weather, reflections within a pair of eyes and how the characters choose to perceive one another. The slightly air of mystique it carries has certain provoked a lot of interesting theories within the community and predictions on how this one will end, which I have enjoyed reading.

IMG_1694.PNGYour Lie in April is a truly inspiring watch. It’s beautiful, emotive and and interesting view into the complex psyche of young, gifted musicians. Both tragic and heartwarming in equal proportions, it also combines romance, music, loss and self-discovery. A very well-written story, and a definite must-watch.