Episode 1 Impressions: Your lie in April

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Who doesn’t have the dreams of being a piano prodigy. To swoon the crowds with your every spirit and emotion flowing from your fingertips and amplified by the piano. However it usually entails hard work, dedication and in Kousei’s case, a tragic relationship with his mother.

e1yourlieinapril2Synopsis
Kousei spends most of his time transcribing music into piano sheets. Though his childhood friend Tsubaki has known him long before he became the shut away shell he is now. A time when he was a piano prodigy playing for hundreds of people.

His mother was an instructor, and often beat him into perfection. Being terminally ill, she claimed he would one day play at the biggest auditorium without fail. Though when he booked his big concert, she passed away. Leaving him shattered on stage.

While Tsubaki often tries to hint her affection for Kousei, she plainly states that she liked him better when he was playing piano. Though Kousei claims he can never play again as he’s become deaf to his own music.

e1yourlieinapril7Even still, Tsubaki doesn’t seem to be willing to give up and sets up a double date with them together along with a girl she met Kaori and their other friend Ryota. The catch being that Kaori is a musical prodigy as well and it seems Tsubaki hopes that she could help jump-start Kousei’s love for music again.

It seems to be working to some extent, as when Kousei meets Kaori, he’s enchanted and sees something magical in her as she plays music for some children. Following some rather troubling introductions Kousei discovers that their plans were to first see her play violin at a theatre nearby. Even though Kousei declines to go, Kaori drags him along forcefully.

Thoughts
I’m saddened sometimes with how much certain repeated elements bug me so much.  Coming into this show, we’ve already established the childhood friend throwing hints at the protagonist before having a new female interest e1yourlieinapril0enter the field.  We already know eventually the protagonist will show interest in the new addition and eventually break the heart of the childhood friend.

Even still, I’m rather hopefully of this show as it has a few elements around the core that could be interesting.  There is a slight element of the childhood friend seemingly using the new arrival to cure her beloved friend.  She may already see the possibility of him falling for her, but yet does it anyways.  Wanting for his happiness over hers.  Though that will of course all blow up in the later moments of the show.

My only REAL issue with the episode was the really terribly written scenes in the later part.  The trope skirt blow, obnoxious typical attacking of the main character, then this fluctuation between violent and overly chippery, got on my every nerve.

The show looks good, it sounds good, it even has an interesting element for the main character to deal with.  If you’re a fan of love triangles and an emotional ride, I’m sure you’ll fit right in here.  I’ll be sure to give it some more episodes to see where it’s heading.

This show is streaming on Crunchyroll.com!

Episode 1: Monotone/Colorful

THUMBS UP!

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IMPRESSIONS VERDICT:
Good!

Pros:

  • Great visuals
  • Good music
  • Strong emotion
  • Good writing

Cons:

  • Established the childhood friend trope

Impressions are based on a single episode and don’t necessarily reflect the series as a whole. Unless dropped, we will continue to give updates on thoughts and impressions of the series as time goes by.

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