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Your Lie in April ep5: burned into memory

I hate having to cover those episodes that come after a spectacle. You’re always wondering what else you could possibly say after being so inspired. That’s how I felt after watching episode 4 and coming around to this one. But everyone has to move on, and the show itself has no issues doing the same.

Kaori is the lingering cliffhanger from the last episode. We were left Read more…

Your Lie in April ep4: break the robot to build the man

“I knew this was a bad idea.”

That was all I could think through most of this episode.  Nothing was planned, nothing was really addressed, nothing was practiced and everything was riding on the air and prayers.  It should fail, it did fail.  But boy was in brilliant!

This episode was the performance, and nothing else.  Nothing else mattered.  Nothing else existed in the show’s world while this performance happened.  And I loved the focus displayed because of it.

Kaori and Kousei took the stage, and Read more…

Your Lie in April ep3: haunt the living, forebode the dead!

It’s amazing how someone’s personal feelings and phobias can be pushed aside and disregarded in the name of friendship and a under a river of feminine tears. Then again, making a lady cry is practically a criminal offense. So perhaps I could do like the show, and ignore an entire episode of bullying and harassment.

It all starts with Read more…

Your Lie in April ep2: re-remembering passion and love

Normally I’d not go for something that seems to be trying so hard to be artistic and emotional. But I suppose my own past keeps me from detaching myself from this show. Though it still feels like a standard shoujo story, the sprinkling of a specific artistic flavor does spice up the experience for me. I’m not saying I’m forging a connection with this show. However, the idea of the audience re-remembering love with the characters of a show isn’t unheard of. Read more…

Check-in Station: Your Lie in April ep1

March 30, 2015 2 comments

Not a bad start for what feels like a shoujo series. It’s my sincere hope that the four characters we see at the end develop it into a tight, complicated group of interesting people.

The set up is pretty standard anime fair. Kousei is a young, broken prodigy with an abusive past who effectively has and likely will continue to live alone for the majority of the series. Tsubaki is his childhood best friend who is a bit of a jock, and also cares for him in what feels like more than a sisterly fashion, but only slightly. Then there’s Ryouta, the popular guy who I hope is more than just a shallow dude who is relentlessly interested in intimacy with females. And Kaori, the enchanting blonde prodigy who is impressively outgoing. I can see this being a good mix. None of the characters annoy, and the show seems to have its focus properly placed on the characterization, music and romance; with plenty of light comedy thrown into the mix.

Going forward, my hopes are that this show plays with the idea of characters actually being in relationships and learning from each other, and not the seemingly never-ending dance of clumsy courtship that I see in so many anime. The classical music in this, I expect to be stellar and a nice change of pace. It’s easy to f*ck up pop music in its many forms, different tastes, and trends. But classical music is timeless and should be used at length but tastefully in a show like this.

Other than that, episode one was a good lukewarm dip into this show’s world. I’m willing to dive deeper. For at least the first five or six episodes anyway.

 

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