First Impressions: Your lie in April

So I’ve just finished the first episode, Monotone/Colorful, and I really think I’m going to like this show. It did a great job of exploring most of the main characters, as well as an information dump that was just manageable. We’re introduced to Kousei, Tsubaki, Watari and Kaori, our four main protagonists (I assume). They all seem fairly unique from one another and we can already tell a good deal about them from this episode alone.

Kousei is a former piano savant who stopped playing after his abusive mother passed away two years ago. Since then he’s seen the world as dull and gray. His father is often away with work, so he spends a lot of time alone and depressed. However when he first sees Kaori playing a melodica, he sees color in the world again.

Tsubaki is Kousei’s childhood friend and likely has a crush on him. She’s overtly strong and pretty talented in baseball and probably other sports as well. She’s high energy, bright, cheerful, and sees the world in vibrant colors — by Kousei’s assumptions.

Watari is also one of Kousei’s friends, and is quite the young ladies man. Though according to Tsubaki he’s the enemy of all women. More than likely he’ll be a source of comedic relief in the series with one or two very serious moments.

Kaori is a violinist who also shows talent with other instruments as well. She demonstrates her physical strength beating Kousei to a pulp when she mistakenly identifies him as a pervert who was trying to take a picture of her panties. I believe she’ll be the series main heroine as I see her the most often on promotional art, as well as the whole lighting up Kousei’s world aspect of the episode.

So my first impression from this show is that I will probably love it. I was a little surprised to find that I didn’t enjoy the intro sequence in terms of art or music all that much though. The show seems like a good slice-of-life kinda show focused around music and instruments. The art is pretty great with vibrant colors and sharp line work. It looks fun and lighthearted, but also that it’s likely going to have some darker parts to it. My guess is that this show is like being bipolar and off your meds. The highs will be bright and ecstatic while the lows will be dark and depressing. Either way it goes I’m looking forward to binging this show and getting back on that emotional rollercoaster.

Have you already watched “Your lie in April”? No spoilers, but how’d I do? After what happened with Nisekoi, I’m trying to avoid checking for information on Wikis or anywhere else.

Update: The full review will be available Monday!

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8 Comments

  1. I’m pleased to see you enjoyed the first episode! You are right about the highs being bright and colourful and the lows being very dark and dreary – it really does go to the extremes!

  2. Yeah I probably shouldn’t have scheduled this so late in the week. I actually finished a few days ago, and have the full review set for Monday. That was one hell of a show though!

  3. Hi! I watched Your Lie in April about 3 weeks ago and I really loved it. I think you will really appreciate it and I hope you do. It definitely is a roller coaster of emotions, a very ‘feelsy’ anime, but it is one of my favourites. I hope you enjoy it!

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