Classical music intertwined in this beautiful romance anime.
I praised Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso in my 2014 review where I sprayed it with awards. The show was able to deliver a stellar performance despite its shortcomings. This series showed that classical music can perfectly be the red line of a story, that takes its viewer from end to finish in an enchanting manner.
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso is as every romance anime utopian and sugarcoated. We follow Kosei as he meets Kaori who plays an curious instrument on a playground with children chanting around her, being a metaphor for innocent angels. Kosei gets reconnected with music once again. The reason he stopped is suffering trauma after the death of his mother who guided him through the early stages of his musical career.
The plot in itself is rather generic with two young people in love, but unsure about their feelings accompanied by rivalry friends who also want their shot at love. This is very common among anime series and won’t give any surprises for its audience.
Whilst watching Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, I detected similarities with ToraDora. Or at least the show had the same aura with its rather familiar plot. Certain scenes were very sugarcoated and bordered the unrealistic.
Shigatsu wa Kimi pushed the romance and the despair so far, that I felt irritated at times. I had a feeling that Kosei should man up from time to time as it was stalling the plot. As a viewer you didn’t want to cheer Kosei on anymore, since he missed substance and his sole purpose seemed to only wine and dwell in that state of mind the entire time.
The show would’ve done a better job if it had also focused on the positive character traits of Kosei as well to shape him into a character that was more than just dwelling on his past, blocking him from powerful decision making.
Kosei’s counterpart Kaori on the other hand was one of the best characters I’ve seen. She radiated with energy, which was infectious to its audience. Despite the hardships she faced, she was strong and had a lot of willpower. Perhaps this was intentionally done by the studio to create a reason for Kosei to evolve as a character throughout the run of the show. Admittedly this tactic failed as Kosei didn’t evolve as quickly as hoped.
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso delivered a beautiful performance when it focused itself on what it was best at; blending beautiful visuals with classical music which complemented each other, pulling the show to new heights, consequently making it the best show of 2014.
Shigatsu wa Kimi had a rich color scheme with Sakura pedals floating through its scenes. It was intertwined with the music, creating the romantic vibe that couldn’t be realized through the casts’ performance alone. The music had a truly profound effect on the shows development and it gave the studio room to create aesthetically beautiful animation sequences.
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso gave a new perspective on classical music with romance at heart. The plot felt utopian at times and part of the cast didn’t necessarily increase the overall enjoyment of the show. Nonetheless did it leave an outstanding performance and stood out above all other shows in 2014. I therefore rate the series a 9 out of 10.