Your Lie in April at a Glance

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Y’know, I think I prefer my Manic Pixie Dream Girls American – at least they don’t say dumb shit like that. At the same time, though, is this something any modern Japanese girl would ever say anyway? At the same SAME time, I’m not totally sure I’d say the girl is a MPDG since she seems a little too devious for that classification, what with her whole sweeter than candy routine for the athlete guy, and her whole outburst itself isn’t much like a MPDG, is it? It is pretty anime, though, so lets just say she’s a Genki Pixie Dream Girl.

Once in a while, I do like to have a melodramatic show in my diet, and I was genuinely hoping this would fit the bill, even as I felt, going in, that I wish the kids were even just a couple years older. I also like shows in which people are dealing with a loss at a young age, as I can relate to that having lost several people during and immediately following college. I legitimately liked the first few episodes of Anohana several years back, even if that all went sideways, and hoped Your Lie in April (or as I entitled it in the screencaps, ‘Tomino April’) would manage to handle it with more aplomb.

Well… I guess the good news is that stuff about the lead having lost his ability to hear the piano after his mother died proved to not be in the show. That would’ve been pretty silly, although I was all set to talk about what a downer it seemed that anime seems fairly incapable of centering around dealing with loss without introducing some silly supernatural element; see: Anohana, Natsuyuki Rendezvous (and that one was a josei!). So, good on that. Other than that, though… ehhhhh. Maybe this would work better if the lead’s mother had simply died, not that he had a Stockholm Syndrome-esque relationship with her and now has the same with her memory. That’s a bit much in a show that seems largely committed to bright colors and cheeriness. I also couldn’t help but roll my eyes and say, “Again?” since, damn anime parents are so rotten, aren’t they?

And let’s go back to Kaori again, because I want to mention how much it bugged me how little her actions made sense in the last minute of the episode. So, girl thinks the guy is a budding sex criminal and was just beating him senseless, but now she’s grabbing his arm and insisting he come along to her concert? Huh? That doesn’t make any sense at all, I don’t care how Genki Pixie Dream Girl she is. That wouldn’t even make sense if she was tsundere – she just met him and obviously doesn’t have the hots for him at all. Its a show of pretty poor writing if you’ve already made someone’s actions incomprehensible in the first episode alone.

Sooo I’ll give this another episode, but I don’t see it panning out for me. And, by the way? The stuff before the OP even started where they show the street with the cherryblossom trees? All I could think of was, “Oh, this is like in 5cm/second! Well, except that was prettier.”

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7 Responses to Your Lie in April at a Glance

  1. Natsuyuki Rendezvous was fun orz

    I checked out the PV and not too crazy about music-themed series apart from Kids on the Slope but then again it was based a on good manga w/interesting directors and cast.

    I debated if I wanted to watch this show for a few min but I kinda lost interest after the whole meeting this one stranger who changed my life for the better plot hit me. Um, yeah, and childhood trauma problems aside.

    Still waiting for another josei anime series…

    • A Day Without Me says:

      With noitaminA pretty much ditching their original purpose (i.e. target 20-30ish working women who aren’t typically aren’t targeted with shows), I’m not too optimistic about the chances of a josei show anytime. I’ll admit to not really liking the most recent examples (to include Jellyfish Princess), but it is dismaying to not have any of it around at all. I prefer a more diverse line-up of shows, even if I’m not into all of them.

  2. Baphomet says:

    I guess the good news is that stuff about the lead having lost his ability to hear the piano after his mother died proved to not be in the show.

    Uh, what? Unless the anime script has been totally rewritten on purpose, this should be there. It is, after all, a major plot point and a major wall to overcome for the lead. The reveal happens a bit after the concert, so it will be in ep 2 or maybe 3.

    • A Day Without Me says:

      Well, based on the evidence given thus far (and I certainly can’t know what happens in future episodes), he doesn’t appear to have the lost ability to. Perhaps I am wrong, but I can only comment on what has actually happened in the show in episode one. Either way, I’ve since writing this post decided in favor of dropping the show, so I actually don’t really care much whether it keeps close to the manga or alters the material.

      • Baphomet says:

        Ah, it’s a bit more complicated. He only can’t hear the sound of his own piano and even that happens only after ~2 minutes of playing. He can start off just fine and keeps playing for a bit, then [major spoilers] start happening and he becomes unable to hear the sound of his playing.
        I hope that’s not too much of a spoiler for the other readers.

        • Baphomet says:

          To clarify further: it doesn’t matter whether it’s his own piano (he has one) or someone else’s. It’s just that when he starts playing, he soon stops hearing what he plays.

  3. niwasatou says:

    Maybe I’m weird but I actually prefer middle schoolers in these kinds of shows over high schoolers because the latter are just so damn common I feel like I’ve seen it all.

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