“When you’re in love with somebody, everything looks colourful…”
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso proves to be the strongest opening romance anime this season. It is just beautiful, from the slow opening to the start-up, the build-up and the final climactic ending. Just. Gorgeous.
If you’re reading this review and you haven’t seen this show yet, please go and check it out because the entire production is stunning.
A-1 Pictures is REALLY bringing it to the table with animation this season. First opening scene begins with falling cherry blossoms, fallowing Kaori as she ventures around time following a tiny neko. We get these absolutely A+ quality animation scenes before the show cuts to its opening song. I am actually stunned by how amazing it all looks. They incorporate a wide variety of styles into the openings scenes to aid in transitions and set an overall aesthetic to the series. You’d think that the collage of visuals would be incoherent but they work surprisingly well in generating a dynamic and warm setting for the story to unfold from.
Our story is told from Kousei’s perspective. A piano prodigy who now clings to music as a way of coping with his stressful past, particularly the death of his mother. He’s currently in high school and surrounded by two close childhood friends – Tsubaki Sawabe, a sporty tomboy who’s constantly encouraging Kousei to do something exciting with his life, and Ryouta Watari, a girl-crazy all around nice guy. The entire plot of episode brilliantly conspires for Kousei and Kao to meet ALL COINCIDENTALLY. Kaori is Tsubaki’s friend. She’s interested in Watari and as a result, Kousei ends up pulled into the meeting when Tsubaki introduces Kaori to Watari in a double date sort of set-up. The great thing about it all is that Kousei really has no idea what hits him right in the face. He’s viewed everything in monotone monochrome ever since he lost his mother and his music. Kaori, on the other hand, is like a bright ball of shining colourful energy when we meet her and it’s such a stark and visually dramatic contrast to the very complacent and calm life that Kousei’s been living.
What does it mean to truly live? How does music bring redemption? I think these are two big questions that Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso hints at in this opening episode.
What made me love this episode as much as I did was probably how well the entire storytelling and dialogue was structured. There are serious moments and comedy moments; both are VERY appropriately spaced out and are neither rushed nor out of context when it happens. In fact, the pace of the episode flows at a really engaging slice of life pace. Things are only really happening in Kousei’s life, but you get the feeling that everything is emotionally building up to that moment when he sees Kaori for the first time. Literally, the entire atmosphere and setting LIGHTS UP (great visual presentation of Kousei’s point of view). They really went heavy on the bright glows in the Kaori X Kousei moments.
I’m sure Kousei will fall for Kaori in no time but… the big question is how will Kaori shift her attentions to Kousei instead of Watari
I’m also really impressed with that last moment in the episode when Kousei is hesitating with his first step back into the music hall. We see Kaori takes his hand and literally pulls him forward. EVERYTHING LIGHTS UP. The refreshing score music here helps complement the animation and further drive home the point that Kousei’s world has suddenly lit up (literally and figuratively) and speaking of music, I can’t wait to grab both opening and ending songs when they release. I expect the soundtrack to be crazy good just because this IS a series about music. I know there were will be tons of drama but I’m really looking forward to it. There are some series you know you’ll get emotional watching. In these situations, you WANT them to rip your soul out and you want to feel the feels. This is one of those series and I am absolutely elated to be able to recap, review and present Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso to you guys.
What are you pondering today?