Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso Episode 21 Review

“Play… Play… That’s who I am, how I’m going to live my life. Because I’m a pianist… Just like you.” – Kousei

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It’s just seems like a cruel twist of fate that his musical attachment to Kaori is panning out similarly to the sickness and impending death of his mother… but while Kousei is once again pondering the meaning of music and by association, the meaning of his life, Kaori wants to eat canelés…

Rating: 4.2/5 curious clouds Crop_45 CuriousClouds Transparent

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso Episode 21 (16)Kousei ends up piggybacking Kaori up to the roof of the hospital. Every mini moment he spends with her he reflects on everything about her. The rooftop conversation is really to set the romantic scene because no one in the right mind would take a hospitalized girl into the snow and let her sit there munching on canelés. Kousei lending his jacket was a nice touch and I believe this is the moment where Kaori acknowledges her feelings for Kousei because she pins him as the reason for all her struggling.

“I’m going to struggle as hard as I can. Struggle, struggle, struggle like there’s no tomorrow.” – Kaori

The next scenes with a visage of Kaori playing the violin under the snow is not as prevalent in the manga, at least, it doesn’t seem so much like a fluid dream because the manga jumps from scene to scene according to Kousei’s internal reflections. The little insert scene of Kaori’s “miracle” drove the musical point home though I enjoyed the original quiet conversation a lot more.

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso Episode 21 (26)Episode twenty-one of the series moved A LOT QUICKER than I thought it would because it already takes us up to Kousei’s live competition and of course, Kaori’s operation. If you’ve read the manga of course, you know exactly how this is going to end.

Once again, Kousei takes to the stage and his performance reaches new heights charged with emotion and imagery. I really wish they didn’t cut the performance like this because I felt that this climactic point wasn’t climactic enough considering the point in the series we’ve reached and just how much is riding on this performance and this day.

While I am looking forward to see the conclusion of Kousei’s epic performance, I really don’t want to see the conclusion of the series… I’m prepared to cry. A lot.

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