Your Lie in April

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Your Lie in April
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Cover of the first tankōbon volume featuring Kōsei Arima and Kaori Miyazono
四月は君の嘘
(Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso)
Genre Drama, Romance, Music
Manga
Written by Naoshi Arakawa
Published by Kodansha
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Shōnen Magazine
Original run April 6, 2011February 6, 2015
Volumes 11 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Kyōhei Ishiguro
Written by Takao Yoshioka
Music by Masaru Yokoyama
Studio A-1 Pictures
Licensed by
Network Fuji TV (noitamina)
Original run October 9, 2014March 19, 2015
Episodes 22 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Moments
Directed by Kyōhei Ishiguro
Studio A-1 Pictures
Released May 15, 2015
Runtime 23 minutes
Live-action film
  • Your Lie in April (film)
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Your Lie in April, known in Japan as Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (四月は君の嘘?, lit. April is Your Lie), or just simply Kimiuso is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Naoshi Arakawa. The series was serialized in Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Magazine from April 2011 to May 2015. An anime television series adaptation by A-1 Pictures aired from October 2014 to March 2015 on Fuji TV's noitamina block.[2] A live-action film adaptation has been scheduled to be released in September 2016.[3]

Plot

Piano prodigy Kōsei Arima dominated the competition and has become famous among child musicians. After his mother, who was also his instructor, died, he had a mental breakdown while performing at a piano recital at the age of twelve. As a result, he is no longer able to hear the sound of his piano even though his hearing is perfectly fine. Two years later, Kōsei hasn't touched the piano and views the world in monochrome, without any flair or color. He has resigned himself to living out his life with his good friends, Tsubaki and Watari, until, one day, a girl changes everything. Kaori Miyazono, a fourteen-year old audacious, free-spirited violinist whose playing style reflects her manic personality, helps Kōsei return to the music world and shows that it should be free and mold breaking unlike the structured and rigid style Kōsei was used to.

Characters

Kōsei Arima (有馬 公生 Arima Kōsei?)
Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae (Japanese), Max Mittelman (English) & Piano performance by: Tomoki Sakata Played by: Kento Yamazaki
Kōsei is a former child prodigy in playing piano, dubbed the "Human Metronome" for his near-inhuman mechanical accuracy, a product of his mother's overly strict methods of teaching. His ability to play the piano with unparalleled precision led him to win many competitions across Japan. When his mother died, the resulting psychological trauma caused him to be unable to hear the sound of the piano, and he gave up playing. Now, two years later, he takes up the piano again after being convinced by Kaori Miyazono, influenced by her emotional and unrestrained playing style. Kōsei eventually found himself falling in love with Kaori but held back due to the fact that she was Watari's love interest.
It is later revealed in Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso: Coda, a side story from Kousei and Tsubaki's childhood, that his reason/inspiration for playing so beautifully in his first competition was due to Tsubaki.
Kaori Miyazono (宮園 かをり Miyazono Kawori?)
Voiced by: Risa Taneda (Japanese), Erica Lindbeck (English) & Violin performance by: Yūna Shinohara Played by: Suzu Hirose
Kaori is Tsubaki's classmate, and is a free-spirited violinist who has drawn much criticism from judging panels due to her unwillingness to adhere strictly to the score, but is highly favored by audiences that hear her playing. Kaori first met Kōsei when she asked Tsubaki to set her up with Watari, and eventually convinced Kōsei to play the piano again, first as her accompanist and later in a piano competition.
Tsubaki Sawabe (澤部 椿 Sawabe Tsubaki?)
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura (Japanese), Erica Mendez (English) Played by: Anna Ishii
Kōsei's childhood friend and next-door neighbor, who treats him like a little brother. She is athletic and is part of the softball club at school. Often dismayed at Kōsei's inability to move on from his mother's death, she attempts to get him to play the piano again in order to make a clear decision about his future. She first denies her feelings for him but after undergoing several stages of denial, she eventually develops secret feelings for him, which she confesses to him later on.
Ryōta Watari (渡 亮太 Watari Ryōta?)
Voiced by: Ryōta Ōsaka (Japanese), Kyle McCarley (English) Played by: Taishi Nakagawa
Ryōta is Kōsei's and Tsubaki's childhood friend, and is the captain of the school's soccer team. He is extremely popular with girls, and usually adopts a frivolous attitude. However, he does come up with good insights every so often. Kaori was his love interest and when they are together, they are shown to be acting lovey-dovey, which makes Kōsei jealous. Kōsei later tells him about his feelings for Kaori, and he soon accepts this and gives him advice.
Takeshi Aiza (相座 武士 Aiza Takeshi?)
Voiced by: Yūki Kaji (Japanese), Erik Scott Kimerer (English)
Takeshi is a pianist of the same age as Kōsei. His aim was always to catch up and surpass Kōsei on the piano since watching him play at a young age. His resolve is so strong to the point that Takeshi would even abandon an invitation for a piano competition in Europe in order to compete with Kōsei. To Takeshi, Kōsei was like his 'hero'.
Emi Igawa (井川 絵見 Igawa Emi?)
Voiced by: Saori Hayami (Japanese), Erika Harlacher (English)
Emi is a pianist of the same age as Kōsei, who decided to become a pianist after listening to Kōsei play at the age of 5. She aims to reach Kōsei through her emotional playing style. There was also a hint that she has feelings for Kōsei, but this is not confirmed.
Nagi Aiza (相座 凪 Aiza Nagi?)
Voiced by: Ai Kayano (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (English)
Nagi is Takeshi's little sister who pretended to ask for tuition from Hiroko in order to scout his brother's rival, Kōsei. She ended up being Kōsei's student. She often says "Cliche" (陳腐 Chinpu?) to things that she thought are really cliche. She has a crush on Kōsei.
Saki Arima (有馬 早希 Arima Saki?)
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (Japanese), Wendee Lee (English)
Saki was Kōsei's strict mother who demanded that Kōsei practice the piano until absolute perfection, and often beat him up for small mistakes. While she did not plan to make Kōsei a pianist at first, her realization of Kōsei's talents and the discovery of her terminal illness made her decide to give Kōsei a strict foundation in piano in order to be able to find his own style and a living as a pianist after she dies. She died before Kōsei's qualification to what supposedly was his first competition in Europe. She appears in front of Kōsei many times throughout the show.
Hiroko Seto (瀬戸 紘子 Seto Hiroko?)
Voiced by: Mie Sonozaki (Japanese), Carrie Keranen (English)
Hiroko is a nationally renowned pianist and Saki's close friend from college. She was the one who discovered Kōsei's talents in piano and suggested Saki to make him into a pianist despite Saki's initial disagreement. Blaming herself for Saki's brutal treatment to Kōsei and his psychological trauma from Saki's death, she becomes Kōsei's guardian. After Kōsei resumed his pianist career, she also becomes his mentor.
Koharu Seto (瀬戸 小春 Seto Koharu?)
Voiced by: Inori Minase (Japanese), Cristina Vee (English)
A very small child who smiles very often and is the daughter of Seto Hiroko. She enjoys Kōsei's piano playing and always wants him to play more and is very attached to him. She usually clings by her mother's side and is adored by both Kōsei and her mother.
Saitō (斎藤 Saitō?)
Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu (Japanese), Robbie Daymond (English)
Saitō is Tsubaki's baseball-playing senior and her target of admiration. He confessed to Tsubaki and dated her, but suggested they break up after realizing Tsubaki's actual feelings for Kōsei, covering it up through saying that he found someone else he loves.
Nao Kashiwagi (柏木 奈緒 Kashiwagi Nao?)
Voiced by: Shizuka Ishigami (Japanese), Julie Ann Taylor (English)
Kashiwagi is a good friend of Tsubaki's who often gives her advice. Kashiwagi succeeded in breaking Tsubaki's stubbornness to realize and admit her feelings for Kōsei. Near the end it is established that she has an interest in BL (Boys' love).

Media

Manga

The Your Lie in April manga series is written and illustrated by Naoshi Arakawa, and began serialization on April 6, 2011 in Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Magazine. The first tankōbon was published by Kodansha on September 16, 2011,[4] and the final volume was released in two editions, a regular edition and a limited edition, with the limited edition bundled with an OVA, and was released on May 15, 2015.[5][6] The series is licensed in English in North America by Kodansha Comics USA, and the first volume was published on April 21, 2015.[7]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 September 16, 2011[4] ISBN 978-4-06-371301-5 April 21, 2015[8] ISBN 978-1-63-236171-4
  1. "Monotone" (モノトーン Monotōn?)
  2. "The Love of a Violinist" (ヴァイオリニストの愛 Vaiorinisuto no Ai?)
  3. "Black Cat" (黒猫 Kuroneko?)
  4. "Colorful" (カラフル Karafuru?)
2 January 17, 2012[9] ISBN 978-4-06-371317-6 June 23, 2015[10] ISBN 978-1-63-236172-1
  1. "A Dark Ocean" (暗い海 Kurai Umi?)
  2. "From Behind" (後ろ姿 Ushirosugata?)
  3. "Cloudy Skies" (曇天模様 Donten Moyō?)
  4. "The Water's Surface" (水面 Minamo?)
3 May 17, 2012[11] ISBN 978-4-06-371327-5 August 25, 2015[12] ISBN 978-1-63-236173-8
  1. "The Cassette Recording and the Moon" (ラジカセと月 Rajikase to Tsuki?)
  2. "The Way Home" (帰り道 Kaerimichi?)
  3. "The Shadow Whispers" (カゲささやく Kage Sasayaku?)
  4. "Mirage" (蜃気楼 Shinkirō?)
4 September 14, 2012[13] ISBN 978-4-06-371345-9 October 27, 2015[14] ISBN 978-1-63-236174-5
  1. "Surge" (うねる Uneru?)
  2. "Red and Yellow" (赤と黄色 Aka to Kiiro?)
  3. "Resonance" (共鳴 Kyōmei?)
  4. "Listen, Mama!" (ねえ、ママきいてよ Nē, Mama Kī Te Yo?)
5 January 17, 2013[15] ISBN 978-4-06-371359-6 December 29, 2015[16] ISBN 978-1-63-236175-2
  1. "Falling" (墜ちる Ochiru?)
  2. "The Scenery When I'm with You" (君といた景色 Kimi Toita Keshiki?)
  3. "Along the Railroad Track" (線路沿いの道 Senro-zoi no Michi?)
  4. "Under the Bridge" (橋の下 Hashi no Shita?)
6 May 17, 2013[17] ISBN 978-4-06-371375-6 March 29, 2016[18] ISBN 978-1-63-236176-9
  1. "Candied Apple" (りんご飴 Ringo Ame?)
  2. "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" (トゥインクルリトルスタ Tuinkuru Ritoru Sta?)
  3. "Spurred to Action" (つき動かす Tsuki Ugokasu?)
  4. "Rays of Light" (射す光 Sasu Hikari?)
7 September 17, 2013[19] ISBN 978-4-06-371387-9 April 26, 2016[20] ISBN 978-1-63-236177-6
  1. "Connection" (つながる Tsunagaru?)
  2. "A Chain" (連鎖 Rensa?)
  3. "Superimposed Outlines" (車なる輪郭 Kurumanaru Rinkaku?)
  4. "Footprints" (足跡 Ashiato?)
8 January 17, 2014[21] ISBN 978-4-06-371405-0 June 28, 2016[22] ISBN 978-1-63-236178-3
9 May 16, 2014[23] ISBN 978-4-06-371418-0 August 16, 2016[24] ISBN 978-1-63-236179-0
10 October 17, 2014[25] ISBN 978-4-06-371435-7 October 25, 2016[26] ISBN 978-1-63-236180-6
11 May 15, 2015[5] ISBN 978-4-06-371467-8
ISBN 978-4-06-358752-4[6] (limited edition)Check ISBN
December 27, 2016[27] ISBN 978-1-63-236312-1

Anime

A-1 Pictures has aired the anime production of Your Lie in April. It premiered on October 10, 2014 in Japan and ended on March 20, 2015. Crunchyroll is currently airing the series with English subtitles.[28] The first opening theme song is "Hikaru Nara" (光るなら lit. If You Will Shine?) by Goose house and the first ending theme song is "Kirameki" (キラメキ lit. Sparkle?) by wacci.[29] The second opening song is "Nanairo Symphony" (七色シンフォニー Nanairo Shinfonī?, lit. "Seven Colored Symphony") by Coalamode and the second ending theme is "Orange" (オレンジ Orenji?) by 7!! (Seven Oops).[29] The show has been added to Netflix with both English subtitles and the English dub.

Live-action film

On August 24, 2015, the domain 'kimiuso-movie.jp' was registered under Toho, a Japanese film production and distribution company, which made fans believe that a movie adaptation was in the works.[30] Speculations were confirmed in September 2015 when the main cast was announced for the live-action adaptation of the series: Kento Yamazaki as Kōsei Arima, Suzu Hirose as Kaori Miyazono, E-girls' Anna Ishii as Tsubaki Sawabe, and Taishi Nakagawa as Ryōta Watari. While the original story depicts the characters in their junior high year, it is announced that they will be in their second-year of high school in the film. The adaptation, slated to be released in Japan in September 2016, will be written by Strawberry Night's live-action scriptwriter Yukari Tatsui, and directed by Paradise Kiss's live-action director Takehiko Shinjō.[3][31]

Reception

The manga won the award for Best Shōnen Manga at the 37th Kodansha Manga Awards.[32] It was nominated for the 5th Manga Taishō.[33]

The anime adaptation was the winner of the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper's 2016 Sugoi Japan Awards.[34][35]

References

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  2. "Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso Manga Gets Noitamina Anime". Anime News Network. March 21, 2014. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Live-Action Your Lie in April Film Opens in September". Anime News Network. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 四月は君の嘘(1) [Your Lie in April (1)] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 四月は君の嘘(11)<完> [Your Lie in April (11) <Final>] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 DVD付き 四月は君の嘘(11)限定版<完> [DVD Bundle Your Lie in April (11) Limited Edition <Final>] (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
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  30. "Domain 'kimiuso-movie.jp' Registered Under Toho's Name". Anime News Network. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 
  31. "Kento Yamazaki, Suzu Hirose to Star in Live-Action Your Lie in April Film". Anime News Network. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 
  32. "Animal Land, Ore Monogatari!! Win 37th Kodansha Manga Awards". Anime News Network. May 9, 2013. Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  33. "Hiromu Arakawa's Silver Spoon Wins 5th Manga Taisho Award". Anime News Network. March 23, 2012. Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
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  35. "アニメ部門TOP5". Sugoi-Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved 24 March 2016. 

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