There wasn't supposed to be a post today, but I just had to share my thoughts on the anime I finished last night! ~
Your lie in April is an anime that has been in my peripheral vision for a long time, but I have to admit it intimidated me. Not because of the anime itself, more because it's the first anime I've watched that wasn't English dubbed and I had to quickly learn how to read the subtitles and absorb the visuals at the same time. It didn't take me long, five or six episodes or so, but I did find that my mind kept wandering and I'd miss a few lines and I'd end up having no idea what's going on!
Your lie in April was just lovely. Pure. Bittersweet. It's a story of love, loss, friendship, music and that messy little thing called life. It was more morbid than I expected, but also more heartfelt and uplifting. It's a great coming-of-age style story that focuses quite heavily on that 'fall down seven times, get up eight.' type-a thing. A few episodes in I sensed what was coming at the end, and I was right, but it didn't prepare me for the rush of emotion I felt as the last scene faded. I bawled. I cried to myself, to my mum, to Luke. I gushed on Twitter and had a lovely little exchange with Sophie. I cried some more.
Each episode is only bitesized, most coming in at around 22 minutes long, but the entire thing watched like a film. Because of this I watched it in its entirety within two sittings, each 11ish episodes long. The storyline flowed and ebbed and peaked multiple times across the 21 episodes but nothing felt separate, as if any of it belonged in just one episode only. It's visually stunning and is easily one of the most beautiful things I've ever watched.
Anime just does emotion so well. Everything is so passionate, nothing is ever half-hearted. The characters head into everything fiercely and with their entire being. It's quite inspiring, really, and Kousei's character growth left an impression on me especially. My favourite characters were Emi and Tsubaki's friend Nao, although of course Kousei and Kaori have a special place in my heart, too. They're neighbours with Kirito and Asuna.
For my first Japanese dubbed anime, I couldn't have asked for anything better. But now... what to watch next? I'm thinking Hunter x Hunter, but let me know if there's anything I need to add to my list! <3