Annotated Anime: Your Lie in April episode 5


Get in the robot Kosei

This is really the kind of show you have to watch alone, due to the crazy emotions that tug at you during viewing. Everything is so subtle and delicate, you feel like any distraction might take away from the experience. The music, color pallets, and those eyes! Yes, I still love Your Lie in April.

It feels weird going so gaga for a show. I'm trying to remain as objective as possible, but it just feels like new love. After Kosei and Kaori gain the adoration of those in attendance for their insane show, we find Kaori is hospitalized, claiming that this is the first time that she's fainted. She says it in such a way, that we can't help but want to believe her. Too bad we find out later, that's just not true. Tsubaki is confronted by a long time crush, but is just not having the reaction she thought she would. Ryota is still pimping his goods and scoring goals.


The humor in this episode was really on point, and gave a nice contrast to the melancholic build up of everyone's hearts. Just when things well up to a point you think you might not be able to bare, something that makes you laugh out loud happens. The little kids in the show are just absolutely priceless.


I really noticed how well the ambient music in the show is used this episode. Things really matched well with the dreary backdrop of the cloud filled skies. Even in such grey surroundings, the attention to detail just looked amazing. Seriously, you could pause almost any frame of the show and make a wallpaper out of it. Eyes, eyes, eyes. Tears, tears, tears. Bring it.


We finally also find out where the show's title comes from, at least in one way. The ideas of what it means to be a musician, and what it means to be alive really resonate with me, and the sweet love story brewing is just so charming. You really don't want to see anything ill happen to any of the characters happen, which is rare for me. I usually want to see spears raining out of the sky, and giant robots laying waste to towns. Now do we think that Kosei will play in a piano contest? Or, will we be yelling at the screen next week, telling him to "Get in the damn robot!"

[Check out the beauty of Your Lie in April over at Crunchyroll]


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