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Your Lie In April

Your Lie In April

  • TV-14
  • 2011
  • 1 Season
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Kousei Arima was a genius pianist until his mother's sudden death took away his ability to play. Each day was dull for Kousei. But, then he meets a violinist named Kaori Miyazono who has an eccentric playing style. Can the heartfelt sounds of the girl's violin lead the boy to play the piano again?...
Season 1

22 Episodes
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
 
Former piano prodigy Kōsei Arima, softball player Tsubaki Sawabe and soccer player Ryōta Watari are childhood friends who attend the same junior high school. Tsubaki believes the world to be colorful when one is in love, while Kōsei views the world as monotone ever since the death of his mother Saki Arima two years ago. Tsubaki invites Kōsei on a double date, as Ryōta will be introduced to a girl who has a crush on him. Kōsei explains that he used to be a pianist to fulfill Saki's dream up until her death, yet he still clings to the piano because that is all he has left....
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
 
Kōsei, Kaori, Tsubaki and Ryōta make it to the concert hall, where the second annual junior high division violin competition is being held. After the competition, Kōsei observes from the sidelines as Kaori runs towards Ryōta, almost like a love scene cut out of a movie. Because of this, Kōsei feels like he is playing the role of "Friend A", pondering his newfound mixed emotions for Kaori....
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
 
When Kōsei and Kaori go to the café, they notice an upright piano, in which Kaori orders Kōsei to play "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star". The sound soon resonates around the café as he begins to play a variation of the melody, but he abruptly stops and leaves in the middle of his performance. Kaori finds Kōsei at a park, where he reveals that he begins to lose his ability to hear the sound of the piano once he starts to concentrate, as if the flower petals are pulled upward and caught in the spring wind. Since Kaori was nominated by the audience to advance to the second round of the preliminaries, she tells him to get over his so-called curse and embrace his talent, appointing him as her new piano accompanist....
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
 
Kōsei, Kaori, Tsubaki and Ryōta rush to the concert hall on bikes, making it on time before the second round of the preliminaries begins. In the hallway of the venue, Kaori headbutts Kōsei to calm down his nerves and tells him not to worry, all before they are called up on stage and begin their musical journey together....
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
 
Kōsei, Tsubaki and Ryōta visit Kaori in her hospital room. Kōsei feels responsible for disqualifying Kaori from advancing to the final round of the preliminaries due to stopping in the middle of their performance, yet she has not said a word of reproach to him. He feels out of place since this is not something he can easily forget. Tsubaki has not been herself either, shown when she is not focused during softball practice, as if her eyes are cloudy. She seeks advice from her good friend Nao Kashiwagi....
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
 
Kaori reveals that she not only recorded Kōsei poorly practicing a set piece for the upcoming piano competition, but she also already submitted his entry of participation, much to his shock. However, she encourages him to imagine how he wants to play this piece. Tsubaki realizes how close Kōsei and Kaori are becoming and feels left out, so she contacts Saitō and asks him to be her boyfriend....
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
 
During the soccer regional tournament, Ryōta misses the soccer goal on his last kick, also costing his team the game. With the day of the piano competition approaching, a troubled Kōsei collapses from exhaustion during physical education class and is carted to the infirmary. Kaori later walks with Kōsei to the park, where he says that he is trapped in Saki's shadow. However, Kaori believes that Kōsei is himself, giving him comfort and support....
Episode 8
8. Episode 8
 
It is shown that Takeshi declined an invitation to an international piano competition because he believes that Kōsei will finally arise after an absence of two years. As Takeshi plays his set piece on stage, it is recalled that he worked tenaciously to improve his musical talent due to his aspiration to play like Kōsei. Takeshi receives a thunderous applause from the audience after he finishes his performance, and his hands shiver once he leaves the stage....
Episode 9
9. Episode 9
 
A flashback explains that Emi threw away all of her ambitions in order to learn how to play the piano, after hearing Kōsei perform for the first time. After a resonating performance, Emi heads backstage to the hallway and attempts to confront Kōsei, but she finds herself bereft of words and just walks away. After another intermission of fifteen minutes, Kōsei comes onto the stage to play his set piece....
Episode 10
10. Episode 10
 
Kōsei begins to fall apart in his performance, drawing buzz from the audience. He feels trapped in his mother's shadow, unable to escape from his trauma. He stops midway through, looking at Kaori in the audience and wondering why she played again during her performance before. This motivates him to keep playing, discreetly dedicating this set piece to Kaori....