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Piano prodigy Arima Kosei dominated the competition and all child musicians knew his name. But after his mother, who was also his instructor, passed away, he had a mental breakdown while performing at a recital that resulted in him no longer being able to hear the sound of his piano even though his hearing was perfectly fine. Even two years later, Kosei hasnít touched the piano and views the world in monotone, and without any flair or color. He was content at living out his life with his good friends Tsubaki and Watari until, one day, a girl changed everything. Miyazono Kaori is a pretty, free spirited violinist whose playing style reflects her personality. Kaori helps Kosei return to the music world and show that it should be free and mold breaking unlike the structured and rigid style Kosei was used to.
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So good and so bad at the same time
This manga is really catchy. The storytelling is nice, you just have to get affection for the characters even from the beginning of the story.
Even though, I wouldn't advise anyone I like to begin this one. It may actually be one of my biggest regret so far in term of manga choice.
One warning : don't get caught in with the first chapters' light atmosphere, everyone knows that your feeling about a story is strongly influenced by its end.
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Arakawa Naoshi is just one of the worst Sadistic mangaka ever! He just plays with his readers feeling to the end giving us hope just to break it after. This one manga could have been one of the best of the hundreds I have readen so far, just with one surgery succeeding! It may be immature of me but I just don't care about him anymore. Whatever his next series will be, be sure I won't even take a look on it.
I wouldn't mind starting a petition to ask an alternative ending.
... Last updated on June 20th, 2015, 8:35am
Even though the music terminology is completely lost on me it was hard not to enjoy this manga( even when the author makes me hate them and love them for leaving a lasting impression on me.
A must read
Not usually into stories centreing around music, however this was well done and drew me in successfully. So much so I was driven to read it through to the end within a day.
The story just works, and by the time the last or second last volume comes around you almost know what to expect yet at the same time can't help but hope...
The last two volumes, especially the last couple chapters had me clearly in tears, tearing up nearly like a baby.
The last chapter leaves you with a bittersweet "wait what!!?" Moment as you realize the story is over.
You almost wish the author had a five or ten year later story followup and yet you KNOW it's best left where it was. Leaving anything more to our imaginations or fanfiction.
Problematic, but it's good.
The females are obnoxiously violent and abusive for no good reason at all--the worst kinds of tsundere characters.
The endgame pairing is extremely disagreeable.
But the story is good and well written. It's meaningful, and the romantic relationship between the two main leads is deep and rather profound. It's worth reading, but one shouldn't ignore its bad points.
... Last updated on March 17th, 2015, 4:57am
Brought Tears to My Eyes, But I Liked It
This is one of my favorite mangas by far. I love the progression of the story and the sadness that accompanies it. I also appreciated how short the manga was (44 chapters) rather than the usual drawn out story lines with irrelevant fillers. Though it's short, you really relate and feel for the characters, making the ending that much sweeter (despite what happens).
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She told a lie in April, hence the title. Throughout the story, there are bits of hints here and there that showed that the protagonist was the one she truly cared for. I can't say I'm a fan of the ending. The author is cruel for having Arima experiencing a second loss in his loved ones especially when he took such great effort to finally move forward.
Not much to say; just that the line "Fin." made me die a little. Just as a bad break up, "四月は君の嘘" took a part of my heart. *Sobbing as a girl* Thank you 新川直司 for this work of art.
good story, good character design, and good quality picture, well for the quality picture in the first chapter, this one is somehow suck but, after that one there are some improvement.
Well this one is one of the best manga in my list but :
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This Ending I think this one is one of my bad ending, cause.. .. . (you should read till the end)
Definitely a shounen battle in Music
Yup, it's definitely shounen, not slice of life for me with some spice of black past, burden and real target to achieve whenever they play the piano, there's some battle background for me if you saw most battle shounen manga that having many dialogue in their fight here, is dialogue within self, while playing the piano so whenever i read when they play, I dunno why I always picture it as a battle manga
the MC is great, have a talent, but he honed it from little age while the past is not quite good with him he achieve the skill in manner, not burst out some magic that make him Imba in little time now he overcome his trauma and now he have a target, to awaken her to music again through music
BTW as long as I read, i not see any NTR which many forum tell about this manga/anime -_-' just a little tsun-tsun which not tsun-tsun
based till ch35
A tragedy disguised as a fluffy shounen
This beautiful manga about kids going on a journey through life with music has been giving me tragic foreshadowing since the very first chapter. Maybe it's just me and my melodramatic tendencies but every chapter leaves me with a bittersweet taste, especially on the romance asp3ct. I'm not saying that the manga disappoints. It definetely does not disappoint - it actually tells a great story of hope for a boy who lost his zest for music. If you ignore the undertones of loneliness and fear, this manga is a light read. I recommend this to music lovers and fans of self-discovery stories.