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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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It's Great! Mostly
So I really liked this going in. I was really interested in Arima as a character, and the story is really good at evoking emotion from the reader. It was only around halfway through the story where I can issues that began to crop up.
Let me say one of my biggest gripes first, I don't think playing music makes for a great manga. Well, it CAN make for a great manga but here I just don't know how effectively it's used. There's a couple chapters of people just sitting there and reacting to someone play the piano, and I was weirdly reminded of DBZ when everyone thinks about how powerful Goku is. Apart from this issue, a couple of the characters really just did not sit well with me. Kaori, the primary love interest, is just the complete worst. There's a number of times where she just acts unnessicarily violent to Arima, and near the end she treats her boyfriend pretty terribly all things considered. I just did not like her at all.
Despite a couple of flaws though I still enjoyed this story. I really liked the ending, it made me think that one should look forward to the future. I kinda just wish more stuff actually... happened in the story.
I like the plot and the focus on music. I love the main character Arima Kousei and, despite his flaws and his tendencies to blame himself. he's a very lovable character. However, I couldn't stomach the main female characters, the love interest of Arima least of all. From the very beginning, I found Kaori violent, obnoxious, pushy, unsympathetic, and I couldn't understand why no one gave a second thought to understanding him and his trauma. What I've read so far haven't kept me interested.
The premise is okay if not a bit cliche, but I let it go because honestly, I'm a huge fan of music-based mangas, but this one wasn't it. It went okay at first, I suppose, you know the whole - boy suffers from horrible past that stops him from doing his thing, he meets beautiful girl who inspires and encourages him, he begins to change and gets over his past, etc. Yeah, I like things like that, I find it typical yet very adorable and sweet, but for this series - I did not fall in love with the characters.
I'll be blunt here honestly, I'm not a huge fan of abusive female heroines. I don't find it humorous nor do I find it cute and it irks me how it's used numerous times in here. Apparently it's supposed to be comedy relief, but whatever. Honestly, the only characters I found borderline likable was Arima, Kosei, and Emi.
Honestly, Kaori's personality irritated me with how forceful she was towards Arima and how she thought it was reasonable to abuse him for no reason at all? It was clear that she was interested in Arima along with Watari? Watabi? What'shisfacethesoccerplayerdudeidk - ? Good points though, are her violin skills and her pretty face.
Tsubaki the best friend wasn't any better, typical childhood friend who ended up having self-denial over her feelings for Arima because she keeps trying to think of him as some helpless wimp who needs her apparently. It doesn't help that she's also abusive towards Arima.
The soccer baseball sports jock guy that I don't even remember the name of - the minute he started drooling at Kaori while simultaneously picking up other girls - I already knew I would dislike him. Pretty much your typical gross, superficial player type of character who's supposed to care and support his friends a lot despite his ways and has some sort of sad story of how he let his team down or whatever idk
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.