Your Lie in April
|Your Lie in April|
Cover of the first tankōbon volume featuring Kōsei Arima and Kaori Miyazono
(Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso)
|Written by||Naoshi Arakawa|
|Magazine||Monthly Shōnen Magazine|
|Original run||April 6, 2011 – February 6, 2015|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Kyōhei Ishiguro|
|Written by||Takao Yoshioka|
|Music by||Masaru Yokoyama|
|Original network||Fuji TV (Noitamina)|
|Original run||October 9, 2014 – March 19, 2015|
|Your Lie in April - A Six Person Etude|
|Written by||Yui Tokiumi|
|Published||November 17, 2014|
|Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso: Coda|
|Written by||Naoshi Arakawa|
|Original run||February 25, 2015 – October 28, 2015|
|Original video animation|
|Directed by||Kazuya Iwata|
|Written by||Takao Yoshioka|
|Music by||Masaru Yokoyama|
|Released||May 15, 2015|
Your Lie in April, known in Japan as Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (四月は君の嘘) or just simply Kimiuso, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Naoshi Arakawa. The series was serialized in Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Magazine from April 2011 to May 2015. An anime television series adaptation by A-1 Pictures aired from October 2014 to March 2015 on Fuji TV's Noitamina block. A live-action film adaptation of the same name was released in September 2016.
Piano prodigy Kōsei Arima dominates various music competitions and becomes famous among child musicians, but also controversial. When his mother Saki dies suddenly, he has a mental breakdown while performing at a piano recital which resulted in him no longer being able to hear the sound of his piano even though his hearing was perfectly fine.
Two years later, Kōsei has not touched the piano and views the world in monochrome, without any flair or color, resigning himself to living out his life with his good friends, Tsubaki Sawabe and Ryōta Watari, until, one day, a girl changes everything. Kaori Miyazono, an audacious, free-spirited, fourteen-year-old violinist whose playing style reflects her manic personality, helps Kōsei return to the music world and shows that it should be free and mold-breaking unlike the structured and rigid style Kōsei was used to, and as she continues to uplift him, he quickly realizes that he loves her, though she already likes Watari.
However, while performing together (Kōsei having been dragged into it by Kaori), Kaori suddenly collapses after a moving performance and is hospitalised. At first Kaori says that she is anaemic and just needs some routine testing, but this is revealed to be a lie when flashes of her past reveal her collapsing and bleeding many times before.
Finally Kaori is discharged and back to her happy, crazy-self, inviting Kōsei to play at a Gala with her. However, Kaori fails to show up on the day of the Gala, and as her health deteriorates, she begins to give up on life. This time, Kōsei is the one who inspires her after playing a duet with Nagi Aiza, the pianist sister of a fellow rival of his named Takeshi Aiza. After shedding tears and listening to it, Kaori opts for a risky surgery that may kill her if it fails, just so that she can play with him one more time.
While playing in the finals of the Eastern Japan Piano Competition, Kosei sees Kaori's spirit accompanying him and eventually realizes that she has died during the surgery.
After Kaori's death, her parents give her letter to Kōsei at her funeral. The letter reveals that she was aware that she was about to die, so she became more free-spirited, both as a person and in her music, in order to not take her regrets to Heaven. She also revealed that she had been in love with Kōsei since she was five, and was inspired to play the violin so that she could one day play with him. Her supposed feelings towards Watari was the lie the series was named after, and they were fabricated in order to get closer to Kōsei without emotionally injuring Tsubaki, who also has limerent feelings towards Kōsei. After finding this out, Tsubaki confronts Kōsei and tells him that she will be by his side for the rest of her life. Kaori also left behind a picture of her as a child coming back from the concert that inspired her, with Kōsei in the background walking back home. Kōsei later frames this picture.
- Kōsei Arima (有馬 公生 Arima Kōsei)
- Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae (Japanese); Max Mittelman (English) & Piano performance by: Tomoki Sakata
- Played by: Kento Yamazaki (live-action film); Shintarō Anzai (stage play)
- Kōsei is a former child prodigy in playing piano, dubbed the "Human Metronome" for his near-inhuman mechanical accuracy, a product of his mother's overly strict methods of teaching. His ability to play the piano with unparalleled precision led him to win many competitions across Japan and even be invited to play abroad. When his mother died, the resulting psychological trauma caused him to be unable to hear the sound of his piano playing, and he gave up on it. Two years later, he takes up the piano again after being convinced by Kaori Miyazono to become her accompanist. Influenced by her emotional and unrestrained playing style, Kōsei eventually finds himself falling in love with her. He, however, does not confess his feelings due to his belief that she likes his best friend, Ryota Watari, which is later revealed to be a lie just to get close to him.
- It is later revealed in Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso: Coda, a side story from Kōsei and Tsubaki's childhood, that his inspiration for playing so beautifully in his first competition was to cheer up Tsubaki after the passing of her grandmother.
- Kaori Miyazono (宮園 かをり Miyazono Kawori)
- Voiced by: Risa Taneda (Japanese); Erica Lindbeck (English) & Violin performance by: Yūna Shinohara
- Played by: Suzu Hirose (live-action film); Arisa Matsunaga (stage play)
- Kaori is Tsubaki's classmate; she is a free-spirited violinist who has drawn much criticism from judging panels due to her unwillingness to adhere strictly to the score, but is highly favored by audiences that hear her playing. Kaori first met Kōsei when she asked Tsubaki to set her up with Watari. As their friendship grew, she eventually convinced Kōsei to play the piano again, first as her accompanist and later in a piano competition. It is revealed at the end of the anime, in a letter addressed to Kōsei after her death, that she had asked to be set up with Watari in order to meet Kōsei, knowing that Watari and Tsubaki were good friends of his and that she had been in love with him since she was five, and merely though Watari as a friend.
- Tsubaki Sawabe (澤部 椿 Sawabe Tsubaki)
- Voiced by: Ayane Sakura (Japanese); Erica Mendez (English)
- Played by: Anna Ishii (live-action film); Misato Kawauchi (stage play)
- Kōsei's childhood friend and next-door neighbor, who treats him like a little brother. She is athletic and is part of the softball club at school. Often dismayed at Kōsei's inability to move on from his mother's death, she attempts to get him to play the piano again in order to make a clear decision about his future. She first denies her feelings for him but after undergoing several stages of denial, she falls in love with him, which she confesses to him later on.
- Ryōta Watari (渡 亮太 Watari Ryōta)
- Voiced by: Ryōta Ōsaka (Japanese); Kyle McCarley (English)
- Played by: Taishi Nakagawa (live-action film); Masanari Wada (stage play)
- Ryōta is Kōsei's and Tsubaki's childhood friend, and is the captain of the school's soccer team. He is extremely popular with girls, and usually adopts a frivolous attitude. However, he does come up with good insights every so often. Kaori was his love interest and when they are together, they are shown to be acting lovey-dovey, which makes Kōsei jealous. Kōsei later tells him about his feelings for Kaori, and he soon accepts this and gives him advice. Despite his constant remarks about how cute other girls are, he truly cared for Kaori, and is shown to keep a picture of her on his cell phone after her death.
- Takeshi Aiza (相座 武士 Aiza Takeshi)
- Voiced by: Yūki Kaji (Japanese); Erik Scott Kimerer (English)
- Played by: Shōjirō Yokoi (stage play)
- Takeshi is a pianist of the same age as Kōsei. His aim was always to catch up and surpass Kōsei on the piano since watching him play at a young age. His resolve is so strong to the point that Takeshi would even abandon an invitation for a piano competition in Europe in order to compete with Kōsei. To Takeshi, Kōsei was like his 'hero'.
- Emi Igawa (井川 絵見 Igawa Emi)
- Voiced by: Saori Hayami (Japanese); Erika Harlacher (English)
- Played by: Haruka Yamashita (stage play)
- Emi is a pianist of the same age as Kōsei, who decided to become a pianist after listening to Kōsei play at the age of 5. She aims to reach Kōsei through her emotional playing style. It is hinted that she has feelings for Kōsei.
- Nagi Aiza (相座 凪 Aiza Nagi)
- Voiced by: Ai Kayano (Japanese); Stephanie Sheh (English)
- Nagi is Takeshi's little sister who pretended to ask for tutelage from Hiroko in order to scout her brother's rival, Kōsei. She ended up becoming Kōsei's student. She often says "Cliche" (陳腐 Chinpu) to things that Kōsei tells her. After months of tutelage, she develops a crush on her teacher.
- Saki Arima (有馬 早希 Arima Saki)
- Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (Japanese); Wendee Lee (English)
- Played by: Rei Dan (live-action film); Ryōko Tanaka (stage play)
- Saki is Kōsei's strict mother who demands that Kōsei practice the score to absolute perfection, and often beats him for small mistakes. While she does not plan to make Kōsei a pianist at first, her realization of Kōsei's talents and the discovery of her terminal illness makes her decide to give Kōsei a strict foundation in piano in order to be able to find his own style and a living as a pianist after she dies. She dies before Kōsei's qualification to what supposedly is his first competition in Europe. She appears in front of Kōsei many times throughout the show.
- Hiroko Seto (瀬戸 紘子 Seto Hiroko)
- Voiced by: Mie Sonozaki (Japanese); Carrie Keranen (English)
- Played by: Yuka Itaya (live-action film); Kuniko Kodama (stage play)
- Hiroko is a nationally renowned pianist and Saki's close friend from college. She is the one who discovers Kōsei's talents in piano and suggests Saki make him into a pianist despite Saki's initial disagreement. Blaming herself for Saki's brutal treatment to Kōsei and his psychological trauma from Saki's death, she distances herself from Kōsei following Saki's death. When Kōsei returns to play the piano, she becomes his guardian and mentor.
- Koharu Seto (瀬戸 小春 Seto Koharu)
- Voiced by: Inori Minase (Japanese); Cristina Vee (English)
- A very small child who smiles very often and is the daughter of Hiroko. She enjoys Kōsei's piano playing and always wants him to play more and is very attached to him. She usually clings by her mother's side and is adored by both Kōsei and her mother.
- Saitō (斎藤 Saitō)
- Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu (Japanese); Robbie Daymond (English)
- Saitō is Tsubaki's baseball-playing senior and her target of admiration. He confessed to Tsubaki and dated her, but suggested they break up after realizing Tsubaki's actual feelings for Kōsei, covering it up through saying that he found someone else he loves.
- Nao Kashiwagi (柏木 奈緒 Kashiwagi Nao)
- Voiced by: Shizuka Ishigami (Japanese); Julie Ann Taylor (English)
- Played by: Haruka Igarashi (stage play)
- Kashiwagi is a good friend of Tsubaki's who often gives her advice. Kashiwagi succeeded in breaking Tsubaki's stubbornness to realize and admit her feelings for Kōsei. Near the end it is established that most of the advice she gives Tsubaki comes from her being a fan of BL (Boys' love) manga, not from personal dating experience.
- Takahiko Arima (有馬 隆彦 Arima Takahiko)
- Voiced by: Kenji Hamada
- Takahiko is Kousei's father, who is mostly unseen due to frequently being on business trips.
The Your Lie in April manga series is written and illustrated by Naoshi Arakawa, and began serialization on April 6, 2011, in Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Magazine. The first tankōbon was published by Kodansha on September 16, 2011, and the final volume was released in two editions, a regular edition and a limited edition, with the limited edition bundled with an OVA, and was released on May 15, 2015. The series is licensed in English in North America by Kodansha Comics, and the first volume was published on April 21, 2015.
A spin-off manga titled Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso: Coda was bundled with the release of the Blu-ray release of the anime series. It was later published in tankōbon format on August 17, 2016.
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN||English release date||English ISBN|
|1||September 16, 2011||ISBN 978-4-06-371301-5||April 21, 2015||ISBN 978-1-63-236171-4|
|2||January 17, 2012||ISBN 978-4-06-371317-6||June 23, 2015||ISBN 978-1-63-236172-1|
|3||May 17, 2012||ISBN 978-4-06-371327-5||August 25, 2015||ISBN 978-1-63-236173-8|
|4||September 14, 2012||ISBN 978-4-06-371345-9||October 27, 2015||ISBN 978-1-63-236174-5|
|5||January 17, 2013||ISBN 978-4-06-371359-6||December 29, 2015||ISBN 978-1-63-236175-2|
|6||May 17, 2013||ISBN 978-4-06-371375-6||March 29, 2016||ISBN 978-1-63-236176-9|
|7||September 17, 2013||ISBN 978-4-06-371387-9||April 26, 2016||ISBN 978-1-63-236177-6|
|8||January 17, 2014||ISBN 978-4-06-371405-0||July 5, 2016||ISBN 978-1-63-236178-3|
|9||May 16, 2014||ISBN 978-4-06-371418-0||August 30, 2016||ISBN 978-1-63-236179-0|
|10||October 17, 2014||ISBN 978-4-06-371435-7||November 1, 2016||ISBN 978-1-63-236180-6|
|11||May 15, 2015||ISBN 978-4-06-371467-8 |
ISBN 978-4-06-358752-4 (limited edition)
|December 27, 2016||ISBN 978-1-63-236312-1|
A-1 Pictures has aired the anime production of Your Lie in April. It premiered on October 10, 2014, in Japan and ended on March 20, 2015. The first opening theme song is "Hikaru Nara" (光るなら lit. If You Will Shine) by Goose house and the first ending theme song is "Kirameki" (キラメキ lit. Sparkle) by wacci. The second opening song is "Nanairo Symphony" (七色シンフォニー Nanairo Shinfonī, lit. "Seven Colored Symphony") by Coalamode and the second ending theme is "Orange" (オレンジ Orenji) by 7!! (Seven Oops). The original soundtracks are composed by Masaru Yokoyama.
In North America, Aniplex of America licensed the series within the region, who simulcasted the series on Crunchyroll, Aniplex Channel, Hulu and Viewster. In Australia and New Zealand, the series is licensed by Madman Entertainment, who streamed the series on AnimeLab. The series is licensed in the United Kingdom and Ireland by Anime Limited. The series was later made available on Netflix with the English dub, as well as English subtitles.
On August 24, 2015, the domain 'kimiuso-movie.jp' was registered under Toho, a Japanese film production and distribution company, which made fans believe that a movie adaptation was in the works. Speculations were confirmed in September 2015 when the main cast was announced for the live-action adaptation of the series: Kento Yamazaki as Kōsei Arima, Suzu Hirose as Kaori Miyazono, E-girls' Anna Ishii as Tsubaki Sawabe, and Taishi Nakagawa as Ryōta Watari. While the original story depicts the characters in their junior high year, it is announced that they will be in their second-year of high school in the film. The adaptation, slated to be released in Japan in September 2016, will be written by Strawberry Night's live-action scriptwriter Yukari Tatsui, and directed by Paradise Kiss's live-action director Takehiko Shinjō.
In the May issue of Monthly Shōnen Magazine, it was announced that a stage play adaptation of the manga was green-lit, and set to run on August the same year. The stage play was announced to be held at the AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo from August 24, 2017, to September 3, 2017, and at the Umeda Arts Theater in Osaka from September 7, 2017, to September 10, 2017. The stage play is directed by Naohiro Ise, and written by Kaori Miura. It was also revealed that the play would have live musical performances, with Yuta Matsumura performing the piano, and Shuko Kobayashi performing the violin. The main cast was announced, and stars: Shintarō Anzai as Kōsei Arima, Arisa Matsunaga as Kaori Miyazono, Misato Kawauchi as Tsubaki Sawabe, Masanari Wada as Ryōta Watari, Haruka Yamashita as Emi Igawa, and Shōjirō Yokoi as Takeshi Aiza. Additional cast was later announced, with: Takako Nakamura as Yuriko Ochiai, Shun Mikami as Akira Takayanagi, Haruka Igarashi as Nao Kashiwagi, Kuniko Kodama as Hiroko Seto, and Ryōko Tanaka as Saki Arima.
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