**spoiler alert** A beautiful heart breaking romantic tragedy, of music, first love and that day in April that started it all. I've read the manga, wa**spoiler alert** A beautiful heart breaking romantic tragedy, of music, first love and that day in April that started it all. I've read the manga, watched the anime and listened to the soundtrack and I just cant get enough. The beautiful lulls of the violin mixed with the chords of the piano helped to write this review.
Kousei was a child prodigy at the piano, always perfecting every piece of music, every contest he entered he won first place, he believed that if he continued to remain perfect it would help his mother get better. Kousei's mother health was very poor and before she passed away she wanted her son to have a great future so she trained his on the piano, living through her son. She hit him and yelled at him constantly to remain perfect, nothing good enough but first. After her death Kousei stops the piano altoether unable to get over the death of his mother, he cracks under the pressure to remain perfect and spirals into depression causing a psychological disability - he is unable to hear the notes he plays.
Two years later in April Kousei meets a beautiful, musically girl who draws him in, her name is Kaori. Kaori helps Kousei to return to the piano. She shows him there are other ways to play music, it can be free spirited, wonderful, colourful and bright like a light. Learning from Kaori, Kousei starts to play the piano more with feeling and less robotic. Kousei starts to fall in love with Kaori but she is in love with his best friend (so he thinks). Around August Kaori is admitted to the hospital her health is very fragile but her friends dont know how serious it is. As Kaori's health becomes worst and worst Kousei stops playing the piano because he is afraid to lose someone he care about again. Kousei is prodded by his friends and mentor to contiune, if Kaori can't be determined to get better he can be determined to enter and play in the Eastern Japanese Piano Contest. Kousei's last request to a bed ridden Kaori is to be able to play with her one more time. Her health has now made her unable to walk or even hold her violin bow. Making up her mind Kaori wants to try a surgery to help her be able to play with Kousei once more, but the surgery has a 50/50 chance of being successful. During Kousei's piano set on stage about quarter of the way through he see her appear out of the corner of his eye, and he knows that her surgery was unsuccessful, he continues to play and weep for his first love which was in love with his best friend. At her furneral Kaori's parents give him a letter, which says that day in April she made one lie that started it all, she said she was in love with his best friend, but really he loved him and wanted to get closer to him, even thought her time was limited, she wanted to see him up on stage and hear him play with feeling. As another Spring starts Kousei thinks about the girl he met under the spring blossoms in April ...more
The trials and tribulations of a first crush and first love. A love triangle of friends with intertwining history makes it a tad complex, cute and rooThe trials and tribulations of a first crush and first love. A love triangle of friends with intertwining history makes it a tad complex, cute and rooting for your fav couple to come together. I love the full page drawings of the characters it adds more to the manga and the story. ...more
A raw, emotional piece of writing. Touches on a vast amount of pain and sorrow. Honestly it's dark and gritty but beautiful at the same time. CharlottA raw, emotional piece of writing. Touches on a vast amount of pain and sorrow. Honestly it's dark and gritty but beautiful at the same time. Charlotte is a lost soul trying to find her place in the world. At the tender age of 17 she's already been homeless, starved, battered and trafficked. Through all of this she finds solace and peace in art. Learning to survive and be positive, life is what you make it. ...more
Typical slice of life, romantic manga. Shy girl likes the most popular guy, they accidentally have an encounter once, then they continue to 'bump' intTypical slice of life, romantic manga. Shy girl likes the most popular guy, they accidentally have an encounter once, then they continue to 'bump' into each other aka. she hunts for him. Then shy girls childhood friend starts falling for her and admits to liking her but she is already in love cool guy. Like I said typical UNTIL ..... we find out that her childhood friends sister is dating cool guy a.k.a they guy that she loves. Honestly I was not expecting that, and i love when a manga can through me off a bit. The drawing and illustrating is beautiful and clean. I will continue becauase I want to know how to story ends, even though I think I know how it does. The fairy tale aspect and the romance keep me reading. ...more
Ugh reading this past midnight trying to figure out my relationship really sucks... wishing it ended better then it does priceless. Not going to lie,Ugh reading this past midnight trying to figure out my relationship really sucks... wishing it ended better then it does priceless. Not going to lie, because of my current feelings this book tended to be a tad bit more emotional for me than normal and I am not an emotional person even the notebook did not FAZE ME! But now on to the review!
Using the last night before they separate for college seems like a hard deadline to follow, whats more is cramming two years of memories into one night is difficult in its self. Clare and Aiden figure out what the right tactic is for them and their relationship. Thinking there are only two options: stay together or split up, literally at 6am in the morning 5 minutes before they have to part they find a third option "later". Its about moving on from high school to college and being opened and ready for change as it happens to everyone. Everyone handles change differently, wither its good or bad. Leaving things that were once so familiar to explore unknown territory. Overall a fast, and easy YA read. ...more
**spoiler alert** The more they fight to change the future the more different the future will look. Is it worth sacrificing all the happiness they wil**spoiler alert** The more they fight to change the future the more different the future will look. Is it worth sacrificing all the happiness they will receive in the future? In volume 5 it's a more in depth look at naho and suwa's future, as 10 years from now they are married with a child all because he confused his love to her. Now in the present day he doesn't want to interfere with naho and kakeru relationship in fear of losing a friend.
What a psychological roller coaster! I loved it, the parallel worlds is a cool thought, even though we never figure out how the letter reached the past its good to keep a little bit of mystery and wonder its not fun knowing everything. In the future there is still no Kakeru as they can no longer change the past but the past them in high school was able to change the future and save their friend. I think the sweetest part was they their future selves truly believed that they would save him that they wrote letters to him stating how sorry they were they couldn't protect him before. Overall a great manga, and i cant wait to finish watching the anime. ...more
**spoiler alert** Just learnt that all 5 friends have gotten letters from the future and they are now working together to keep kakeru safe, alive and**spoiler alert** Just learnt that all 5 friends have gotten letters from the future and they are now working together to keep kakeru safe, alive and happy. I try to think back to when I was 17 and if I was so hesitant around a guy I like, cause it honestly frustrating how much miscommunication goes on between naho and kakeru. My fave is suwa even though he is given up is love and happiness to see his two friends together it heart breaking how easy going and effortless he does it. ...more