**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
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