「雪 & 春風」 (Yuki & Harukaze)
“Snow & Spring Breeze”
Seeing how episode 21 and 22 could be lumped together as one SUPER episode, it makes sense that the post would come out that way, right? In all seriousness though, Takaii here, back to cover the final two episodes for Shigatsu due to some unforeseen technical issues. With that out of the way, let’s jump straight into the final impressions as soon as I get a chance to wipe all the tears off my face and keyboard.
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso has been one hell of a ride for those of you who managed to hold on. What started as a simple slice-of-life that revolved around Kousei and his piano playing antics quickly turned into an anime that dove straight into the depths of what it means to come to term with death as well as the immense ripples that come from losing someone extremely important to you. Along the way we also got to see what it means to really be true rivals who are in it to better themselves and even got to see some of the sticky situations that can come about when your emotions just become too much to handle. But before we dive into this final impression, I just wanted to give a huge thanks to everyone who’s been coming back to read these posts every week! There haven’t been a huge number of you but I (and Zanibas) appreciate the time you spend here reading and leaving comments.
If you asked me how I would describe this show (or what my favorite part about it is), I would instantly say it’s the best kind of emotional rollercoaster you could go on. With twists and turns that don’t push the envelope of reality too hard, the show preps you during the first twelve or so episodes by getting you attached to all the characters and their respective struggles. Then without any warning the story starts to hit you in the feels over and over without giving a damn about who’s in the room with you.
Using Kousei’s mom Saki as a prime example, I nearly died inside when we hit episode thirteen and the story revealed just how much of a doting mother she was. After being introduced to us as a slave driver pianist who pushed her son to the point that he nearly had a mental breakdown, I was very vocal to friends about how much Saki fit into that typical tiger mom but worse type of mentality. But as the story progressed and we learned that she was fighting an illness that she knew was going to take her life, things rapidly started changing as the truth slowly appeared. Her cold demeanor wasn’t a lack of love but her disgust with her inability to give her one and only child all the love in the world, her forceful ways not out of spite but depression from knowing she’d be unable to fulfill her role as Kousei’s mom, but most importantly the dark figure we saw in Kousei’s mind was just something from his imagination and the true person was a loving mother who would do anything for her child.
All of which came together in a one powerful episode and had me bawling like a little baby as I realized just how sad the whole situation was.
Powerful Side Characters
While this is a show that’s mostly focused around Kousei and Kaori, there’s no denying that all the people surrounding them were important in their own right. As time passes and people start to forget about everyone besides Watari, Tsubaki and Hiroko I thought it would be nice to highlight some of things that the minor characters did that really pulled the story together. From Hiroko’s daughter Koharu and Nagi who provided some relief when the story was getting too emotional to Kaori’s Mom and Dad that managed to express volumes with only a couple of lines, all the way to Emi and Takeshi being a source of conflict when the story was in an awkward period as the focus started to transition to Kaori’s illness, they all played a role in making this show as great as it was.
I know what the true OTP should be, but I’ll be the first to let you know that I was cheering for the osasanajimi the entire time. Had we known a little earlier that the title of this anime was based off of the single lie Kaori told and what that single lie meant, I might have been Team Kaori. But as things stand, TEAM TSUBAKI!
After watching the final episode and getting answers to all my burning questions, I’m almost at a loss for words. I wanted to write something about Kaori up in the emotional rollercoaster section but I don’t think I could earnestly write my feelings about her without addressing some of the problems I had with her character. Honestly, I was never a gigantic fan because of how she behaved but was always appreciative of how she managed to get Kousei on his feet and had him moving forward with his head up. But when you realize that part of it was the fact she really didn’t have much time left, can you really blame her? Anyways, thinking about all of it gets the residual tears rolling so I’ll leave it at that for now.
All in all I was extremely satisfied with this show. With its spectacular execution with nearly everything and only a couple spots that felt a little too drawn out (typically in-between the heavy hitting emotional sections), I would have no reservations recommending this show to anyone. That said, it is a show focused on the lives of teenagers so those with low tolerance for a little bit of nonsense and whining may have difficulty making it through the first few episodes. But even if that describes you, I would probably pester you and say it’s all worth it in the end.
So before this post gets any longer, let me end with another thank you to everyone who’s been keeping up with the posts for this show. I know this finale post is coming out a little late but better late than never, right? Anyways, I’ll catch you guys around the bend when spring rolls around once again!