Your Lie in April

your lie in aprilEnglish:  Your Lie in April
Japanese: 
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
Genres:
  Drama, Music, Romance, School
Episodes:  22
Aired:  October, 2014 to March, 2015
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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 hasn’t 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.”

 


KATELYNN’S REVIEW

Rating:  5 / 5
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
Started:  January 30th, 2016
Finished:  January 31th, 2016
Wine Pairing:  Tissues and white wine.

Godamn this show.  I love it but I hate it.  I bawled my eyes out and went through a bottle and a half of wine, yet I want to watch this over and over again like a masochist.

Your Lie in April is a sweet, light, cute anime that lifts your heart up, breaks it in two, and serves it to you in a canelé.

Despite not reading the description or knowing what this show is about, I fell in and out of love and back in more times than I can count in two days.  I am emotionally and spiritually broken, yet repaired.  This show is honestly everything I didn’t want but needed.

If you need something to cry over, to fix your spirits, and to help remind you how you should see the world, you need to watch Your Lie in April.

Over and over again, probably.

Wolf Children

wolf childrenEnglish:  Wolf Children
Japanese:  
Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki
Genres:
  Drama, Fantasy
Aired:  June, 2012
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“Experience the latest masterpiece from the internationally-acclaimed, award-winning director of Summer Wars.

“Hana was a student before she was a mother. She was bright and pretty, and her future held endless possibilities. Then she met a man, who turned out to be a wolf, and together they built a family.Hana loved her mate fiercely, but fate took him from her, leaving her alone with two unusual kids she didn’t know how to raise. Frightened of being discovered, Hana and her wolf children fled to the countryside to build a new life. Raising her little wild things was an adventure. It left Hana bruised, scratched, exhausted, and joyously overwhelmed as her pups grew stronger and wandered further every day. This is a mother’s journey. Teach your children to chase their dreams – and smile through the tears as they disappear into the world in search of who they will become. Hana wasn’t always a mother, but it was always what she was meant to be.”


Katelynn’s Review

Rating:  5 / 5
Language: Japanese with English Subbed
Wine Pairing:  Tissues because alcohol does not help the situation.

I bawl every time I watch this movie no matter how hard I try.  And yet, I love it.  So much so that I’ve seen it four times (most likely more by the time you read this).

I love the animation style, the characters, the character development, and the dialogue.  There is so much character development that by the time you reach the end of the hour-and-a-half movie, you feel as though you raised Yuki and Ame yourself.  By the end, you start to get the gist of why your parents are so tight to hold on, or so quick to let go.

But still – the feels are strong with this one.

Note:  My brother and I started Wolf Children dubbed in English and got through approximately 10 seconds before deciding there way no way we could watch that with our mother (whom despises subtitles).  She suffered through the subtitles and enjoyed it (we think).