Has it already been 2 whole years since this show started airing (and, by extension, a year and a half since it finished airing)? Wow, time really does fly, I guess. It feels like it can’t have been half a year since the finale aired. Or maybe that’s just a testament to how much of an impact the finale had, because it really did. It’s probably not a spoiler to say that the vast majority of it consisted of a beautifully animated and beautiful-sounding concert.
First things first, though. The first 21 episodes of the show, that is. As I mentioned above, I thought the finale was fantastic, but I also really liked the first few episodes, especially episode 4. Kaori’s and Kousei’s chemistry was just too good, and I thought the practice of using performances as climax points (which, granted, is by no means a novelty) worked excellently. However, the middle bits of the series, especially the second half, was in many ways disappointing. For one, I didn’t like the characters’ habit of nearly endlessly repeating the same internal monologues, time after time, again and again, over and over. I understand that it’s purpose was to really hammer in that those were the thought patterns of the characters, but I think 2 or 3 times would have been enough for that. In addition, like so many other 2-cour shows, I just felt like not much happened during the early second half.
That said, I must mention that even during that time, some really interesting things did happen (they just didn’t fill enough time in my opinion), such as Watari’s character development, which was very welcome after the show had basically already established that Kousei and Kaori were the “main” main characters. I also really have to stress that I loved the performances, and a few of the pieces (in particular, Chopin’s Études No. 5 and 11 from Op. 25) almost single-handedly ignited my interest in piano music, and classical in general. So thanks for that, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso. You left an impression on me.