Review: Your Lie In April, Episode 21: Snow

Review:

After watching the girl he loves hit a critical state and failing to save the life of a stray cat, Kousei is in dire straits. He’s lost all will to even play the piano, despite the fact that his next performance is right around the corner. With that setup, it seems that this is destined to be a very depressing episode, so it’s surprising that it isn’t. To be honest, it almost feels a little too rushed. Kousei is certainly down and out, but he seems to snap out of it fairly quickly thanks to the inspiration he receives from another character. For the amount of depression he seems to be suffering, he gets over it surprisingly fast (within the first half of the episode). Then again, the scene that sets him back on the pianist’s path is no small or weak scene, either.
One area that Your Lie In April continues to do well in is the area of realism. While the show is a drama, it doesn’t necessarily play up the dramatic elements as you would expect. The big changes and revelations come amidst the mundane, everyday moments of life. Take the previous episode: Kousei’s life is going normally, right until he gets to Kaori’s hospital room. There is no dramatic music or series of dark, foreshadowed events to suggest that the episode will conclude in the dark fashion it does. Likewise, this episode, despite being the second-to-last, doesn’t necessarily feel like some huge climax in the story. The events that take place are huge in light of the overall plot thus far, but they are not over dramatized.
Despite this, the episode still manages to end with a sort of cliff-hanger, as one character’s situation has yet to be resolved. While Kousei may recover and deliver an awe-inspiring performance, we are still left guessing as to one character’s fate. Amidst all the joy, triumph, support, and even love that is felt between the characters in this episode, there remains an element of tension, which it seems will carry us up until the very end.

A Christian Perspective:

Hebrews 10:24 – And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,
This verse seems to sum up the relationship between Kaori and Kousei perfectly. Throughout the whole series, one has always spurred the other into not giving up on their craft—or on life, for that matter. Without Kaori, Kousei would never have gotten back to playing the piano, and Kaori would have given up on her life and her health if not for Kousei’s influence. In both cases, each character considered how they could best influence the other to do their best and not give up.
The Christian life is not an easy one, and we could stand to observe Kousei and Kaori’s relationship as an allegory of how we can spur each other on to not give up on our faith or on our journey with Christ.

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “da**it”, 1 “d**ned”
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: None
Violence: Kaori throws a stuffed animal at Kousei’s face
Blood/Gore: Kousei has a flashback to blood on his hands

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Rob M.

Christian, anime fan, and gamer are a few words you could use to describe me. I've been a Christian since 2012 (and thought I was one prior to that), although I'm far from having the Christian walk down pat. At one point I started thinking about how I could use various things for Christ, and eventually put my thoughts to action, resulting in Cosplay for Christ (my attempt at a cosplay ministry) and Christian Anime Review (my review blog). As you can imagine, I enjoy playing games, watching anime, and going to anime conventions. I also like to build Gundam models, fiddle with the guitar (occasionally), and listen to music (mostly Christian rock and metal).

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