Kousei hasn’t played the piano in two years. A musical prodigy from a young age after being put through hell by his late mother, he finds himself unable to play following her death. His childhood friend, Tsubaki, tries to coax him back into the world of classical music, saying that his part-time job as a karaoke transcriber is a sign that he still loves music. He stubbornly refuses, declaring that he was turning his back on his piano-playing days. That is, of course, until Kaori Miyazono enters his life and changes everything.
So far, Kaori seems to be the character with the most potential. While the other characters are interesting in their own way, none grabbed attention as effectively as her. The stark contrast between her first appearance and her attitude towards Kousei leaves her unpredictable and intriguing. There are also plenty of comedic moments to lighten the mood after talking about his mother’s abuse and his complicated relationship with the piano. However, it’s only the first episode so there’s still the opportunity to really get serious. The artwork is great, and the colour palette is extremely easy to watch without too many saturated shades. Because Kousei is still determinedly resisting going back to music, there hasn’t been a lot of it in the series so far, but with both his flashbacks and Kaori’s own proficiency at playing instruments, there has been enough to show promise.
Hibike! Euphonium – Both are music-based anime series with beautiful artwork.
Boku Dake ga Inai Machi – These two anime explore the darker side of motherhood, covering the issue of child abuse.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica – Kousei’s relationship with music is highly reminiscient of Kyosuke’s arc, who is rendered unable to play the violin after a tragic accident.
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