This review is 100% SPOILER FREE.
QUICK SUMMARY : As a young boy, Arima Kosei dominated piano competitions. But after his mother passed away, he had a mental breakdown in the middle of a performance when he found out he wasn’t able to hear the sound of the piano. Two years later, Kosei still can’t find any joy in his life, until one day.
GENRE : Comedy, Drama, Psychological, Romance, School Life, Shounen
MY THOUGHTS ABOUT
THE PLOT : Even though the story isn’t anything new, the way it was written and directed make it feel like one. It is a story that revolves around music, how it connects people and how it affects them– in both good and bad ways. And with that premise, a beautiful story about teenagers started. Probably one of the most well executed story I’ve ever seen.
THE CHARACTERS : Although there were some characters that didn’t get a proper development to know and understand about, they didn’t feel empty and meaningless. They all had a purpose and most of them where helpful to our main characters. They didn’t feel cliched either. And the best part, at least to me, was that there was no fan-service.
ANIMATION : The palette of colours used, especially the blue ones, were gorgeous, while the performance moments were dynamic and realistic. Not to mention the opening and ending sequences, which are to date some of my favourites of all time.
SOUNDTRACK : Add these beautiful ost and amazing songs for the openings and endings and you’ll feel yourself in heaven. The OPs was upbeat and represented a good tonal contrast to the story, while the EDs complemented it, especially the second one, which can make you cry.
Overall, this anime has been one of the bests I’ve ever seen. With loveable and relatable characters having deep stories, a gorgeous animation and an amazing score, I’m pretty sure I can recommend this show to anyone who want to experience a good, heart-warming romance anime.
Storyline : 8.5/10
Characters : 8/10
Animation : 8/10
Soundtrack : 9.5/10
Execution : 7.5/10
Overall : 8.3/10