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Un-aired episode bundled with the 11th volume of the Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso manga.
This episode helps to shed a little more light on Emi and Takishi as kids. It's important to watch if you are a die hard fan so you can get the full story because they talk about some things in here that aren't very well explaied in the series. If you loved the music in the main series you will love this too.
Set years before the events of the first episode, the Your lie in April OVA episode "Moments" is an origin/prequal story that functions as a wonderful supplement to the main series. The OVA mainly focuses on Takeshi as he tries to improve his piano playing in order to best Kousei, only to fall short in every tournament they enter. Motivated by Kousei's authentic and near-flawless playing, Takeshi puts more dedication to his playing (initially he used piano as a way to gain free toys and other goodies), but constanly feels frustrated as his playing is not on par with the genius of Kousei. Emi also gets motivated by Kousei's playing after watching his recital (and crying during said recital) and announcing to her parents that she will also become a pianist. Emi's scenes in the OVA were mainly used for comedy relief, but still laid the foundation for the events in the early part of the main series. We also get to see the wonderful Kaori in a few scenes (and also discover the origin of the photo shown at the end of the series). Like the main series, the music in the OVA is breathtaking beautiful. If you enjoyed the music in the main sereis, you will certainly enjoy the music in the OVA. As with the main series, the greatest strength of the OVA is of course the characters. Your lie in April has some of the most relatable and memorable characters in any anime series. The OVA has them in their elementary school days, but they still have the same impact and charisma as their high-school counterparts. Overall this is a great compliment to the main series, and die-hard fans will enjoy and embrace this OVA as much as the main series. For those new to Your lie in April, the OVA is a great way to introduce the basic plot of the main series, and the events that led to what transpired in the first episode. I would suggest watching the OVA first to get a basic idea of what the show is about, and then prepare yourself for the emotional roller coaster that is the main series.
Warning, do not watch until you finish complete the main anime, even if this says "prequel", because many things can only be fully understood after seeing the main anime. Mostly related to certain photo and Takeshi / Emi relation with Arima. So I repeat myself, the natural way to watch is main anime first, OVA at last. I agree with thoradora and Sabure scores and reviews. If you wish to read the main anime,https://www.anime-planet.com/users/RvLohengramm/reviews/77987 Characters This ova is focused with the main characters as kids. Tsubaki and Watari will have minor participation. Kaori Miyazono also has a minor participation, but her apearence is very important, because is related to certain photo of the main anime. So the main characters are gonna be Emi Igawa and Takeshi Aiza. Kousei Arima has a secondary /pasive role. Plot In this ova we will see the first public play of Arima, we notice that because, if you saw the anime mindfully, is the same moment, where there are 2 mayor events to spot one is before Arima starts playing and a second event after he just finish playing the piano. Then we will see the story of this characters in two mayor situations, while practicing or styuding piano, and with the flow of the contest results. Music Opening is J-pop with male and fimale singers, is the same 1st opening of the main anime. We will hear many classic music for piano like the main anime. There is a solo of violin in a moment. And there is a melodic song with a female singer with lyrics very good and again related to the character buildings in the anime Quote: You are not small and you are not weak In fact I think you have grown up a little Embrace that shinning light of yours I am not doing this for everyone else I am just doing this so that I can keep smiling Animation Is the same animation like the anime. Sadly the step back is the mature protagonist in the main anime have a more attractive design than when they are small kids. Critic This is not a stand alone OVA. In fact this chapter could have been placed almost before the end and have 23 chapters in the main anime. This OVA helps to build a bit more the past of Emi Igawa and Takeshi Aiza. But it doesn`t stand out, while in the main anime many isolated chapters have catartic and emotive effects, in this one doesn`t, and everything is nice. Rate of OVA 4/5 Rate of the 22 chapters Anime 5/5, and to me is the best anime I saw.
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