YOUR LIE IN APRIL - COMPLETE TV SERIES DVD BOX SET ( 1-22 EPISODES )
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Licensed by Glorious Media Sdn. Bhd. Authentic product. SYNOPSIS: Piano prodigy Kousei Arima dominated the competition and all child musicians knew his name. But after his mother, who was also his instructor, passed away, he had a mental breakdown while performing at a recital that resulted in him no longer being able to hear the sound of his piano even though his hearing was perfectly fine. Even two years later, Kousei hasn’t touched the piano and views the world in monotone, and without any flair or color. He was content at living out his life with his good friends Tsubaki and Watari until, one day, a girl changed everything. Kaori Miyazono is a pretty, free spirited violinist whose playing style reflects her personality. Kaori helps Kousei return to the music world and show that it should be free and mold breaking unlike the structured and rigid style Kousei was used to.
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The visuals are well done, both animation and background art, and don't distract from the story. Although there is some aliasing on the introductions, I didn't notice anything similar in the main videos. This set comes on two DVD9, double layer, region free disks, so it should be playable on most DVD players. It comes in Japanese only, but has English, Chinese, and Malaysian subtitles. Also, it's shipped from Malaysia, so expect it to take several weeks to be delivered. Mine arrived in an envelope with bubble wrap, completely undamaged.
A bitter-sweet story. Highly recommended. Be sure to bring tissues.
The packaging of the anime is poster board and hard plastic. The graphics are nice and decorate the interior and exterior but you will need to be cautious jarring the package once it is open so the disks don't slide out of the end. My experience with hard plastic cases is not the best, once one tab breaks the DVD will never seat in the case properly, so I would recommend replacing case at some point.
The subtitles appear a little grainy around the edges but are clear enough not to be an issue. The translation quality is decent, I say decent because there are just some things that don't translate well from Japanese. There was a little lag on the subtitles but that could have been a codec on my PC.
The only real complaint I have about the disks is the lack of book marks per episode. You will end up doing a lot of fast forwarding after you watch the first episode.
The seller delivered very quickly and the packaging was adequate to prevent any product damage.
Overall, I am extremely happy to have this series in my collection, as so many people have pointed out this is a wonderful anime.
Bought the English DUB version DVD. It worked pretty well but had some surface damage which stopped things around Episode 11. A newer DVD player sailed right through it all. There was a brief lip-sync problem around Episode 12 or so.
As I type this, I have watched this show all the way through five times, and I'm sure I will again in the near future. I have also read through the manga version as well. I must say this 22 episode series captures the 11 volumes of manga very well. Often, when an anime is based off a manga, it is a pale comparison to the written work. Many important details are compressed, changed, or just plain left out. They often stop short of the true ending as well, which does not happen here at all. If anything, actually being able to hear the music, and see the inner monologue all come to life in full color and motion may make this one of the few adaptations that is superior to the original written work. However, I still recommend reading the manga, there are a few tiny details that make a few things clearer, plus there are the footnotes that help explain some of the cultural references. If I were to make one complaint about the anime, it would be leaving out Emi Igawa and Takashi Aiza's reaction to Kousei Arima's performance in the final episode.
Currently, this show is readily available via many streaming services, which is how I have seen it most often. Which is a good thing since the home video versions are so hard to come by. The blu-ray edition is insanely expensive, If I had the money at the moment, I would pay it though, I love this show that much. While there is a far more reasonably priced region free DVD edition, it was never officially made available in the United States. Most of the copies you see here on Amazon marketplace ship from somewhere in Asia. However, if you bide your time, you may manage to score one closer to home as I did. While a good edition, in some ways it may even be better than the streaming version, but not in every way. There is no alternative audio track with dubbed English, which may be an issue for some, but not for me. While the subtitles are obviously a different translation from the streaming version, it is not so different that you would find it bothersome. Since the translation originates overseas it's bound to be more literal and word for word, rather than Americanized. A perfect example is when Miike asks Nagi about Kousei in episode 18. On the Asian DVD, she replies "Don't you dare drop the honorifics for Arima-sensei!"That can be stated literally since this translation actually preserves many of the Japanese honorific suffixes, not all but most, which I personally approve of. Where in the American streaming version all the suffixes are dropped, so they must use the functionally equivalent phrase "How dare you say his name so lightly."
The subtitles are very legible, and not too small, which is a must for me. However, the timing of them could be a bit better in spots. Perhaps the worst detail, is that the on screen text, like signs or even the episode titles, are not always translated. I may not need to read all the banners at the music competitions. I may recognize that is the music room sign, and know who is listed on the winners lists from seeing the streaming version so many times. But for a first time watcher, it would not be the best option. Overall, I am glad to own this edition, and would never part with it. Even if I managed to score the blu-ray edition some day. I want everything tied to this wonderful story.
This has to be my 2nd favorite anime to Darker than Black. This anime does a good job of setting up the main character so you know him better and feel for him whenever anything bad or good happens. WITHOUT SPOILING: even though the ending can be seen from a mile away, I thought the anime did a great job of keeping me attached to the story and characters. And of course, the music is great since it's all classical.
I bought this because half of the show on blu-ray is $130! Fair warning: This anime is subbed, so if you prefer your anime dubbed then you can watch this on Netflix.