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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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 this region free Asian DVD edition is reasonably priced, 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.
It took 5 days to come in which isn’t bad, but I am a very anxious person so it felt a lot longer. When it came in it had plenty of packaging protection around it, it wasn’t the best packaging appearance wise, but it holds up so who cares.
The product itself seems very durable. The artwork on it is a lot better than what I expected. The artwork is very clear.
I put in the disc into my PS4 and it works fine and it has Japanese and English AUDIO, I heard people saying it only had japanese audio but it has both (in my case at least). The video quality isn’t the clearest and looks a little outdated, but it’s still visible and nothing to worry about in my opinion.
I got this product for a couple of reasons. First off the anime is one of my favorite and I was so emotionally invested I had to get it. Secondly for collection purposes. It’s waaay cheaper and so much more of a better deal than what aniplex is offering.
One last thing, to do with the case itself, the case doesn’t close. The case is designed like a foldable, so it doesn’t close all the way, but I put it on a shelf in between two other movie cases.
Overall I am pleased TREMENDOUSLY with the product.
The packaging is fantastic, a great little fold-out case holding both discs with a nice print-out behind the clear disc holders.
But the DVDs are really lacking for video quality. 22 episodes on 2 discs, so there's plenty of video compression going on here. For such a good looking show, it's somewhat a shame that the compression muddies the look. With bright pastels and a painterly style look, the visual artifacts are a glaring problem. It's not unwatchably bad, but certainly detracts for the experience.
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.