Review: Your Lie In April, Episode 15: Liar

Review:

Much like a piece of music, Your Lie In April manages to soar between a variety of emotions. Roughly half of this episode is devoted to further exploring Tsubaki’s feelings, giving her the spotlight as her feelings about Kousei (and his decision to leave town and possibly the country) are exposed. This portion of the episode plays out with a sombre and mournful tone, as Tsubaki reflects on herself, her selfishness, and her denial, ultimately losing what little bit she had in terms of romance along the way. In some ways she does seem to make her peace with Kousei, though, so it’s not all bad. Where their relationship will go from here is questionable, but Tsubaki seems to have some kind of peace about her before her segment of the episode concludes.

From here, the focus shifts back to Kousei again. Whether we consider this a shift in the tone of the music or a completely new piece can be debated, but whatever the case we pick up with Kousei and his feelings for Kaori again. He is shown to be in conflict about whether or not to visit Kaori in the hospital, and while this is initially presented in a humorous light (such as his excuse of seeing a black cat and a crow being a bad omen), there also seems to be something more serious about it, as well. Maybe it’s just that he doesn’t like hospitals because of what happened with his mother. Whatever the case, Your Lie In April continues its saga of confused adolescents dealing with problems that are beyond their years, and this episode does not end its segment on a very positive note.

A Christian Perspective:

Acts 1: 9-11 – After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

In this episode, Tsubaki admits to herself that she failed to acknowledge her feelings for Kousei because she wanted things to stay the same forever. Rather than face the truth, she continued to deny it to herself, and ultimately stood still while the world moved around her. This reminded me of the scene described in Acts 1, where Jesus was taken up into heaven, while the disciples continued to stare into the sky after Him. Rather than go on about their business (or their Master’s business, rather), they stood staring. Perhaps they expected Him to come back down. Perhaps they were thinking, “What now?”. Whatever the case, it took an external force (the two men) to get them moving again. The same is the case with Tsubaki. She never acknowledged the truth until external circumstances forced her hand, and she could no longer deny the truth. The difference here is that everything ultimately worked out in the disciples’ favor, while Tsubaki’s fate is very questionable.

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “cr*p”, 1 “fre*kin”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: None

Violence: Tsubaki seems to stomp on Kousei’s foot; a character kicks over a trash/recycling can; Kousei is hit in the head with a water balloon and a rock

Blood/Gore: A still shot shows Kousei’s hand with blood on it

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