Your Lie in April was a show that chronicled the progress of someone coping with childhood trauma through music. To me its greatest strengths were the hopeful overtones seen through the depression, and the incredible art direction and animation.
Youtube user 0kamiRvS has captured those facets in a way that is hard to explain. So rather than trying to, I’ll just show it to you.
This AMV does a few things spectacularly well, beyond simply capturing the anime’s strengths, though. The most notable of these are its effects. They feel so incredibly natural, because the creator used effects reminiscent of those used by the show itself: they simply extrapolated some of the show’s visual effects and used those as scene transitions, as emphasis, etc. That type of approach won’t always work, but when you have a show like Your Lie in April that used such beautiful and distinct effects it creates such a sense of cohesion.
Aside from that, the AMV did a great job of really harnessing the emotions within the show. Watching Kousei float in the water with the music playing, you can really feel that this isn’t a peaceful floating in water, it’s lonely and almost terrifying. And then you move on to the hopeful overtones as the music picks up the pace and the tone of the scenes used changes. It’s a great capturing of the emotions packed into each moment of the show. It all lines up so perfectly – the scene transitions, the effects, the music. It works, and it makes one of the best AMVs I’ve seen in a long time.
I wanted to apologize for the lack of content this past week. I’ve had some things on my mind that have taken precedence over writing. It might continue for a little while, but I’ll keep trying to get out content as I can. Thank you for sticking with me through this lull. It will pick up, promise.