Your Lie in April Episode 4: Kira, Kira

Let’s go on a journey.

After this episode, I do believe I’m as out of breath as Kaori and Kousei are.

In episode four of Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso), our duo takes to the stage, and as expected, have troubles.  Kousei again loses the ability to hear music as he overthinks, especially about his mother.  But when Kaori decides to stop her performance and start again, Kousei is able to focus on her, and the two create a duel of sorts that brings the audience to it’s feet (before Kaori falls off of her’s).

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Throughout the episode, the theme of a “journey” is brought forth time and time again.  Kousei realizes that Kaori is bringing him somewhere.  Although he was a prodigy, Kousei had never known the music he played with intimacy, instead focusing on perfecting it technically as ordered by his mom.  Actually, that’s not quite true – a flashback shows that at one time, when Kousei was just beginning, he understood the beauty of music (as did his mother before her condition occurred or worsened), the magic of it – the kira kira in it.  But along the way, he lost that, and music became something to master rather than to enjoy and know.

Kaori is leading Kousei on this journey as one who understands the nature of music.  She has a relationship with it – something dynamic, as seen by how she approaches pieces.  And though she points to music as the journey, Kaori actually functions as music itself.  As Kousei comments, “This girl is the journey – [she’s] freedom itself.”

There’s a good analogy happening here, as Kousei resembles many people in our culture who have gone away from religion.  In a distant past, they remember stories of Jesus and God and Noah and Moses, but now, those are just that – stories.  The narratives of youth have settled into the realm of knowledge, no longer touching the heart.  And though once they may have believed as a child, they now dismiss their religion.  It has no power to them – it’s not active and living.

Even for those who still attend church, the same might be occurring.  They may see no fruit in their lives.  All the head knowledge is there, but as with Kousei and music, something is missing – the relationship.

When Kousei realizes that music is living, that it’s more than recitals and replication, he begins to hear it again.  Life is once again breathing into him.  He thinks to himself, “I can hear your sound.  You’re here.”

And what does it take for him to see and hear?  Very simply, this – he has to listen to Kaori when she says, “Look at me.”

For the Christian, it can be simplified to that as well.  For all our head knowledge, or for all the lies we’ve bought into about life and religion and God, He remains there to answer us, and more than that, He’s here to go with us on a journey.  He will lead and we will accompany.  But what we must do is look at Him.

Look up.  Look up at the cross.  Remember who we are.  Remember who He is.  Remember what He’s done.

Christ went through torture and pain, beyond the excruciating physical pain of the cross and into the impossible despair of being separate from God, out of love.  And God, as the Bible describes, will go to all lengths to be with us.  Just as Kaori shows when she stops in front of everyone, sacrificing her recital score, to help Kousei along, God, too, will go to all lengths for our us – He is the father in the story of the Prodigal Son who embarrassingly runs to the son that showed hatred toward him; He is the crazed woman who celebrates after finding just one missing coin (meaning one lost soul); and He is the King who dies for the same people who caused Him death.

And he beckons to us, “Let’s go on a journey.”

Just look at Him.  Follow along.  Start a relationship with Him.  You’ll find that kira kira in your life – and you, too, will twinkle.


6 thoughts on “Your Lie in April Episode 4: Kira, Kira

  1. I have to say this series I wasn’t expecting too much out of at first, but now each episode leaves me wanting more. This series is a beautiful story so far that is telling of a young mans passion being rekindled. I can’t believe that we already have 4 episodes of it here. I honestly don’t think that this series is going to be letting go of its seemingly breakneck pace anytime soon. I mean that in a good way. Even when the timing is slow, I always get swept away and find myself 20 minutes later asking myself if it’s possible for the episode to be over. I found it interesting that he is having trouble, because he wants to let go of the past, but he actually agrees with his mother as well, who hated it whenever he would do something other than exactly as the composer wrote the piece. Its an internal battle that, when won, will probably result in him being able to hear himself play again. He’s already started on this journey let’s see where she takes him.

    1. The relationship with his mother is complex – he loves her and hates what she did. He agrees with her, but somewhere deep inside, doesn’t. He wants to live life his own way, but wants to honor his mom. He’s full of guilt about her. It adds a really interesting and powerful element to the show, which, I agree, is moving quickly – too quickly for me, because I want more of it!

  2. “And he beckons to us, “Let’s go on a journey.”

    More and more, I think that the journey IS the thing. That we are the minor characters in a Story of incomparable beauty, written by an Author with a mind I cannot conceive of. That Kousei’s journey is one of relocating the Meaning that the pain of this world ensures we lose.

    The fact that it is such a Story, I think, goes a long way toward explaining the Problem of Evil in a direction people don’t normally look.

    1. I certainly wouldn’t argue with you that “the journey IS the thing.” From where I stand, the destination doesn’t make us what we are – it’s the journey that does.

  3. I think you might have missed another metaphor here as well (as have I) because when Arima thinks “I can hear your sound. You’re here.” the music he can hear is /hers/, not his. And he remembers that he isn’t alone this time.

    And isn’t that the case sometimes? When we can’t “hear” ourselves we can still, if we listen, hear God. Sometimes we have to stop hearing ourselves in order to realise that there is something else to listen to in the first place. If Arima hadn’t stopped being able to play, to hear his music, he would likely never have begun this journey that is changing him so much.

    And I, also, absolutely love this show. If only those darned Onion-cutting Ninjas wouldn’t keep creeping in while I’m watching it!

    1. Excellent point!

      Yep, this show is sooo good. There’s been a lot of criticism about it in the blogosphere, from what I’ve seen, perhaps in part because many viewers aren’t seen the significant and moving messages about grace, forgiveness, pride, etc. that are constantly on show in this series. I missed this message of which you speak, but I also guarantee I’ve missed a least five or ten others, as the anime is just so full of meaning.

      And oh yes, avoid those ninjas. They have a habit of showing up with series like these!

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