We haven’t had much going on in Japan with the Your Lie in April series since it wrapped up its home video run back in 2015. While there’ve been multiple releases in various territories outside of Japan since then, it’s only now that Aniplex Japan has scheduled an actual box set release for the complete series. The set is scheduled for an April 1st, 2020 debut – naturally – where it’ll be priced at 30,800 yen. The set will have the full twenty-two episode run plus the OAD. There aren’t any other details yet beyond that it’ll be reauthored down to five discs instead of the nine that it originally ran which averaged around 7,000 yen each at the time.
Animated by A-1 Pictures and airing for 22 episodes, they adapted the original work began in 2011 in Monthly Shonen Magazine by Naoshi Arakawa and finished in February 2015 with eleven volumes. It was well thought of at the 37 Kodansha Manga Awards as well where it won the Best Shonen Manga award. The anime adaptation is being directed by Kyohei Ishiguro based on scripts by Takao Yoshioka while Yukiko Aikei is serving as both character designer and chief animation director.
The Japanese cast includes Natsuki Hanae as Kōsei Arima, Risa Taneda as Kaori Miyazono, Ayane Sakura as Tsubaki Sawabe, Ryota Ohsaka as Ryōta Watari, Yuuki Kaji as Takeshi Aiza and Saori Hayami as Emi Igawa.
Directed by Patrick Seitz, the English cast includes Max Mittleman as Kousei Arima, Erica Lindbeck as Kaori Miyazono, Erica Mendez as Tsubaki Sawabe, Kyle McCarley as Ryota Watari, Erika Harlacher as Emi Igawa, Erik Kimerer as Takeshi Aiza, Stephanie Sheh as Nagi Aiza, Julie Ann Taylor as Nao Kashiwagi, Robbie Daymond as Saito, Carrie Keranen as Hiroko Seto, Cristina Vee as Koharu Seto and Wendee Lee as Saki Arima.
Plot concept: Based on the award winning original manga Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso by Naoshi Arakawa, Your lie in April focuses on a piano prodigy who is unable to hear his music after suffering from the trauma of losing his beloved mother and piano instructor. With both of those things stripped from him, Kousei Arima’s life becomes lackluster and monotonous.
One day, Kousei is introduced to a violinist named Kaori Miyazono. Though he has a terrible first impression of her, Kaori’s music completely enthralls him. Free, powerful and passionate – Kaori’s bold performance breathes life back into Kousei. Brought together by music, can the heartfelt sounds of this girl’s violin lead him to play the piano again?