It’s fairly safe to say that any teasing about Kaori’s condition is off the table now. While we still don’t know the exact nature of it (or what it’s called), the nature of the disease seems to have been made clear. One thing that the creator of Your Lie In April should be credited for, though, is the fact that these revelations don’t toss the show into a single emotional direction. We certainly see the effect of Kaori’s illness on Kousei—especially when he begins connecting it to what his own mother suffered from—but Kousei is not consumed by this one particular event, and neither are the other characters around him. Even Kaori herself exhibits her usual, carefree attitude when she manages to get out of the hospital for a day.
Another noteworthy aspect of this episode is the continued character development of Nagi, who receives some solo screen time. There is also a nice bit of screen time with Kousei and Nagi together, and while Kousei still seems oblivious to the attempts on his well-being, we, the viewers, are (sort-of) given an explanation as to why Nagi is trying to do what she is. It is in this segment that we once again see the deeper effect that Kaori has had on Kousei’s life. This ties into the point made in the previous paragraph: although Kousei’s general attitude is not one of gloom-and-doom, despite everything that is happening with Kaori, the show doesn’t abandon the impact that Kaori has had on Kousei, either. Everything seems to tie together in the grander scheme without sacrificing the events of the current scene.
All-in-all, Your Lie In April continues to please with its slower-paced drama interspersed with bits of slapstick comedy. The drama continues to be done right, never seeming to delve into the area of melodrama. It continues to be a highly-recommended show for anyone who likes character-driven plots.
A Christian Perspective:
Matthew 5:44 – But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…
While Kousei may still be ignorant of Nagi’s intentions toward him, we (the viewers) and Seto certainly are not; thus, whether or not the scenes with Kousei and Nagi would have happened had Kousei been in the loop, no one can say. Nevertheless, we can still draw a lesson from this; namely, how we should treat those who are our enemies. In the above verse, we see Jesus instructing us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. Now, granted, you may not sit down to a hot sweet potato with your enemy if that enemy is ISIS or some other militant extremist group, but the attitude that Kousei shows towards Nagi is a good one for us to imitate. While it’s easy for Kousei to do (being ignorant of the situation as he is), it doesn’t change the fact that he is still sitting with someone who has made herself his enemy and wishes to do him harm. May we be intentional in showing the same kind of love (at least in spirit, if not necessarily in action) toward our enemies.
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Violence: Kousei is shown being (figuratively) cut in half; Nagi fantasizes about slamming the piano key cover on his fingers and then poking his eyes; Kaori hits Kousei with a book after throwing multiple things at him; Tsubaki picks Kousei up by the lapels; Kaori hits Kousei with a slipper
Blood/Gore: Kaori is shown with blood on her face and hand, and said blood is also dripping onto her sheet music; Kousei is shown laying face down in a pool of blood