Hello anime fans! Today I will be looking at Kousei Arima from Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso. I will warn you now this will contain MAJOR SPOILERS and you should watch the Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso first. With that out of the way, let’s start the analysis.
Kousei is a retired pianist and a junior high school student. He stops playing the piano after his mother dies and he becomes tone deaf. After two years of not playing the piano he meets Miyazono who is a violinist about his age. Even though she seems to be in love with one of his friends, Watari, she still takes interest in getting him to play the piano again. After being pushed to play the piano with Miyazono, he starts to get back into music realizing how beautiful it can be. Through this he starts to fall for the violinist. After Miyazono collapses at the Gala, Kousei starts to regress into hating music and not being able to play. In the end he sticks with music even though Miyazono passes away. In the end he finds out that Miyazono went from a pianist to a violinist so she could play beside him and not against him.
Kousei is told at a young age by Hiroko, one of his mom’s students, that he should learn to play piano. His mother then starts to teach him how to play the piano. Sadly, his mother fell very ill and decided that she would make Kousei the best piano player before she died. This led to brutal methods of theaching him that went as far as beating him for mistakes. He became a social outcast because of this and was later called the “Human Metronome”, because of how closely he followed the score. After a compotation his mother beats him for not following the score. This causes him to wish that she would die, which she does several days later. Because of this painful memory he becomes tone deaf and stops playing the piano.
Kousei is a very closed off person. When he was a kid he was very obedient doing everything as he was told to do. After his mom’s death he closes himself off from the rest of the world except for a few friends. This leaves him in a depressed state, until Miyazono teaches him how to let go a little, which leads him to open up to people a little more.
Kousei has short black hair and blue eyes. He wears black rectangular glasses with a thick frame. He is usually seen wearing his school uniform which is a gray jacket with a light blue dress shirt and a red and white striped tie.
Over all Kousei is an interesting character. He has had a lot of bad things happen to him, but he is able to use his grief to push himself forward despite a few setbacks. He grows a lot through the series making you feel like you almost know him.
Thank you everyone for reading! You can check out our review for Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso here. Next week I will be doing our mascot, Suiseiseki from the Rozen Maiden series.