A Tear On Your Cheek: Your Lie in April

Destiny that music leads to… 

The piano, guitar and Maracas…have you ever played any musical instruments? 

This is a story about a middle school student who is so into the music world. 

Kousei Arima has won in many piano competitions since he was little. It was all about following his mother’s dream, and Kousei practiced very hard through his entire life. He played the piano very accurately and exactly. One day, he played piano to his mom, hoping it would make her proud, but she didn’t like it at all. After that, his mom suddenly died, and Kousei lost his hearing that was vital for pianists. 

 Kousei meets Kaori Miyazono, a violinist. Her first impression of Kousei is terrible, because Kousei is accused by Kaori of taking sneaky pictures of her without permission. Where does the story go…? 

Rina Yamagata is going to introduce Your Lie in April today! 

Your Lie in April

  • Author:Naoshi Arakawa
  • Publisher:Kodansha Comics
  • Published on: April 21, 2015

As if you hear the beat 


-How did you find this manga? 

Rina: One of my friends recommended it to me. 

-I see. We find treasures unexpectedly with a perfect timing, don’t we? 

Rina: Exactly. I love reading manga, so I gave it a try.
-Are there any favorite characters? 

Rina: I like the main character, Arima-kun a lot.Another character, Kaori is a violinist and Kousei is assigned to be an accompanist for her. He hasn’t played the piano for a while, so they practice a lot together. He struggles with the trauma that he has, too. 
My favorite scene is when he plays the piano for the first time in a long time. Though this is just a manga, you might hear the imaginary sound of footsteps in the quiet place. 

You’ll get encouraged! 

-Did you learn anything from this manga? 

I’ve been in music field since I was little, so there are so many pages that I could relate to. This manga is very encouraging, and you’ll understand why the characters cry when they achieve something big.


-Thank you so much. Please leave a few words. 

Everyone including people who don’t know much about music can enjoy this manga. I like the movie version, but the manga is great too. Give it a try! Don’t forget to bring your tissues.

The manga version has already completed, so why don’t you binge-read it? 

Thank you, Rina for introducing Your Lie in April. 

Your Lie in April

  • Author:Naoshi Arakawa
  • Publisher:Kodansha Comics
  • Published on: April 21, 2015

Model  Profile

  • Name: Rina Yamagata 
  • Date of Birth: December 27th, 1992 
  • Birthplace: Hyogo Prefecture 
  • Job: Musician 
  • Hobby: I like driving and cooking. I sing anywhere too. 
  • Twitter: @rinapuuu1227  
  • Instagram: @rinapuuu1227 

(カメラマン・Rimi Sakamoto/個人サイト・http://www.rimisakamoto.net/ 


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Ever since she can remember, she read WEEKLY JUMP, which is a weekly manga magazine read by teenagers in Japan, instead of picture books. The more she grew up, the more weekly and monthly magazines were piled in her room. She resisted throwing away lots of Manga even when she was told to do so by her parents. She resisted it because there are so many beautiful dramas and compelling characters which showed her the world she’ve never had. It was a precious time for her when she was little.