Have you ever heard of this series called Your Lie in April aka Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso [四月は君の嘘]? It was originally a manga series that started in 2011 but didn't get an anime until last year. It's a romance drama with gorgeous art!
The story is about a middle-schooler named Kousei who was a piano prodigy as a child until his mother's untimely death. She was his teacher and a very fierce one at that.
Since she passed, he had a breakdown and felt he could never play the piano ever again. Kousei saw his life going black and white. That is, until he and his friends, Watari and Tsubaki, meet Kaori.
Kaori is an amazing violinist who, unlike Kousei, is a free spirit and goes wherever the music takes her. She is able to take sheet music and turn it into her own masterpiece. Her very being allows him to see color in his world again. She makes him want to play the piano again. She makes him live and feel.
I read some of the synopsis of the series and see that it's supposed to be a tragedy. But I'm not sure how much more tragic you can get than by losing one's mother. I'm only up to ep. 8 so I will have to wait and see. It's a very beautiful series to watch and the art is just so amazing. The colors go perfectly with the mood of the scenes and the character designs are very nice to look at. It also features many classical pieces! (Wonderful for the classical music fans!)
I also love both the opening Hikaru Nara (光るなら; If You Will Shine) by goose house and the ending Kirameki (キラメキ; Sparkle) by wacci!
Check out the trailer to hear a clip of the OP~
If you love series like Boys Over Flowers, Full Moon O Sagashite, Honey and Clover, Kimi Ni Todoke, La Corda d'Oro, Sand Chronicles or even Nodame Contabile - I highly recommend it! I hear it could be the anime of the year!
And to think I only found out about this series because Tokyo Otaku Mode posted the release for the Kaori figure! So give it a watch!
See you soon!