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Five Netflix Titles to Rip Your Heart Out and Soothe Your Soul.

There are many anime titles available to watch throughout various streaming websites and platforms currently. There are many of note among them, but to single them out would be quite the endeavor and so I’ll settle on picking a handful from one such site. I have chosen Netflix as my site of choice for today, but if this is received well, I may do more posts like this and feature anime found on other streaming sites too. Without further ado, let’s briefly cover six anime titles available on Netflix, that are emotional powerhouses worth your attention.

Usually the best is saved for last, but I’m switching things up and making it the first. This series is one of my, if not my most favorite anime of all time. However, just because it’s my best, that doesn’t mean it is for someone else. So rather than rank them, you can just go along with each title as an independent feature.

A Silent Voice is generally a movie about the consequences of one’s actions, and how they shape the lives of all affected for many years following them. More specifically, it follows a boy who relentlessly bullied a hearing impaired girl in grade school to the point she transferred and his efforts to make amends years later as a high school student. Through the movie, we can observe many themes that are relatable to the youth of today and serve as painful reminders for the youth of the past as well. What makes this movie so good is that no one is necessarily painted as good or bad, situations aren’t right or wrong, but rather; everyone has their own struggle that they must face, resolve and/or make peace with; making it realistic.

However, what gives it a charm as well as makes it worthy of being considered an emotional powerhouse, is the character driven subplot. The main characters specifically and their path to friendship and potential romance; it’s rather endearing to see, but the journey is not an easy one. They both must resolve the demons of their past, and confront those that played a part if they are to look towards the future. There are moments that will make you laugh, make you cry and even enrage you. In simple terms, it packs an emotional punch to those who can relate, as well as those who can’t. The direction and production of the film is so masterfully executed, it will definitely pull on the heartstrings of all who have the pleasure of viewing this masterpiece.

Violet Evergarden is a series that follows Violet; a young girl who was raised to be a weapon of war. She was treated as nothing more than a tool for years, until she was saved by the man that would give her life more meaning. He would take her in and teach her how to acclimate to the world as a living soul and how to find the beauty in life. However, Violet one day finds herself without him, and she must now make it on her own. This leads her to an associate of the man, and starts her journey as an Auto Memory Doll. Through her work, she will learn about life and it’s beauty, pain and the sadness it can bring, and most importantly of all, she will attempt to find an answer to the question, “what is love?”.

The series is filled to the brim with heartfelt moments, emotional encounters and fleeting memories. The side story movie keeps up with this trend and is as welcome an addition to the main series as the eventual sequel will be. Being a KyoAni work, the animation is beautiful and adds to the overall aesthetic that the series creates. This is an anime that is a must watch for anyone who likes to experience the emotions that living life can bring.

Your Lie in April or Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso is a musical drama that is best compared to a sucker punch of emotion. That is to say, the emotional buildup is gradual and light, but finishes in a rather abrupt manner. However, it is this unexpected event that gives the series its greatest emotional payoff. This is one that you must experience for yourself for the full effect, but I promise you it’s worth your time and investment. It’s also among my favorites of all time.

Carole and Tuesday is another musical anime, however it’s less focused on the drama, and more on the music. It quite literally is a musical phenomenon and is one of the best anime to release in the last year. It follows Carole and Tuesday, a musical duo who found each other as if by fate, and their journey to become the best musicians. Set in the sci-fi, futuristic world of Mars, the pair must work their way up from the bottom and navigate the harsh music industry one hurdle at a time. They are met with hardships, opposition and many roadblocks along the way, but they can somehow make it through it all, because they have each other. Their relationship is the emotional tether the viewers have to the story, and the music they create through their close bond is what offers a peaceful resolution for our troubled souls. Featuring the talents of many real-world musicians and producers, Carole and Tuesday is a really special work that everyone should see and is one one of Wantanabe’s finest works.

Last, but certainly not least, is an anime movie of Historical Fiction. It follows a young girl who’s forced to marry a man she barely knows and follows her daily life and struggle of living in Japan during World War II. It follows them as they come to find love together, against all odds and at the risk of losing that love just as suddenly as it came.

I watched this title most recently and it’s still resonating with me even now, days later. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into it, but I like historical works and so that was what encouraged me to give it a watch. What I experienced was something of an emotional roller coaster and left me with the impression that this is a silent killer. It’s a bit slow-paced and not exactly filled with action, but it’s still effective in planting its seeds of emotional turmoil and anguish. However, they don’t bear fruit until the last quarter of the movie. It’s there that this movie makes it mark and takes its place among these other series worthy of being called emotional powerhouses. While the climax is to be expected considering it is based on historical events, the bittersweet emotion bomb it sets off within you is not.

As I said before, there are many great anime titles on Netflix and beyond to watch, especially during this crazy and uncertain time. However, these five are my personal selection of emotional powerhouses that I feel deserve particular recognition. I hope that even just one of these titles will bring some joy or at least a little relief during this time. If you enjoyed this content, please let me know. Feel free to share your thoughts as well. Depending on the reception, I may do more of these. For now, thanks for reading and be well.

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April) Anime Review

Genre Tags: Drama, Romance, Music, School, Shounen

Seasons/Episodes: 22

Synopsis: Piano prodigy Arima Kousei dominated the competition and all child musicians knew his name. But after his mother, who was also his instructor, passed away, he had a mental breakdown while performing at a recital that resulted in him no longer being able to hear the sound of his piano even though his hearing was perfectly fine. Even two years later, Kosei hasn’t touched the piano and views the world in monotone, and without any flair or color. He was content at living out his life with his good friends Tsubaki and Watari until, one day, a girl changed everything. Miyazono Kaori is a pretty, free spirited violinist whose playing style reflects her personality. Kaori helps Kosei return to the music world and show that it should be free and mold breaking unlike the structured and rigid style Kosei was used to.

Plot Rating: 10/10

Character Development Rating: 10/10

Progression Rating: 10/10

Animation Rating: 10/10

Conclusion Rating: 10/10

Overall Rating: 10/10

Should You Watch: You can’t consider yourself a true anime lover if you don’t.

General Comments: To borrow from Juunji’s fantastic review on myanimelist seen here,

Hers was a white lie built on a grain of truth that snowballed as one lie after the other piled up. At first it was only hers, but then it became something that the two of them shared together – like a secret, a world upon which no other could encroach. He may have been “Friend A,” and she “the girl that loves my best friend,” but they were masquerading around a truth that neither one could openly admit because ultimately, the truth was much more painful.

This is a perfect interlude into the true story in Shigatsu, hidden under the guise of a typical romantic comedy music anime. Although it starts off seeming cliche, it’s revealed quite early on that this is much less a light-hearted RomCom and much more of Tragedy Drama that uses music as it’s method of story-telling. Initially, this anime seems to be very predictable, consisting of two story arcs. The first and most prevalent of the two is the trauma that Kousei faces as a result of his Mother’s harsh training and sudden death, but behind this cover, there is another arc being developed as a sub plot. This second arc slowly reveals itself over time, dropping subtle hints all through the first half of the series that eventually lead to the big reveal in the climax in the second half. These arcs, though seemingly connected by mere coincidence, actually connect and intertwine in a beautifully unexpected way, all while circling around beautiful scores of classical music.

Shigatsu has a cast that fits perfectly in with the plot, each and every one playing a significant role in the story and having some beneficial affect on Kousei. There are no unnecessary characters to be found and each one has a special charm that you can’t help but love. Inversely, we get to see the effect that Kousei has unknowingly on everyone else, leading to fantastic development of each and every character in an extremely short time span. Particularly, Shigatsu excelled at showing intricately just what each character was feeling, be it there happiness, confusion, pain; so much so that it sometimes led the story to drag on. However, this ultimately did not cause a deduction for the simple fact that by the final episode, you understand the reason and necessity for that slow build in the plot’s progression.

Once you finally reach the final episode, you are met with the most beautiful, heartfelt, impacting performance you’ve ever seen, the final number if you will. Everything that had happened previously was building up to that final performance, where Kaori and Kousei perform together once more in an unforgettable performance. This one scene alone is why animation couldn’t possibly be anything less than a 10, despite somewhat variable animation during the series. The last half of the final episode presents you with the aftermath and it’s in these final 10 minutes that an instant classic is born.

These final moments is what undeniably turns this anime from an average musical drama, to the emotionally impacting masterpiece that it has become. This anime does a perfect job at driving home just how one fated encounter can shape the lives of so many people and lead to a cascade of events that shape everyone’s lives. It teaches us to always cherish the time we are given with our loved ones and understand that as long as those memories stay in your heart, that person is never really gone and will always be with you. There is really nothing that I could say about this anime that could express any better just how spectacular of a journey it will bring you other than to say it is the only thing as of yet to compare to Clannad and Afterstory. Just as that did, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso will leave you in tears and with a feeling of emptiness, but more fulfilled than you will ever be after any other anime. So all that’s left to say now is to go watch the masterpiece that is sure to go down in history as the best music drama of all time.

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