10 Anime Like 'Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso' ('Your Lie in April')

Updated on August 17, 2019
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Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April)
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April) | Source

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (also known as Your Lie in April) is a romance/drama/music anime that follows the story of Kousei Arima as he discovers the true meaning of the music in his life. Ever since his mom died, Kousei has been unable to hear his own music. As a result, he has stopped playing piano. Now in high school, he enjoys hanging out with his friends and living the simple life—all away from his own melody and his past.

One day, a whimsical girl named Kaori Miyazono—a playful and cheerful violinist—appears in Kousei’s life. She tries to get him to play his piano once again. After all, Kousei was a musical prodigy, and letting him stagnate would be such a waste. Kaori does her best in trying to make Kousei open his heart again to the music that he used to cherish. This series is a musical adventure that is about diving deep into a sea of melodies, searching for lost tones, and facing the music of life head-on!

This show is dramatic as it is romantic, which is a good thing because it's definitely capable of tugging at your heartstrings. What makes this series great and unforgettable is the music. It is successful at captivating the audience and will stay with you after the series has ended.

If this show has caught your attention, then here are more anime like Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso! All of these series have some type of thematic element that makes them similar to one another. You’ll most likely enjoy them just as much as you enjoyed Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso. Indulge yourself and enjoy them all!

Ten Anime Similar to 'Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso' ('Your Lie in April')

  1. Nodame Cantabile
  2. Plastic Memories
  3. Clannad
  4. Angel Beats
  5. Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope)
  6. White Album 2
  7. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
  8. Golden Time
  9. Orange
  10. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

Nodame Cantabile
Nodame Cantabile | Source

1. Nodame Cantabile

Shinichi Chiaki has the dream of becoming a musical conductor and playing music with the elites of Europe. He does what he can to be as perfect as possible in order to achieve his ambitions. He has a problem though—he’s afraid of airplanes and the ocean! That is why, no matter how perfect he is when it comes to music, he remains glued to the land of Japan.

Shinichi coincidentally meets a girl who’s totally different from him. The girl is Megumi Noda (Nodame for short) and she’s frowzy and directionless in her life. She’s a great pianist though, much to Shinichi’s bewilderment! Their meeting is the start of their musical adventure. It’s an adventure that will take both of them out of their comfort zones in order for them reach their full potential.

Plastic Memories
Plastic Memories | Source

2. Plastic Memories

In the future, humans have finally created robots that are nearly identical to themselves. They are called Giftias, and they are androids that share realistic external attributes as well as genuine feelings, emotions, and freewill. Although Giftias are indeed a significant breakthrough in science and technology, they still possess one irreparable flaw. They can only live for 81,920 hours!

18-year-old Tsukasa Mizugaki lands a job in the Terminal Service of the Sion Artificial Intelligence Corporation. As first, he thought that his job would be as simple and as easy as he initially assessed. However, he realizes that is not the case, especially when he has to retrieve Giftias that are close to their expiration dates. Good thing he has his partner, Isla, to assist him and share the burden of the job. However, Isla is also a Giftia!

Clannad | Source

3. Clannad

Having lived a life that has always been dull and boring for him, Tomoya Okazaki firmly believes that he is worthless and will never amount to anything. As such, he often just squanders time and does what he wants without giving a second thought about his own future. One day, everything changes for him when he meets a weird girl that he just can’t get out of his mind.

The weird girl Tomoya met was Nagisa Furukawa. She's a simple and ordinary girl, but Tomoya has become interested in her. Day by day, they can’t help but notice each other more and more until they finally become friends. From that point on, Tomoya's bland life gradually gains some color. With his newfound reason for living, as well as his new friends that he has to help, Tomoya finally starts to change his view of his own self and his own life.

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Angel Beats
Angel Beats | Source

4. Angel Beats

Yuzuru Otonashi suddenly finds himself in a place that seems like a school. He finds out that he’s actually dead and the place he is in is the afterlife! To add more to the surprise, Yuzuru is caught up in a war between the students of the school and an angelic girl they call Tenshi! What exactly is happening and how did Yuzuru end up there in the first place?

As it turns out, everyone in this so-called afterlife school needs to graduate in order to actually transcend into the real afterlife. Most of the students are confused about the situation; Tenshi actually wants them to graduate! Tenshi, whose name is actually Kanade Tachibana, is a nearly invincible and misunderstood girl who actually knows what is going on. When Yuzuru tries to communicate with her, the "students" begin to change their strategy on reaching the afterlife.

Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope)
Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope) | Source

5. Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope)

Kaoru Ishimi is a talented classical pianist who has an introverted personality due to his past circumstances. Ever since he was young, he has been hopping from place to place. This has prevented him from making any long-lasting connections and friends.

Right after transferring into another school for the year, Kaoru begins to experience something new—friendship. It all started after meeting Sentarou Kabuchi—a delinquent boy whose love for jazz music is incomparable! Soon after their fateful encounter, Kaoru starts to get interested in jazz music. Friendship allows him to open up, enabling him create music that he and others can enjoy!

White Album 2
White Album 2 | Source

6. White Album 2

The Light Music Club has come to the point that it’s about to cease operations because most of its members have already left. Guitar-playing student Haruki Kitahara won’t allow that. He’s determined to play in the school music festival, but he can’t do it alone!

One day, he hears a beautiful voice and a melodic piano that blends harmoniously with his guitar. The beautiful voice belongs to a girl named Setsuna Ogiso while the melodic piano music comes from a girl named Kazusa Touma. With these two girls playing music with Haruki, saving the Light Music Club and participating in the school music festival may not just be a fleeting dream anymore.

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day | Source

7. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

In the middle of summer, Jinta Yadomi encounters the ghost of his childhood friend, Meiko Honma (Menma for short). At first, he thought that it was just the heat of the summer getting to him, but then he realizes that the ghost of Menma is the real deal!

It’s a mystery why Menma’s ghost has suddenly appeared before Jinta, but there’s at least one thing that is sure—Menma cannot rest in peace just yet! She has unfinished business with Jinta and all of her childhood friends. Menma and Jinta spend the summer reliving the past and trying to get their childhood group—the Super Peace Busters—back in action!

If you end up becoming a fan of this series, here are some further anime recommendations.

Golden Time
Golden Time | Source

8. Golden Time

Banri Tada lost his memories. His hometown, his past, his relationships, his treasured moments in life—he lost all of those things after an accident. He moves to Tokyo to try and go to law school to start a new life. But he didn’t expect things to happen so fast.

The moment Banri steps into his new school, he experiences the defining moment of his new life. He meets a student named Kouko Kaga, and she really sparks his interest and focus. That is until Banri’s old memories eventually try to get in the way. Will Banri’s new life be the norm for him, or will his past mess with everything? Banri has to find a middle ground soon, or else his new life will fall apart.

Orange | Source

9. Orange

One day at school, a new transfer student named Kakeru Naruse introduces himself to everyone. Of course, no one in the class knows about him or his circumstances. That is until Naho Takamiya reads the letter she received in the morning!

The letter Naho received claims that it came from herself 10 years into the future. It details everything that is yet to happen. And most importantly, Kakeru is in the middle of everything that’s going to happen! What will Naho do? Will she follow the letter from the future down to every last detail? Or will she ignore it even though it will mean disregarding the regrets of her future self?

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 | Source

10. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

Mirai Onozawa wishes that everything would just fall apart because of her frustrations with her family and life in general. She regrettably gets what she wished for! While she and her brother Yuuki are visiting a robot convention in the far-off city of Odaiba, a devastating magnitude 8.0 earthquake shatters everything!

With all the destruction and casualties, Mirai and Yuuki now have to make their way home alive and unscathed. But that’s easier said than done. Tremors and aftershocks are still active, and their home is so far away! With survival in mind, Mirai and Yuuki must tread through dangerous rubble and wreckage if they ever hope of getting home and being reunited with their family.

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        3 years ago from Singapore

        Nodame and Sakamichi had great music too. :)


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