His Lie in April
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Kousei Arima was a young pianist stuck in his own bubble, and he only sees in monotone. But then, a blond-haired violinist shows up in his life, and his whole world brightens. But then he gets into a string of accidents that puts his fate in jeopardy.
WARNING! There are unmarked Spoilers ahead. Beware.
- An Arm and a Leg: What sets Kousei's path to his eventual demise is his left foot getting crushed by the weight of an oncoming car when he slips and falls on the pavement of the crosswalk in a rainstorm; he also hits his head on a metal lamp post as he falls down; due to the severe damage it sustained (it gets crushed pretty badly), Kousei's left foot gets amputated, and is forced to use a prosthetic left foot.
- Bittersweet Ending: For all of this story's darkness compared to the original, it does end on a high note, as even though Kousei ended his life, 20 years later, it shows that Kaori endured and pulled through with Kousei's father, Takahiko, remarrying and Kaori marries Takahiko's stepson; they also have a son named Hikaru.
- Canada, Eh?:
- Kaori becomes a fan of the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders, which was instilled by a new character, her uncle Seiya, who happens to live and work in Canada.
- Furthering the Canadian references, Kaori eats at a restaurant called Murphy Fries which serves the Canadian dish called poutine.
- One of the attendees of Kousei's memorial concert, Lisa Deslaruiers (pronounced DEH-loor-E-eh), is from Canada.
- Convulsive Seizures: For Kousei, after he hits his head for a third time on a concrete curb, this happens to him, and he has to be operated on sooner as a result.
- Distant Finale: 20 years after the original events, Kaori marries Kousei's stepbrother (as Kousei's father, Takahiko, remarries and moved on with his life after Kousei's demise; as aforementioned, the couple have a son together), and she becomes a successful violinist.
- Driven to Suicide:
- After enduring three episodes of head trauma, and after his successful surgery (that, however, left him in a worse off state than before), Kousei decides that his life is no longer worth living and he ends his life via overdose, making this decision after he sees the ghost of his mother Saki telling him that she is waiting for him
- After her friend commits suicide, Kaori realizes that her whole life is in a major state of shambles, and decides to end her life by overdosing, like Kousei did. However, her friends and her parents intervene to stop her.
- A new character, Keiko Tamura, tries to jump off a bridge after hearing the news of Kousei's death. She too is stopped by her own parents and a few police officers.
- Losing Your Head: After the second blow to the head, in a deleted scene, Kousei has a nightmare where his head falls off in the middle of a concert (literally and bloodlessly), and to the horror of the crowd, he tries to get it back on, but wakes up screaming just as he puts his head back on.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After realizing that trying to end her own life would have been a cowardly way to go out, Kaori breaks down emotionally, as she is NOT terminally ill unlike the original story.
- Shirtless Scene:
- Notably, Kousei is accidentally seen naked (but only from the waist-up) in his residence by his three friends after a bath in which he accidentally sleeps in his tub, which prompts him to throw every toiletry he can, to which he admonishes them by calling them The Three Stooges after Kaori, Watari and Tsubaki go out for some donuts and coffee.
- On top of this, most hospital scenes that Kousei is involved in has him shirtless.
- Spoiler Title: One of the working titles of the story was They Couldn't Save Kousei's Brain, but was rejected as it gave away the plot too much.
- The Woobie: Kousei, as a whole. All three of the accidents that lead to his eventual suicide involved vehicles (his left foot gets crushed as he gets hit by a car in the first accident, and he hits his head on a metal lamp post, the second one had him riding his bicycle and losing his balance before hitting his head on a metal lamp post, like the first accident, and the third and final one, the most fatal one, had him getting struck by a bus, which results in him being tossed a few feet into the air, and hitting his head hard on a concrete curb; all these accidents render his brain severely damaged; he becomes an amputee, near deaf, his speech slurred, and just about clinically depressed).
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Kousei after the second blow to the head; initially, it is very minor. It becomes more extreme after the third and most fatal one; he says he cannot remember his name before he has a very major seizure that results in his operation being moved up.