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Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

Alternative Titles

English: Your Lie in April
Japanese: 四月は君の嘘


Type: TV
Episodes: 22
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 10, 2014 to Mar 20, 2015
Premiered: Fall 2014
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:20 (JST)
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: A-1 Pictures
Source: Manga
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.871 (scored by 472,973 users)
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Ranked: #202
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Popularity: #33
Members: 820,732
Favorites: 45,128


Both animes display some similarities: - Male protagonist is a quiet calm composed person who excels at piano. In NC we have an adult while in Shigatsu we have a teenager. They have similar personalities and yet even though NC is targeted to an older audience it is Shigatsu which displays the protagonist with a much more dramatic past and more dramatic plot. - Female protagonist is rather unique and loves to play joyfully her piano/violin. Personally I find NC's heroine a refreshing heroine because she is very centered in comedy and it is very crazy while Shigatsu's heroine delivers more tragic moments. - Heroine ends up  read more 
report Recommended by Orulyon
Same feels and void. Both have really good character developments for main male MC. Similar kind of lesson too. As a character, i think female MC in Shigatsu is better than Nagisa. And I think that the story progression in Shigatsu is a tad better. I would say Shigatsu is kind of slow but if you enjoyed the pacing of Clannad, then it won't be considered slow. Beautiful soundtracks in Shigatsu also. Another difference is the seriousness in Clannad usually progresses. In Shigatsu it sometimes gets cut off by some gag humour. But when Shigatsu has to be serious, it does it really well.  
report Recommended by Jonahtang
Very similar main characters, facing similar complex and personal problems, in a similar isolated setting, similar messages... I could go on. Enjoy! 
report Recommended by Ausp
Utilizing similar romance tropes, viewers can expect to find themselves emotionally drawn in by the ups and downs, but a touch of mystery added in. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
"A famous violinist once said that by exchanging (musical) notes, you get to know one another; to understand one another. As if your souls were connected, and hearts overlapping. It's a conversation through instruments. A miracle that creates harmony. In that moment, music transcends words." Kids on the Slope has its two MALE leads connect via music. There's every suggestion that the thugish drummer would like to pound more than his drums as they compete and connect by playing jazz together. The glasses-wearing, scrawny lead finds liberation by escaping from the restrictions of classical piano playing and happiness by bonding with his 'friend'. The show does  read more 
report Recommended by AironicallyHuman
Fates entwining, paths crossing perhaps only for a brief moment. Romance, sadness, packed together with a nice little bow of a well written plot, but prepare as well for a good cry. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
In both of these anime music plays a large role in the development of characters and romance. There is also plenty of drama and feels. Differences include White Album 2 being more on the serious side, while Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso tends to be a little less serious through its addition of comedy. 
report Recommended by Xenovius
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso is like even more heartbreaking version of Plastic Memories. They're both cute but tragic love stories. 
report Recommended by aifukola
A protagonist who wants to quit what he loves doing because of bad mental state, but gets motivated by his lov..I mean, friend, who supports him and helps him climb back on top. Both have artists who create stories with their performance, and there is a lot of inner monologues. Yuri on Ice has less drama than Shigatsu. 
report Recommended by fuyuki
These anime revolves around music, in which develops the traits of each character in the story. In Shigatsu, they use piano and/or violin and play classical music. In Hibike, they joined a wind ensemble and also play classical music. The characters strive for their best and overcome the difficulties they meet in order to play with all their best. They also join competitions. 
report Recommended by raviel_ken
Both about pianists finding themselves though music. Although both feature children they have dark/emotional moments. 
report Recommended by Hana-Lu
~~~MILD SPOILERS!!~~~ Please do not read if you feel that this may affect your enjoyment of either anime. You have been warned! Well, in a sense, the main 2 protagonists of Kousei and Kaori are somewhat similar to Sorata and Shiina of Sakurasou. Albeit, Sorata goes through his "transformation" whilst trying to reach what he feels to be a sense of "accomplishments" that can match up to Shiina, while Kousei is already an accredited pianist. However, in Kousei's story, it is more about him being able to accept his position in life and being able to break out of the mental shell that was left  read more 
report Recommended by ScruffyPillows
- Kousei <-> Arata - Kaori <-> Chihaya Enough said? The difference though is that Chihayafuru is centered on the energetic girl who wants to bring people into her world while Shigatsu wa kimi no uso is centered on the depressed boy who stopped performing. I really like how both bring up how passionate their characters are. Also the music in both those shows is perfect, 
report Recommended by Kurunyo
Both Orange and Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso are shoujo mangas that deal with the the juxtaposed concepts of mortality and carpe diem. The mangas contain a similar background in which the mother of the male protagonist passes away, leaving a mental scar for the character. With the help of friends and especially the female protagonist, he overcomes this loss. The secondary focus of the stories would be enjoying the time you have with your friends while you are alive. The dramas also focus on performing an specific activity to help get over the loss. In the case of Orange, the male protagonist finds  read more 
report Recommended by duscdragon
Deeply moving, beautiful music. Both highlight the inner struggle and the influence of other people in understanding this struggle.  
report Recommended by Zerelada
Golden Time released not long before KimiUso, yet both have a number of similar plot elements. For example, the protagonist in both likes a girl who appears to like his best friend. The protagonist in both also suffers from internal emotional turmoil, due to their past haunting them. For Arima, it's his hearing problems, and the feint memories of his mother. For Banri, it's his amnesia, and the feint memories of his past life before he suffered amnesia. The female lead in both shows, Kaori and Kouko, also has an upbeat personality, which contrasts with the more laid-back personality of the male protagonist in both  read more 
report Recommended by Jagged_85
Both are tear-jerkers, but the characters in Shigatsu don't look like potatoes.  
report Recommended by Drew
Both tell story of violinists, while Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso is more realistic representation of the world of musicians, Kinito no Corda takes you on tale of a magic violin. Both very inspirational, telling story of struggles as a musician. Both equally charming. If you liked Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso you will definitely like Kiniro no CordaL: Pirmo Passo. 
report Recommended by tacocat
Both have an amazing, emotional, slice of life storyline backed by phenomenal scores, and the animation for them is among the best I've ever seen. Both are examples of a love it or hate it anime, but if you enjoyed one, I'm almost positive you will also enjoy the other. 
report Recommended by Ray_Zimmerman
Main boy & girl are complete opposite of each other. Girl live her life to the fullest meanwhile Boy not have much social interaction. Story about dealing with misfortune, grief, and growth. Also great love story, without official relationship status. 
report Recommended by watzitoya
Both have the romance and passion for something. Inspiring and refreshing~~ 
report Recommended by Ji_Hu
Both are really emotional anime they make you smile and cry, every one fight for the one who loves . but there friendship always in the way of there love ..  
report Recommended by gonko
Both anime capture the struggles between relationships and how humans interconnect from the past to the present, and the feelings that remain. 
report Recommended by Riftguardian
The main romance plot is very similar between them. They may not share the same main plot (Music and Slice of Life/School) but secondary characteristics may apply. The alternance between comedy and drama is really similar, while the romance feels really heartwarming. There are a lot of similar events at the end of both, talking about them would be spoiling, but who liked one will probably like the other. 
report Recommended by Nickk
Prior to KimiUso, Hantsuki was an earlier anime that also dealt with the very similar theme of a boy falling in love with a girl who suffers from serious illness. Both shows handle the theme just as well. KimiUso is a longer show, as it also deals with a classical music themed story, the protagonist's backstory, a larger cast of characters, and a wider variety of settings, whereas Hantsuki is shorter, more straight-to-the-point, focused on the two leads' relationship and her illness (which it goes into more detail about), and is mostly set in a hospital. Both shows have a similarly sad mood (with occasional  read more 
report Recommended by Jagged_85
Upon watching the first episode of Tsurune, I would say that both the MCs from Shigatsu and Tsurune have a past that has barred them from excelling at their respective "sport". Especially, both MCs are excellent at their arts, but are unable to recover from a tragedy until they have received the support of friendship. -MC with a past -Friendship -Slice of life  
report Recommended by zucchinichop
This recommendation isn't to say that you'll enjoy Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso if you liked Koe no Katachi, but if you liked Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, it's very likely you'll like Koe no Katachi. Describing why this is the case is difficult. Too difficult In both this cases I recommend the sub, although the english dubs of both are also very well made. The issue is that the translations are too literal for Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso and too loose for Koe no Katachi.  
report Recommended by Tenderizer17
Characters trying to reach people's heart with music, unfinished childhood stories, a melancholy caused by an apparently unrequited love that has a lot more to it and a great soundtrack with music that will hearten your soul.  
report Recommended by Nathy_Rabello
Both have a musical sport as its basis and delve into relationships (though Ballroom has an overall lighter and grounded tone.) They have a light dreamy palette and amazing art styles. Both also have a reputation of being put-off by general viewership due to its perceived subject matter (one about being a pianist and one about being a dancer.) 
report Recommended by icrawler
Both series are about a by-the-book artist opening up and becoming more creative. In Barakamon, it's by moving to the countryside and meeting people there. In Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, it's by meeting another artist. 
report Recommended by sorata861
Both series have a romance/friendship centered story. Both protagonists have certain emotional or/and physical scars which prevent them from leading a normal high school life. They are both well writen, well directed, well animated masterpieces that certainly leave a mark when you are finished watching them. 
report Recommended by krowzHS
A similar plot where love blossoms between the MCs but time is the deterring factor. Also, the MCs have slight resemblances. 
report Recommended by iam_pr19
A tale of new friends, new memories, blossoming love and forgetting the past. Follow our main cast of characters as they grow into new people through the love of art - and - music. Both anime use music and insert songs to evict emotion as well as excellent monologues and dialogues between characters to create complex character relationships and bonds. Both shows have a love triangle(s), broken hearts, new discoveries and reaching for the future. 
report Recommended by Mayuka
Both are Slice of Life - Romances with a dose of comedy and a huge helping of feels. While they have widely different story lines and styles they both have characters looking to be the best at what they do (piano/violin and manga) with all the bumps and bruises along the way. They aren't perfectly parallel, but that's what make it enjoyable to watch both of them. 
report Recommended by Shadow_Links
Both shows have love and music as their main theme. Shigatsu may seem more of the dramatic type and innocent love, Nana can be a bit darker and tragic. These two are homogeneous in terms of characters having a hit and miss in their love target but anyhow, things just somehow get refreshing and bittersweet 
report Recommended by connielas
Bespectacled protagonist with an immense talent struggles to actually be able to use it. Two main characters must brave the gulf that has started in between them. Both protagonists are sympathetic and wonderfully designed. 
report Recommended by BoyHime732
both these anime has piano in common and both the mc's are prodigy and its very interesting 
report Recommended by Ankith_Poojary
Both shows are really good at showcasing their respective professions (cooking/music), and fully explore the highs and lows of being 100% dedicated to their craft. Both shows feature a main character that is a master (or former master) of music/cooking, with a second character that is relatively weak/shy who grows tremendously by learning from the main character. Through these characters, the shows explore just how cruel these professions can be, requiring the students to devote themselves for long hours over weeks, just for a chance at success. Notably, Shokugeki takes place in a school featuring the world's top culinary students, but only 1% of that group makes  read more 
report Recommended by Mac97
HaruChika and Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso both employ the soul of music in their respective series. Both anime depict the importance of friendship and how it can overcome the different problems and puzzles in life. The two main characters are both musically inclined in HaruChika and Shigatsu. If you want to comfort your feelings with soothing music, then you should watch these anime series.  
report Recommended by salamander02
Mutta is a down on his luck guy that has lost touch with his childhood ambition: to be an astronaut. Arima is a guy who hasn't quite given up piano, but is stuck in his past. Both make a plethora of excuses, and are unable to move forward in life. But, people appear who pull them along into their past dreams, and they begin to change in positive ways. For Mutta, it's his little brother Hibito. For Arima, it's Miyazono.  
report Recommended by arashi-chan12
This show also stars someone who has a passion for music and wants to impress a specific person. But the main character here has a medical issue that prevents her from singing and is on her deathbed basically. She's granted two guardian angels to fulfill her dying wish. 
report Recommended by NatariDesu
In a classic "boy meets girl", spring came to the protagonists who face mental problems which makes it difficult to fulfill their dreams, to receive help from a girl that will make you transcend himself. 
report Recommended by OtakuNote87
A little different but they do share some similarities. Inspiring love story, they both push each other to do better. 
report Recommended by Momori66
Both protagonists face obstacles and depression that hinders them from their happiness and goals. They also have people who help them realize that they can achieve their goals. However, Accel World has way more action and fight scenes and Shitgatsu wa Kimi no Uso has way more emotional impacts. 
report Recommended by Soratinite
Both series focus on the bond between two friends mixed with the importance of facing obstacles head on. You can find a lot of similar themes with keeping tragic secrets and getting through emotional issues from the past.  
report Recommended by SummerMambo
A little different but they do share some similarities. Inspiring love story, they both push each other to do better. 
report Recommended by Momori66
It's hard to compare them without giving out major spoiler, but Clione no Akari is Shigatsu's rip-off. 
report Recommended by Piromysl
- The friendship layout is strikingly similar. (Boy in glasses falls for a pretty girl he just met and his best friend for several years secretly likes him.) - They actually have a lot of differences (Shigatsu deals with music while AnoNatsu deals with film making). - But in both series you get to see the concept of being "friendzoned" several times. - The female romantic interest (Kaori in Shigatsu and Ichika in AnoNatsu) also leaves the main character alone, in her own way. 
report Recommended by AreyKyoya
They both have a lot of drama and a lot of passion about art. Art is an important and really intertaining part of both anime. 
report Recommended by ampm1223
Both have main characters guys who aren't much until this one girl changes his life Both main characters that have a passion that gets better thanks to the girl I've seen only 1 ep Gamers! But it gives me your lie in april vibes Oh and btw It's not THAT good as your lie in april it 's just very similar 
report Recommended by GentelKef
Both have bad Romance plots and annoying characters who often make poor decisions. 
report Recommended by Tyrannicswine117
Both have the MC overcoming their grief of losing their mother Both have the MC having fallen in love with the person that changes their life Both have follows the archetypical storylines of characters having ups and downs Both have amazing sound tracks Both have visual appealing arts Conclusion: mahoutsukai emphasizes on the main character finding her self just as much as your lie in April. Tho your lie in April draws tears While Mahoutsukai is still awaiting a sequel that might draws you tears . It’s good to check them both out if you are in to slice of life.  
report Recommended by KiwiFruitCup
Both anime has MC that stopped doing the thing they loved because of some bitter past, but eventually met someone who help them to get over that problem. 
report Recommended by Aicchi
If you're not sad and depressed enough after watching "your lie in April" , Saikano will for sure be the hidden gem to get you all the way to the deep end, and vice versa. There are very few Anime that has make me cry like a small kid and both of these are top 5 without any doubt.  
report Recommended by animeimboo
both has similar stand point to express the love and affection in their field .You can understand a talent isnt the every thing .It needs some realization . Both has tremendous love story also.You cant stop your feelings for them i sure about that.  
report Recommended by Mckrony
Both are musical animes with great soundtracks and drama 
report Recommended by ArturoSenpai
both have the similiar characters. kousei and otosaka as the main character who have a flat life, then both of them meet the cheerfull girls that changed them life(?). but the most tragic is shigatsu wa kimi no uso T_T 
report Recommended by uryuu_minene72
Put aside the music and time traveling, these anime have a lot in common actually. - The MC's best friend has an interesting past - Both about romance - Something happens at the end (maybe) - Both are very tear - jerking - The background music is pretty good 
report Recommended by StufedAnmalQueen
It´s all about music isn´t it? Nope. In both anime you see some students finding their way through life, growing on mistakes and challenges, while fighting their painful past or future. If you want to watch an anime that left you heartbroken and swollen from crying, well then enjoy. 
report Recommended by Arijsu
Boy meets girl in high school. Girl draws boy into her world. Boy faces obstacles and grows as a person. Life of girl in peril, making feelings for her more raw and desperate. 
report Recommended by fduniho
The love story to each anime is so sad yet so sweet  
report Recommended by Qwixx_Games
Arima, Kousei stop playing piano because he can't hear and Aizawa, Kakeru stop playing also. 
report Recommended by kyleen
Great history and characters beautiful animation and ost, a masterpiece  
report Recommended by DannyR14
Similarities - are about music and school -main character who plays piano cant play piano with the exact same reason(which I wont say to avoid spoiler) but they will eventually play again because of pushy friends that encouraged them Differences -Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso got tagged as drama and romance while Tari Tari is slice of life -Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso atmosphere,art and funny moments are amazing while Tari Tari looks a bit rushed and the characters should have been given more depth -Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso is focused on classical instrumental play while Tari Tari is on singing  
report Recommended by Kobeo
"Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso" / "Your Lie in April" and "Black Bullet" both involve a young man teaching a little girl exciting new things and giving her precious experiences when their guardians are not present. The protagonists Arima Kousei and Satomi Rentarou share the quality of deeply caring and trying to look out for a rather childish girl. They also seek to become better in the only thing they excel in and struggle to attain their dreams. Also, these two talented individuals share a tragic past that they use as motivation to empower themselves and allow them to be among the best. Furthermore, the lead female  read more 
report Recommended by StevenHu
"Your Lie in April" / "Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso" and "To Shoot Without Shooting" / "Fusha no Sha" both involve a lead character who is exremely talented in the art they practice, which are playing the violin and archery respectively. These two characters are shown to be able to conjure an imaginary instrument with the capabilities of the actual item though their sheer resolve, whether for playing music or for sharpshooting. 
report Recommended by StevenHu
So, while one may be more tragic and the other gives you the fuzzy warm feelings, both anime are centered around music and have a very cheerful heroine that tries their best.  
report Recommended by kate0731
"Kuro no Sumika: Chronus" and "Your Lie in April" / "Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso" each revolve around a unique secondary school student who has had bad experiences throughout his life. The death of someone close to him has been an issue that has traumatized the respective protagonists for years, in which both must overcome. 
report Recommended by StevenHu
"Your Lie in April" / "Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso" and "Harmonie" focus on an introverted boy in secondary school who has fell in love with an attractive and popular girl who already has a boyfriend. Furthermore, the male protagonist of both anime has talent in the field of music, and through unconventional means, it becomes a recurring motif that brings him closer together with his seemingly out of grasp love interest. 
report Recommended by StevenHu
Both shows have a theme of music and the motivational and emotional powers that it can unleash, though Sound of the Sky comes at it from a more relaxed, less dramatic angle 
report Recommended by emberreviews
"Your Lie in April" / "Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso" and "Ongaku Shoujo" both centre around a very cheerful blonde girl attempting to convince the rather shy protagonist with a case of stage fright to continue to pursue music. As the two characters grow closer, the formerly troubled protagonist slowly comes out of his/her shell but becomes dependent on the new friend. Also, in both anime, there involves a cat at the very beginning and melodrama at the end. 
report Recommended by StevenHu
Despite the content being inherently different (sports vs. music), the themes are actually quite similar. Competition, pressure to be perfect (especially in front of an audience), relationships between friends, and more are all common themes. Relating to one show means you will likely relate to the other. 
report Recommended by charlieshae
So Madoka Magica and KimiUso belong to two very different genres. One is full of action and written by someone with a hard-on for dark themes and the other writer is quite possibly the next regular on the Feels Train. However, where have we heard this before? A bubbly and lighthearted exterior masking a deeper, darker undertone. Only Madoka Magica embraces it from the very beginning while KimiUso hints and teases us of it until it strikes you at the right time. But that's not the only similarity. The protagonists need to come to terms with making a life-changing decision while either the world around them or  read more 
report Recommended by iSheep
They both have a slice of life. Tearful scenes ,heartwarming scenes. Strong female lead. Just a great romance that's meant to be seen . I recommend the manga for both of these too. What ever happens read it until the end. 
report Recommended by RosyXkid
What can i say.. dispite of having different main theme sports vs music, i kept thinking what anime first comes to my mind when i was watching Kimi no Uso. And surprisingly, i think it's Cross Game. They kind of give off similar feel, both Slice of life with some sad touches, and those sad touches make both anime more beautiful, more meaningful. Also both are about finding your first true love, and finding and reaching your goals . In my opinion they are both so nice. And well, maybe as a sidenote, there is some baseball on both :) Both great anime for watching, especially  read more 
report Recommended by Lylaaz
Similar MCs have painful past and try to overcome themselves Both stories portray complicated romantic relationships between characters Both stories focused on music performance 
report Recommended by dekimasen
Music and romance anime. Both series deal with a piano player who lost their way. Unable to play the piano. But thanks to their friends/sensei, they were able to play again. Classical music can be heard in both series.  
report Recommended by AnimeFan500
While Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso is more focused on music and drama and Ore Monogatari!! is a cute and light romance comedy, I feel the relationships between the characters are really similar in the two series. We have a main character who is not self-confident at all, and suddenly gets involved with a girl who he immediately falls in love with. However, because of their lack on self-confidence, they think that the girl has a crush on the main character's best friend, who is the popular handsome and cool boy. Other than that, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso and Ore Monogatari!! are really different, but if  read more 
report Recommended by Usuru
Both have a similar fashion of a lead male character with a rather dreary, boring life...spiced up by meeting a girl with an upbeat personality that helps change their world views. It also appears the romantic sub-plots are going to work in a similar fashion as well. 
report Recommended by Toucanbird
-Both have musicians who quit/want to quit playing -Both have a girl who inspires to keep on -Both have ill violinists -Character that has been physically abused by guardian -Both have a character who has to deal with the death of a loved one -Both have exquisite "scenery porn" -Both have characters who must confront past ordeals and move on -Drama/Slice of life/Romance ef: a Tale of Melodies deals with older more adultish characters and is more dark, while Your Lie in April deals with middle schoolers and is more upbeat but still just as dramatic. 
report Recommended by Bae-chan
Compared to an OVA and a TV show, well I could say that. An anime between Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso with Tsuki no Sango is that there is good storyline, it gives you this taste of wanting to know more. Both of them are based in a novel and both share the good taste of Chopin.  
report Recommended by alfazeroneko
Tears, tears, tears, and more tears. Both have ethereal and bittersweet romance, Although settings are a bit different, one is school and a TV show, thus more time to develop, while hotarubi is a movie, but trust me, a beautifully worded and animated one. Not for people who want happy ever afters, although tragedies can also be beautiful in their own ways. 
report Recommended by ririchiyomika
If you ever liked music, or musical anime drives you.. OR MUSIC FEELS is what you are looking for.. then I think K-ON delivers these feels the same way ShiUso did.. Both anime have music as catalyst for enjoyment even tho they have different stories. It's just, I have both their tracks in my playlist all the time. 
report Recommended by shirou19
All I can say is that Sukitte will compliment the feelings that Shigatsu will bring to the table. Sukitte will mend your heart, I promise you. 
report Recommended by NewSeasonPlease
If you love the relationship between Chitoge and Raku, and how they have their little stubborn but loving moments together, then watch Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso. They're both really loving stories that you'll enjoy. (Keep in mind that Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso is full of feels and may break your heart) 
report Recommended by Luckpast
If you want more of the classical music that Shigatsu wa kimi no Uso had to offer you, Princess Tutu might be a good watch. The show isn't necessarily about the music, but all the music used in the background are all stellar classical pieces. As far as a magical girl anime goes, princess tutu isn't that concerned with being too cute, it is more about the cliche's you would find in fairy tales and ballets. 
report Recommended by okamikotori
Girls who appear in front of a guy with problems, with dreams of revive a drama club and other passion for music, even if they seem happy and fighters, but kept a great weakness, one illness. 
report Recommended by OtakuNote87
both features a 14 years old protagonist who lost their mother and poeple force him to do something which is out of reach 
report Recommended by ghoullovesharem
Both shows have a similar feel to them, and the characters in both shows have similar relationships.  
report Recommended by swirrlix
Both of these anime contain tragedy and music as a central theme. Agitated Screams of Maggots is noticeably darker in contrast to the light hearted Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, but they're both cut from the same cloth. Both are simply a must watch for music connoisseurs!  
report Recommended by Gholy
Shigatsu wa kimi no uso its similar to Chihayafuru not for his story, because both are very different, are similar for the personality of the main characters in the two animes. The main characters in both animes are constantly fighting to achieve his own dreams, in Chiyahayafuru and Shigatsu they fight for overcome obstacles and overcome their fears. Also, in the two animes we have the feeling of fresh youth and the passion of the main characters to fulfill their own dreams. In Chihayafuru the love of traditional Karuta game and in Shigatsu the love for classical music. 
report Recommended by Shizuku-Kuroneko
They both deal with many of the same themes; maturing, independence, parental relationships, and continuing through life's struggles; a classical soundtrack is used to great effect in both, so feels will be abound because of it. As well as the obvious sharing a black cat who is a pivotal part to both the story and main character.  
report Recommended by Jerkhov
They both, while executing it in very different ways, use the pretense of music for deep character development. They also have a similar style of comedy, although in comparison, The iDOLM@STER is a bit toned down. Also they give compelling stories that use music as a catalyst to give these characters meaning. 
report Recommended by TabSenpai
-Character Driven -Similar Characters -Happy Feel with some Heavy Symbolism -THE FEELS ARE REAL IN BOTH OF THESE 
report Recommended by TheGreatPinoy
Both anime have a calm atmosphere. They also have some moments that are funny. The openings are smooth and amazing. The main characters have a problem that prevents them from doing things (For Natsume, making friends and for Kousei, playing the piano). They both have a great cast of characters.  
report Recommended by gyuudons
If you love music and romance than this is your anime. They're both amazing in the fact that the music is good and the plot is amazing. If you love romance and school life than this is an anime you should watch. 
report Recommended by Deathscythe0125