Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, Orange Recommendations
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,
These works try to overcome the weaknesses, even if by the actions of another person. Both have a girl who wants to help a boy with his repressed feelings, which are due to his mother, so he can feel good about himself and get happiness. In addition, you show real feelings, the inner struggle to achieve dreams, how friendship can overcome any barrier, that what we thought impossible to do, becomes only excuses not wanting to try.
These to are the best to tear jerking anime's around and are a must watch even if you don't like romance anime's.
Both of these animes convey beautiful messages about love, fear, and mental health issues. The animation in both Your Lie in April and in Orange is beautiful and helps to convey the overall messages using symbolism and beautiful scenery.
The themes and issues discussed in the anime are similar.
Want something similar but maybe not as sad? Orange's animation style as well as the established mood is quite similar to, but maybe a bit lighter than Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso. Both are bittersweet, highschool-romance stories. On top of Orange not evoking as strong emotional response as Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, it's also shorter (13ep rather than 22) so the feelings you'll experience are more manageable. A great diminuendo when having finished Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso.