The Journey
English The Journey
Kanji 旅立ち
Romaji Tabidachi
Episode info
Air Date October 30, 2014
Episode #4
Chapter(s) Chapter 05: Sea of Darkness
Chapter 06: The Figure Behind Me
Opening Hikaru Nara
Ending Kirameki
Insert Song Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso (Camille Saint-Saëns)
Episode chronology
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Inside Spring Gray Skies
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"The Journey" (旅立ち Tabidachi?) is the fourth episode of the Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso anime adaptation. It first aired in Japan on October 30, 2014.


It's the day of the second round of the preliminaries. Kaori and Kousei await their turn in the hallway of the venue. Noticing that Kousei is a bundle of nerves, Kaori head-butts him. Looking Kousei in the eye, she encourages him by saying, "I know you can do it." And their musical journey, with no clear destination, begins. Although they start off quietly, just as the melody changes, Kaori unleashes her true colors... She starts playing the violin with her whole body. In order to keep pace with her, Kousei plays precisely, never hitting a false note. But the more Kousei focuses on their music, the more the notes disappear, and the less he is able to hear the sound of the piano... Eventually, his accompaniment spins out of control, and he abruptly stops playing. Then Kaori stops playing as well. Smiling, the young girl whispers to him, "Again..."


Saki orders Kousei to play the music according to how the composer intended, and how it’s written on the score. Competition-goers comment about his mother’s abuse towards him, and compare him to a machine.

Kaori, Kousei, Tsubaki and Watari arrive at Towa Hall, as Kousei goes over the piece as much as he can, just before the performance.

Major eventsEdit

  • Kousei is Kaori’s accompanist in the competition.
  • Kaori and Kousei perform together for the first and last time.

Music playedEdit

  • Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28 by Camille Saint-Saëns



”Listen, Kousei, I want you to study the sheet music over, and over, and play it again, and again, and again. That’s how you’re going to perfect it. Just what the score calls for, and just as the composer intended, perfectly and precisely.” Saki Arima

"This silence belongs to us and these people are waiting for us to fill it with something." Kousei Arima

"The robot and the freespirit." Judge

"It's dark and we can't see where the road leads, so trust in me and take another step. The stars will light our path however faintly... I know they will." Kaori Miyazono

"With every punch they throw, the audience hungers for more of it." Judge



“Listen, Kousei, I want you to study the sheet music over, and over, and play it again, and again, and again.”


Kousei falls off the bicycle


Kousei rehearses the piece, just minutes before they start


“Look up and look at me. You’re always looking down.”


Saki Arima "The piano is you. If you touch it gently, it will smile. If you touch it with force, it will become enraged"
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