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Kaori Miyazono
Kaori Miyazono
宮園 かをり
Miyazono Kaori
Statistics
 Gender Female
 Birthday July 4
 Age 14
 Status Deceased
 Family Yoshiyuki Miyazono (father)
Ryouko Miyazono (mother)
Grandparents
 Occupation Flutist
Student
Portrayal
 Japanese Voice Risa Taneda
 English Voice Erica Lindbeck
Debut
 Manga Chapter 1
 Anime Episode 1

Kaori Miyazono was one of the main characters of Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso. She was a flutist who helped Kousei Arima play the piano after his mother's death.

Appearance

Kaori's height was average for her age. Her body was noted as frail and seemed delicate. She had long, yellow hair and blue eyes. Following her hospitalization, Kaori's hair and skin color began to fade.

Personality

Kaori Miyazono was a free-spirited flutist whose playing style reflected her personality. She was often friendly and encouraging. Kaori had many interests, However one thing that remained constant after meeting Kousei when they were younger was her passion for the flute. Kaori liked to depend on herself and only herself and could be seen as more of a support for others. She always puts up a smile in front of others, regardless of how she feels, to avoid her friends worrying about her.


Ability

While considered a great flutist from a theoretical perspective often eschewing details of the score and its historical and traditional interpretations. One of the judges at Towa Hall, during the first competition of the series, noted that her abilities far exceed the others in the competition. She wielded a free-spirited style of performance that emphasized emotion and artistry over strict interpretation of the score and the composer's intent. Her music inspired Kousei to regain his passion for the piano and redefine himself as a musician.

Biography

Background

When Kaori was five years old, her class went to see a music recital, there, she first saw Kousei. From the moment he touched the keys and started playing, she was immediately inspired by the spirit in his music. Kaori was always a physically weak child and underwent many surgeries but her hospitalisations became more frequent and prolonged.

One night, she saw her mother crying in the hospital lobby as she discovered Kaori didn't have long to live, and shortly after she realized it as well.

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

Kaori's parents own a bakery shop that further develops her happy-go-lucky, free-spirited personality. Kaori loved children and was often seen interacting with kids.

Kaori was hiding her illness from Kousei's group. The first evidence of this illness was her collapse prior to her first performance with Kousei. At the time, she claimed to be anemic. However, there were many suggestions of more severe health concerns: she was shown, for instance, with a large pile of medication during Kousei's competition, and was unable to participate in her callback round with Kousei during her prolonged hospitalization. It is later revealed that she was unable to perform with Kousei after she fell and hit her head at home. When Kousei heard from Tsubaki about Kaori's hospitalization, he rushed to visit her.

It later became obvious that her health is deteriorating rapidly, and she could no longer hide her illness from her friends. Her illness began causing bouts of paralysis in her legs, she is shown suddenly falling to the ground while walking down the hallway in the hospital, unable to stand up again.

As Kaori's surgery approached, she wrote a farewell letter to Kousei. On 18 February, the day of Kousei's piano competition, Kaori underwent surgery, but despite the doctors' efforts, she passed away. At her funeral, her letter was given to Kousei.

Relationships

Kousei Arima

In high school, she managed to meet Kousei. After getting to know each other, they both realised that, as musicians, they had a lot in common. Kaori first discovered that Kousei became tone-deaf when she asked him to play in a cafe and noticed him struggling with it. She then demanded Kousei to be her accompanist. Although reluctant at first, Kousei finally accepted when Kaori begged him to support her in the 'moment that she's about to lose heart.' Their relationship gradually strengthened and they start spending more and more time together, especially in the music room. Kousei found himself falling in love with Kaori, but held back because he knew Watari was interested in her.

At the end of the series, after Kaori's death, it is revealed that she had a crush on Kousei since they had been young, and that she had lied about her crush on Watari just so she could be near Kousei, also to make him jealous.

Ryota Watari

Watari is Kaori's supposed love interest throughout the series. Both of them are very close friends and tend to act lovey-dovey around each other. It is later revealed that she had faked interest in Watari just to get close to Kousei. Watari was immediately infatuated with Kaori's appearance when he first met her, but still remained a ladies' man, chasing after other girls at school. Nonetheless, he is shown to care for her and visits her frequently when she is in hospital, bringing gifts and making her laugh. In Kaori's letter to Kousei, she claims that Watari was an amazing friend but will probably forget all about her; however, it is visually suggested that he really did like her.

Tsubaki Sawabe

Both Kaori and Tsubaki can be seen traveling home together throughout the series, and they are shown to be good friends. Kaori asked her to introduce her to Watari thus, Tsubaki ultimately gave her the opportunity to meet Kousei. Kaori tried to meet Kousei in such a roundabout manner because she knew that Tsubaki would not respond well if she directly asked to be introduced; in her letter to Kousei, she mentioned that she knew Tsubaki was in love with Kousei from the very beginning. Tsubaki liked Kaori as a friend, but realized her own feelings for Kousei after she noticed Kaori and Kousei's relationship developing.

References

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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