It's rare when something like Charlotte comes along, and I feel a little lost for words on how I feel about an entire experience. I know I'm not alone here. What started off as a slice of life Angel Beats style, very briefly became School Days, before moving into Clannad, and finally settled into its own style for the ending episodes. I'd even argue there's a little Haruhi Suzumiya in here too at times. Universally, it's agreed that it was around episode 7 that things started to change, with the seeds planted beforehand. It was from here on that the biggest transition occurred, and we were left wondering what genre this actually fit into, and what angle it was aiming for.
I'll try to avoid spoilers as much as I can, but it's difficult to talk about what makes the Anime so great without going into at least a few spoilers. First off, let's talk about what Your Lie In April [YLIA] is broadly about. Arima Kosei used to play the piano as a child, but his Mother [who was unable to live up to her full potential, due to a terminal illness] placed unnaturally high levels of pressure and expectation on him to compete and do well with the instrument. Killing all the joy Kosei had watching his Mother play the piano as a child and enjoying playing it himself, he eventually forgot about the instrument and stopped playing all together. That was until he met Miyazono Kaori, a high-on-life blonde violinist who wishes for Kosei to play as her accompanist on stage.
IGTM is what I consider to be one of the finest examples of Documentary, done right. With the amount of awards and attention it's gotten, you'd be hard pushed to say I was wrong. Not only does it successfully manage to successfully document a series of events [which any decent documentary should be able to do as a minimum requirement] but it also successfully manages to capture the emotions and thoughts of the individuals focused on.
Officially speaking, I'm no Movie Critic. Maybe what I've just said sounds like a no-brainer, you're probably thinking: "Well of course it shows what happened and what the people were thinking, that's what Documentaries are all about, aren't they?" Well you'd be half right, most documentaries seem to only document things on a very superficial level, based on what the camera sees and that which takes place visually. Behind this however, are the emotions and thoughts of the individuals going through the experience; the real experience and substance of these events.