Like The Fault in Our Stars? Watch Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai (I Want to Eat Your Pancreas)!
- Episodes: 1 (Movie)
- Aired: September 1, 2018
Shiga may often be described as a silent and brooding type who does not show any need for friendship nor makes any effort to seek it out. Yet one fateful day while at the hospital he came across a journal titled “Living with Dying” and friendship found him in the form of the journal’s owner, Sakura Yamauchi. Surprised by her bubbly presence in the face of a terminal prognosis, he is swept into a friendship that will push both of them out of their comfort zone.
Major Similarities Between The Fault in Our Stars and Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai (I Want to Eat Your Pancreas)
1. Processing Grief
Perhaps the most striking of the similarities between these two films is the theme of dealing with the loss of a friend or loved one. As we soon discover at the beginning of this film, we see Shiga having to deal with the sudden passing of Sakura. This is akin to how Hazel had to deal with the death of Augustus at the end of The Fault in Our Stars. The way in which they each process grief is very different and personable to the characters involved but it ties these two films together for it.
2. Connecting Through a Book
In The Fault in Our Stars, Hazel and Augustus bond over Hazel’s favorite book, An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houton. In a similar regard, both Shiga and Sakura connect with one another through Sakura’s personal journal “Living with Dying” which Shiga discovered at the hospital. While one is a fictitious book and the other is a personal journal, the underlying message of loss in both books, connects these two individuals.
Liked The Fault in Our Stars? Watch Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie In April)!
- Episodes: 22
- Aired: October 2014 – March 2015
When he was younger, Kousei Arima played piano competitively. While he was regarded as a prodigy by many, others compared his style to that of a robot who perfectly reproduces a work. When his mother died suddenly, he found himself unable to play the piano as he could no longer hear the notes he was performing. Even years later, nothing seemed to have changed. His playing has not improved and his hopes for change has withered until he meets Kaori Miyazono; a bright violinist who may shine a light on Kousei’s music and bring colour to his perspective on living.
Major Similarities Between The Fault in Our Stars and Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April)
1. Living with an Illness
Illness plays an incredibly large role in driving the story for The Fault in Our Stars as it also does for Your Lie in April. Throughout the core storytelling of Kousei and Kaori’s growing friendship, there is an underlying presence of an illness that Kaori is tackling that helps to propel the story forward and develop the character of Kaori more by fleshing her out as well as the world around her more.
2. Relationship Growth
While pacing, in regards to relationship growth, is going to be different for a romance anime that is 22 episodes-long compared to a single movie, both The Fault in Our Stars and Your Lie in April share a bright and honest look at the blooming of a connection and relationship between two protagonists bonding in the face of mutual struggles. For Kousei, it is his inability to hear the piano and for Kaori, it is her illness. United through mutual friends, Kousei and Kaori develop a unique friendship that helps to propel them both forward towards facing their demons in a somewhat similar light to Hazel and Augustus.