Light of Life
English Light of Life
Kanji 命の灯
Romaji Inochi no Akari
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Episode 11
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Ending Kirameki
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"Light of Life" (命の灯 Inochi no Akari?) is the 11th episode of the Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso anime adaptation. It first aired in Japan on December 18th, 2014.


Kousei’s performance ends. When he returns to the waiting room at the competition venue, his late mother’s friend, Hiroko Seto is there. Hiroko, Japan’s leading pianist, has picked up on the emotion in Kousei’s playing. “The piano will drag everything out of its performer.” Kousei is perplexed by her words. Finally, the results of the competition are posted, but Takeshi and Emi, seeing the strangely cheerful look on Kousei’s face, are struck by how he’s changed and matured.

Plot Edit

Major events Edit

  • Kousei reunites with Hiroko and Koharu.
  • Hiroko becomes Kousei’s mentor.
  • Kaori is invited to perform at a gala day concert.

Music Used Edit

  • 18:40 - 21:15 "My Truth" Rondo Capriciosso by ENA



When Kaori and Kousei were in a field with fireflies, Kaori went on to ask Kousei what he had in his heart, his motivation to play even after he stopped. Kousei then says, “I had you.” Kaori then gave him a longing stare.

Then, shortly after, Kaori quotes Charlie Brown from the Peanuts, saying “You know, I’m not always going to be around to help you.” (Kousei wasn’t present when she said this.)


  • When Kaori was holding the firefly, she said “It’s so weak, but it’s shining with all its might.” Many believe she is referring to herself, because she was strong willed, but was fighting an illness.
  • The song used in the firefly scene ("My Truth" as listed above) has two different versions. One being by ENA (the version used in the episode) and one by Risa Taneda, who is Kaori's voice actress.
  • The episode gets its name from Kaori’s quote in the episode, “This is the light of life.”, where she references the firefly’s persistence, and its ability to shine.



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