|Other names||Free-spirit (by competition judge)
Kao-chan (by Tsubaki)
|Relatives||Yoshiyuki Miyazono (Father)|
Ryouko Miyazono (Mother)
Unnamed Paternal/Maternal Grandparents
|Japanese Voice||Risa Taneda|
|English Voice||Erica Lindbeck|
Kaori Miyazono (宮園 かをり) was one of the main characters of Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso. She was the only daughter of Yoshiyuki Miyazono and Ryouko Miyazono, and attended Sumiya Junior High School. Kaori was a violinist who helped Kousei Arima play the piano after his mother’s death.
Kaori was a very beautiful girl. She had long yellow hair to her mid back, and blue eyes. Her height is average for her age while her body is noted as frail and delicate. Following her hospitalization, Kaori's hair and skin color began to fade into a duller hue.
Kaori was a free-spirited violinist whose playing style reflects her personality. She is often friendly and encouraging. Kaori has many interests, however one thing that remained constant after meeting Kousei when they were younger was her passion for the flute. Kaori likes to depend on herself and only herself and can be seen as more of a support for others. She puts up a smile in front of others, regardless of how she feels, to avoid her friends worrying about her. It has also been shown in the special, Coda, a younger Kaori has been seen to change her appreciation of different thins. For instance, she wanted to learn the ballet but then started to learn the piano, before finally deciding to play the violin.
While considered a great violinist from a theoretical perspective, she often eschews details of the score and its historical and traditional interpretations. The judges noted that her abilities far exceed the others in the competition. She wields 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.
When Kaori was five years old, her class went to see a music recital, where she first saw Kousei. From the moment he touched the keys and started playing, she was immediately inspired by his music.
Kaori was physically weak and underwent many surgeries. Despite so, her hospitalizations became more frequent and prolonged, which lead to her often missing school and practice. One night, possibly eavesdropping or simply walking by, she observed her mother crying in the hospital lobby. She then discovered she didn't have much time remaining to live, and shortly after she realized it herself through the recurrent hospitalizations and developing weakness.
Shigatsu wa Kimi no UsoEdit
Kaori's parents owned a bakery shop that further developed her happy-go-lucky and free-spirited personality. Kaori loved children and was often seen interacting with children or acting childish. Because of this, Kousei assumed that she probably had a low mental age.
Kaori hid her illness from everyone else. This was first shown when she collapsed after 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 with 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 Sawabe 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. Also, she is shown suddenly falling to the ground while walking down the hallway in the hospital, unable to stand up again. During one of her hospital visitations, Kousei noticed that she had gotten paler and skinnier.
As Kaori's surgery date approached, she wrote a farewell letter to Kousei. On the day of Kousei's piano competition, Kaori underwent surgery. But despite the doctor's efforts, she died at the age of fourteen years old. At her funeral, her letter was given to Kousei by her parents.
Ever since she was a little girl, Kaori and her parents were fans of Kousei, and attended all of his performances. After seeing Kousei play the piano, she begged her parents for a flute, in hopes that maybe one day, she’d get Kousei to play the piano for her. Since then, Kaori had been an admirer of Kousei’s.
When she attended Sumiya Junior High School, Kaori found out that Kousei was also going there too. She wanted to speak to him, but because he was always surrounded by Tsubaki and Watari, she couldn’t. When she realised that she didn’t have much time to live, she decided to up her confidence, by playing the flute in an unconventional way, and wore contact lenses instead of glasses. Kaori first met Kousei in person at the park, when she lashed out on him, after he accidentally took a photo of her, when a gust of wind blew up her dress.
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 he stopped in the midway, she asked him to play the piano in the café. She then appointed 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 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, in Kaori's letter, 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. After her death, Kousei was depressed and accepted it. He continued to play the piano, due to her lasting impact on his life.
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 for 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 was a classmate of Kaori’s. 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. Both Kaori and Tsubaki can be seen traveling home together throughout their time together, and they are shown to be good friends. Tsubaki liked Kaori as a friend, but realized her own feelings for Kousei after she noticed Kaori and Kousei's relationship developing.
- Kaori is voiced by Rieke Werne in the German dub, and Greta Ruiz in the Spanish dub.
- In Kousei’s quote, “A single petal that drifted into my life”, the petal is a metaphor for Kaori, who appeared out of nowhere, and disappeared, due to how fragile she was.