Sound! Euphonium / Hibike! Euphonium
Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans and Breanne Evans
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Music, School, Brass Band
First Aired: Spring 2015, 13 episodes
Summary: Oumae Kumiko is a seemingly-normal high school girl with no ambition. She decides to change herself so she is more memorable than she was in junior high. Kumiko becomes friends with Hazuki and Sapphire from her class. She finds herself checking out the brass band club with her new friends even though she had decided against it. She identifies one of her brass band classmates from junior high in the club room, Kousaka Reina, a girl she had an incident with at last year’s brass band club competition.
Sound Euphonium provides a healthy mixture of drama and comedy in this anime that shows the highs and lows of high school band. Some episodes are fun and easy-going while others have a serious tone with sadness and hurt feelings. The ups and downs provide a sense of realism. An example of this is with Noboru Taki, the music teacher. He is a nice guy at heart, but he cares about the band’s success so much that he will be brutally honest with them if they are not performing to their potential. If it will be better for the band, he is not afraid to replace members.
A fun aspect of the series is getting to know the band. It is a large group, but you become familiar with a good number of them. They all have their own unique personalities that are entertaining to watch. The series does a good job at making you acquainted with both the individual members and the band as a whole. You will find yourself cheering on the Kitauji High School Music Club and hoping they make it to nationals!
You might enjoy this if: You have a history in the band atmosphere or a curiosity of how bands function. If you enjoy musical anime, such as Your Lie in April, you will probably like Sound Euphonium.
You might not like it if: You hate brass instruments in all shapes and forms. Also, if you are looking for a series full of slapstick comedy, this may not be what you are searching for.
Note to the Viewer: Since the anime has such a strong emphasis on music, episodes 8 and 13 contain an alternate ending theme. Also, the wind music in the series was performed by the Freshman Wind Ensemble of the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music.
AMV – Prismatic Barrier by Xophilarus
(Warning, the AMV contains some minor spoilers. I figure if you haven’t seen the show, you don’t know what’s getting spoiled anyways, right?)