After swearing off music due to an incident at the middle school regional brass band competition, euphonist Kumiko Oumae enters high school hoping for a fresh start. As fate would have it, she ends up being surrounded by people with an interest in the high school brass band. Kumiko finds the motivation she needs to make music once more with the help of her bandmates, some of whom are new like novice tubist Hazuki Katou; veteran contrabassist Sapphire Kawashima; and band vice president and fellow euphonist Asuka Tanaka. Others are old friends, like Kumiko’s childhood friend and hornist-turned-trombonist Shuuichi Tsukamoto, and trumpeter and bandmate from middle school, Reina Kousaka.
However, in the band itself, chaos reigns supreme. Despite their intention to qualify for the national band competition, as they currently are, just competing in the local festival will be a challenge—unless the new band advisor Noboru Taki does something about it.
From the studio that animated Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu, Kyoto Animation’s Hibike! Euphonium is a fresh and musical take on the slice-of-life staple that is the high school student’s struggle to deal with their past, find romance, and realize their dreams and aspirations. – My Anime List
Based on 11 review scores:
Bursting with excellence in every aspect and whose only flaw is that one among its cast is just not quite as interesting as the rest, Sound! Euphonium is a truly brilliant high-school drama deserving of a spot on just about any anime fan’s shelf.
This show really is worth watching and giving a shot. The characters are likable, the music is really good, and it just tells a nice story. The only real downside is what some might feel as there being ship-teasing, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing so long as it works in the story and I think it does here. This is easily one of my favorites of the Spring Season and it will be missed.
Amazing. Band geeks rejoice.
Josei Next Door
Euphonium is on its A-game from pretty much there to the end, rarely skipping a beat as it propels its story, characters, and adolescent themes through conflicts, confessions, and eventually the competition itself, an extended performance that dominates the final episode and leads the story to its conclusion.
It’s not bad by any means, but there isn’t really anything worth watching. Nothing happens, nothing happens, The End. Maybe if you were in high school band you might get a nostalgia trip out of it, but the music isn’t interesting enough for a music lover (which I am) and the plot is pretty dull. Slice of life is fine and all, but show me a slice of the life of someone interesting. As it stands, Hibike Euphonium gives me the same sort of feeling as Farming Simulator 2015, so I don’t really feel like recommending it.
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Many people believe KyoAni has fallen from grace, and whether or not that is true can be debated, but shows like Sound! Euphonium prove that KyoAni is still capable of creating works of art, and illustrate why some people have come to see this studio as one of the most capable out there. I only look forward to see what the studio has in store after bringing us a masterpiece like Sound! Euphonium.
Anime News Network
From the studio that animated Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu, Kyoto Animation’s Hibike! Euphonium is a fresh and musical take on the slice-of-life staple that is the high school student’s struggle to deal with their past, find romance, excel at school, and realize their dreams and aspirations.
A series of stunning visual detail accompanying smart characterisation and story-telling so far marks this out as a show to watch for the spring.
Finale is stunning and tense, best anime finale I’ve seen!