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Anime Spotlight - Sound! Euphonium (Hibike! Euphonium)

by Anthony Foronda,

Broadcast Begins April 2015 (JST)

Key Staff

Director: Tatsuya Ishihara
(The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Air, Nichijou - My Ordinary Life ) )
Series Composition: Jukki Hanada
(The Girl Who Leapt Through Space, KanColle, Steins;Gate)
Character Design: Shoko Ikeda
( The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (movie))


Spring of 1st year in high school. Kumiko Oumae, who used to be in wind ensemble during junior high, decides to check out the wind ensemble together with her classmates Hazuki Kato and Sapphire Kawashima. There, Kumiko sees Reina Kousaka, who used to be a classmate. Hazuki and Sapphire seems to have made up their minds in joining the wind ensemble, but Kumiko can't seem to make up her mind. She kept remembering what had happened between her and Reina back at the wind ensemble contest back in junior high.

Irreplaceable things that people find through their times with the wind ensemble – this is a story of adolescence as girls seriously go against one another.


Kumiko Oumae
VA:Tomoyo Kurosawa
Height: 162cm
Birthday: August 21
Zodiac: Leo
Blood type: A
Instrument played: euphonium

Enters North Uji High School with a yearning to wear their sailor suit uniform. Not fixated on any particular instrument, but ends up continuing to play the euphonium in the high school wind ensemble. Easily influenced, and tends to immediately speak out what is on her mind. The one comment she made to Reina back during the junior high contest continues to bother her very much.

Hazuki Kato
VA:Ayaka Asai
Height: 155cm
Birthday: February 13
Zodiac: Aquarius
Blood type: A
Instrument played: tuba

Kumiko's classmate. Played tennis in junior high, so is a novice at musical instruments. Enters the wind ensemble with a fancy for trumpets, but ends up as part of the tuba section. Very active, bright, and cheerful, a natural mood-maker.

Sapphire Kawashima
VA:Moe Toyota
Height: 148cm
Birthday: November 3
Zodiac: Scorpio
Blood Type: B
Instrument played: string bass

Kumiko's classmate. Used to go to a renowned school for the well-to-do for junior high, and played string bass there. With wishes of continuing to play the instrument in a fun atmosphere, she joins the wind ensemble again for high school. Has a positive outlook, but worries often about her name.

Reina Kousaka
VA:Chika Anzai
Height: 158cm
Birthday: May 15
Zodiac: Taurus
Blood Type: O
Instrument played: trumpet

A girl from Kumiko's junior high. Affected by her father who is a professional musician, she has been playing a trumpet from a very young age. She continues to play the trumpet in high school wind ensemble. Very stoic and cool-headed.

Birthday: December 25
Zodiac: Capricorn
Blood type: AB
Instrument played: euphonium

3rd year in high school, and vice captain of the wind ensemble. Section leader for the bass sections. Like Kumiko, she plays the euphonium. Tends to toss the people around her in turmoil with unexpected words and actions. Her trademark accessory is her red-framed eyeglasses.

Haruka Ogasawara
VA:Saori Hayami
Birthday: October 28
Zodiac: Scorpio
Blood Type: O
Instrument played: baritone sax

3rd year in high school. Captain of the wind ensemble. Section leader of the saxophones. Plays the baritone sax. A kind-hearted individual who tries to unify the wind ensemble as the captain.

Kaori Nakaseko
VA:Minori Chihara
Birthday: September 3
Zodiac: Virgo
Blood Type: A
Instrument played: trumpet

3rd year high school student. Section leader of the trumpets. The adored girl of the wind ensemble who everyone loves.

Shuichi Tsukamoto
VA:Haruki Ishiya
Birthday: September 18
Zodiac: Virgo
Blood Type: A
Instrument played; trombone

1st year high school student. Childhood friend of Kumiko. Used to play the French horn in junior high, but switched to trombone in high school.

Noboru Taki
VA:Takahiro Sakurai
Birthday: August 23
Zodiac: Virgo
Blood Type: A

The music teacher that got newly assigned to North Uji High School. Becomes the new faculty advisor for the wind ensemble.


Kumiko Oumae
Tomoyo Kurosawa
Hazuki Kato
Ayaka Asai
Sapphire Kawashima
Moe Toyota
Reina Kousaka
Chika Anzai
Asuka Tanaka
Minako Kotobuki
Haruka Ogasawara
Saori Hayami
Kaori Nakaseko
Minori Chihara
Shuichi Tsukamoto
Haruki Ishiya
Noboru Taki
Takahiro Sakurai


Original story
Ayano Takeda (“Hibike! Euphonium – Kita Uji Koukou Suisou Gakubu e Youkoso” published by Takarajimasha Bunko)
Tatsuya Ishihara
Series Composition
Jukki Hanada
Character Design
Shoko Ikeda
Series Direction
Naoko Yamada
Art Director
Mutsuo Shinohara
Instrument Settings
Hiroyuki Takahashi
Color Coordinator
Akiyo Takeda
Filming Director
Kazuya Takao
Akito Matsuda
Sound Director
Yota Tsuruoka
Animation Production
Kyoto Animation
Hibike Partners (Kyoto Animation
Pony Canyon

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