Makoto Shinkai Praises Euphonium 2 Compilation Film
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Director and current anime golden child Makoto Shinkai has some kind words for Kyoto Animation's Gekijō-ban Hibike! Euphonium: Todoketai Melody, the second compilation film from the Sound! Euphonium anime series. Shinkai wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that the "script, picture, sound, color, composition, voice acting, and everything was wonderfully splendid."
He said this film was his first introduction to Sound Euphonium, but that regardless the story was not hard to understand and was "amazing." According to Shinkai, he couldn't tell that it was a re-edit of a television series and it works as a stand-alone film about adolescence.
劇場版ユーフォニアム、しかもテレビの再編集なんですね。マジかー、観ている間は気づきませんでした。自立した素敵な青春映画です。すごいなあ。上映前にスクリーンのフォトセッションがあって、おお!と思いました。笑 pic.twitter.com/DXssf9dD34— 新海誠 (@shinkaimakoto) October 5, 2017
Euphonium: Todoketai Melody opened in Japan on September 30. Ayano Takeda's original 2013 novel and the first Sound! Euphonium television anime's story follows the Kitauji High School Concert Band, which used to always advance to national competitions. Ever since the adviser changed, it has not advanced past the Kansai tournament. However, thanks to the newly appointed adviser's strict instruction, the students are steadily improving. The band members' daily lives are full of ups and downs including fights over solos and the decision to resign extracurricular activities to focus on studies.
Takeda followed up the original novel with the Hibike! Euphonium 2 Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-Bu no Ichiban Nagai Natsu (The Kitauji High School Concert Band's Longest Summer) novel in March 2015, then the Hibike! Euphonium 2 Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-Bu, Saidai no Kiki (The Kitauji High School Concert Band's Worst Disaster) novel in April 2015, and then the Hibike! Euphonium 2 Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-Bu no Himitsu no Hanashi (The Kitauji High School Concert Band's Secret Story) novel in June 2015. Takeda released the Rikka Kōkō Marching Band e Yōkoso! (Welcome to the Rikka High School Marching Band) spinoff novel in August, focusing on the character Azusa Sasaki and Rikka High School (based on the real-life nationally renowned Tachibana High School Marching Band).
Crunchyroll streamed the Sound! Euphonium 2 television anime worldwide excluding Asia.