News Sound! Euphonium TV Anime Adds 7 New Cast Members
posted on 2015-03-13 17:40 EDT by Karen Ressler
Kenjiro Tsuda as Takuya Kudō
A tall, serious second year who doesn't talk much.
Miyuki Kobori as Riko Nagase
A second year who offers guidance to Hazuki.
Konomi Fujimura as Natsuki Nakagawa
A second year who rarely works hard at club activities.
Yuri Yamaoka as Yūko Yoshikawa
A second year who adores her upperclassman Kaori.
Yōko Hikasa as Aoi Saitō
Instrument: Tenor Saxophone
A third year who's an old acquaintance of Kumiko. She also goes to cram school to prepare for tests.
Manami Numakura as Mamiko Ōmae
Kumiko's older sister and a third year in college. An experienced trombone player.
Aya Hisakawa as Michie Matsumoto
The assistant adviser for the Kitauji music club. The students call her "ogre sergeant."
Tomoyo Kurosawa as Kumiko Ōmae
Ayaka Asai as Hazuki Katō
Moe Toyota Sapphire Kawashima
Chika Anzai as Reina Kōsaka
Minako Kotobuki as Asuka Tanaka
Saori Hayami as Haruka Ogasawara
Minori Chihara as Kaori Nakaseko
Haruki Ishiya as Shūichi Takamoto
Takahiro Sakurai as Noboru Taki
TRUE will provide the opening theme song, titled "DREAM SOLISTER," while Tomoyo Kurosawa, Ayaka Asai, Moe Toyota, Chika Anzai (as their characters) will sing the ending theme song, titled "Tutti." "DREAM SOLISTER" and "Tutti" will go on sale on April 22 and May 13, respectively.
There will be a kickoff event for the anime which will be held in AnimeJapan 2015 on March 21, and the four main cast members (Tomoyo Kurosawa, Ayaka Asai, Moe Toyota, Chika Anzai), Saori Hayami, Minori Chihara, and Takahiro Sakurai will make an appearance.
The anime adapts Ayano Takeda's Hibike! Euphonium: Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-Bu e Yōkoso (Sound! Euphonium Welcome to Kitauji High School's Musical Instrument Club) novel. The original novel's story follows the Kitauji Music club, which used to always advance to national competitions. Ever since the adviser changed, though, it has not advanced past the Kansai tournament. However, thanks to the newly appointed adviser's strict instruction, the students are steadily improving. The club members' daily lives are full of ups and downs including fights over solos and the decision to resign club activities to focus on studies.
The anime begins when Kumiko Ōmae, a girl who was in the brass band club in junior high school, visits her high school's brass band club as a first year. Kumiko's classmates Hazuki and Sapphire decide to join the club, but Kumiko sees her old classmate Reina there and hesitates. She remembers an incident she had with Reina at a brass band club contest in junior high school...
Tatsuya Ishihara is directing the anime, and Jukki Hanada is in charge of the series scripts. Shoko Ikeda is designing the characters, and Naoko Yamada is the series technical director. Mutsuo Shinohara is the art director, and Akiyo Takeda is color key artist. Hiroyuki Takahashi is in charge of the musical instrument designs, and Kazuya Takao is the director of photography. Yota Tsuruoka is directing the sound, and Akito Matsuda is composing the music. Kyoto Animation, Pony Canyon, Lantis, and Rakuonsya make up the Hibike! Production Committee.