Sound! Euphonium Anime Gets 2 New Films in 2018
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The staff of Kyoto Animation's Sound! Euphonium franchise announced at the "Hi-Bike! Euphonium 2 Special Talk Event 1- 2-nensei Gōdō! Uji de Omatsuri Festival!" event in Uji, Kyoto on Sunday that the franchise will get two all-new films next year. One of the films will tell a new story of Nozomi Kasaki and Mizore Yoroizuka, and the other film will tell the story of Kumiko Ōmae and others as second-year students.
Naoko Yamada (K-ON!, A Silent Voice) is directing the film about Nozomi and Mizore. Tatsuya Ishihara (both seasons of Sound! Euphonium) is directing the movie about Kumiko as a second-year student.
The above video also reveals that the second season's anime flashback film will open in Japan on September 30. Ishihara is serving as chief director, and Taichi Ogawa (unit director for Tamako Love Story, A Silent Voice) is directing the film. The film is titled Gekijō-ban Hibike! Euphonium: Todoketai Melody.
The story of Ayano Takeda's original 2013 novel and the first Sound! Euphonium television anime 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) short story collection in June 2015. Takeda released the two-part novel spinoff Rikka Kōkō Marching Band e Yōkoso! (Welcome to the Rikka High School Marching Band) in August and September, focusing on the character Azusa Sasaki and Rikka High School (based on the real-life nationally renowned Tachibana High School Marching Band).
Yen Press announced in November that it will release the first novel in English.
The first 13-episode television anime series premiered in April 2015. The anime inspired the Gekijō-ban Hibike! Euphonium: Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-Bu e Yōkoso "flashback" film in April 2016. The 13-episode Sound! Euphonium 2 sequel series premiered in October.
Crunchyroll streamed both seasons of the anime, as well as the OVA that was bundled with the seventh Blu-ray Disc volume of the first anime series. Ponycan USA released the first season on home video.
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