Liz and the Blue Bird Film's Video Shows Music Recording

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Senzoku Gakuen College of Music records film's titular piece

The official website for Liz to Aoitori (Liz und ein Blauer Vogel or Liz and the Bluebird), the first of two planned all-new anime films in the Sound! Euphonium franchise, began streaming a behind-the-scenes video for the anime last Friday. The video shows the recording of the film's music, along with comments by director Naoko Yamada.

The video shows students from the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music recording the piece that appears in the film, the titular "Liz and the Blue Bird." The video highlights the oboe and flute duet, which forms an important part of the film's story.

The film will open in Japan on Saturday, April 21.

The film will tell a new story of third-year students Nozomi Kasaki and Mizore Yoroizuka.

Naoko Yamada (K-ON!, A Silent Voice) is directing the film off scripts by Reiko Yoshida (K-ON!, Yowamushi Pedal). Futoshi Nishiya (A Silent Voice, Free!, episode animation director for both television anime seasons), is returning to design the characters. Mutsuo Shinohara (A Silent Voice, Clannad) is returning as art director. Kensuke Ushio (A Silent Voice, Space Dandy) is composing the music.

Other staff members include:

  • Color Design: Naomi Ishida
  • Instrument Setting: Hiroyuki Takahashi
  • Director of Photography: Kazuya Takao
  • 3D Director: Tetsuo Umetsu
  • Sound Director: Yota Tsuruoka
  • Music Production: Lantis
  • Music Production Cooperation: Senzoku Gakuen College of Music
  • Music Supervision: Masahiro Ōwada

The second planned film will tell the story of Kumiko Ōmae and others as second-year students. Tatsuya Ishihara (both seasons of Sound! Euphonium) is directing that film.

The second flashback film in the franchise, Gekijō-ban Hibike! Euphonium: Todoketai Melody, opened in Japan last September. Tatsuya Ishihara (both seasons of Sound! Euphonium) served as chief director, and Taichi Ogawa (unit director for Tamako Love Story, A Silent Voice) directed the film. The film looks back on the events of the second season of the anime series.

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