Sound! Euphonium: Chikai no Finale Film's Video Shows New Footage

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Film opened on April 19, ranked #5 in opening weekend

The official website for Kyoto Animation's Sound! Euphonium franchise began streaming a promotional video for Gekijōban Hibike! Euphonium: Chikai no Finale (Sound! Euphonium The Movie: Oath's Finale), the second of two planned new films in the franchise, on Wednesday. The video features more footage from the film, and features excerpts from the first and fourth movements of the "Liz and the Blue Bird" piece, the in-story piece that featured prominently in the previous Liz and the Blue Bird film.

The movie opened in Japan on April 19. It earned 93,022,800 yen (about US$831,500) from Friday to Sunday to rank at #5 in its opening weekend.

The cast members new to the film include:

Sora Amamiya as Kanade Hisaishi (first year, euphonium)

Ayaka Nanase as Mirei Suzuki (first year, tuba)

Misaki Kuno as Satsuki Suzuki (first year, tuba)

Shimba Tsuchiya as Motomu Tsukinaga (first year, double bass)

The series' cast — including Tomoyo Kurosawa, Ayaka Asai, Moe Toyota, Chika Anzai, Haruki Ishiya, Konomi Fujimura, Yuri Yamaoka, Kenjiro Tsuda, Miyuki Kobori, Minako Kotobuki, and Takahiro Sakurai — all returned as their characters Kumiko Ōmae, Hazuki Katō, Sapphire "Midori" Kawashima, Reina Kōsaka, Shūichi Tsukamoto, Natsuki Nakagawa, Yūko Yoshikawa, Takuya Gotō, Riko Nagase, Asuka Tanaka, and Noboru Taki.

Returning staff members include Mutsuo Shinohara (art director), Akiyo Takeda (color designer), Hiroyuki Takahashi (instrument designer), Kazuya Takao (director of photography), Yota Tsuruoka (sound director), and Masahiro Ōwada (music supervisor). The Senzoku Gakuen College of Music's Freshman Wind Ensemble also returned for music production cooperation and musical performance.

As previously announced, Tatsuya Ishihara returned from the series to direct the film, and main writer Jukki Hanada also returned to pen the script. Shoko Ikeda returned from the series as character designer, and Akito Matsuda returned as composer. Lantis is credited for music production. Shochiku is distributing the film.

In the film's story, Kumiko is now a second year and one of the senior players of the euphonium section. With new underclassmen joining the concert band, Kumiko will have to learn new things in order to deal with awkward and difficult underclassmen. She and third-year trumpeter Tomoe Kabe have been chosen to lead the new underclassmen members. Among the new members to Kumiko's bass section are euphonist Kanade Hisaishi, whose appearances are deceiving; tuba player Mirei Suzuki, who cannot adapt to her new environment; tuba player Satsuki Suzuki, who wants to get along with Mirei; and double bassist Motomu Tsukinaga, who cannot talk about himself. Between the Sunrise Festival, chair placement auditions, and the competition, a number of problems quickly begin to arise.

Liz and the Blue Bird (Liz to Aoitori), the first of the two new films, opened in Japan last April. Eleven Arts screened the film in Japanese with English subtitles and an English dub in the United States last November.

Sources: Sound! Euphonium anime's official website via Ota-Suke

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