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Sound! Euphonium: Oath's Finale Film's 4 Videos Highlight Characters

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 four new promotional videos for Gekijōban Hibike! Euphonium: Chikai no Finale (Sound! Euphonium: Oath's Finale), the second of two new films in the franchise, last week. The videos center on various members of the Kitauji High School concert band.

The first video centers on Kanade Hisaishi, a new first-year euphonium player who has a secret side to her always-polite demeanor.

The second video centers on Reina Kōsaka, a trumpet player and central character from the previous anime installments, who holds high ambitions, and shares a special relationship with protagonist Kumiko Ōmae.

The third video shows the band's various activities in rehearsals and marching practice.

The fourth video teases the development of the relationship between Kumiko and her childhood friend and neighbor Shūichi Tsukamoto.

The movie opened in Japan on April 19, and it earned 93,022,800 yen (about US$831,500) from Friday to Sunday to rank at #5 in its opening weekend. U.S. theater chain AMC and ticketing service Fandango are listing a July 11 screening for the film. Additionally, theater chain Emagine is listing similar screenings for July 11 that have English subtitles, but also lists July 15 screenings with an English dub.

The film features a returning cast and staff. 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, and Shochiku is distributing the film in Japan. The Senzoku Gakuen College of Music's Freshman Wind Ensemble also returned for music production cooperation and musical performance.

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 in April 2018. Eleven Arts screened the film in Japanese with English subtitles and an English dub in the United States last November.

Source: Sound! Euphonium anime's official website

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