Kono Oto Tomare! Sounds of Life

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Kono Oto Tomare! Sounds of Life
Kono Oto Tomare! volume 1 cover.jpg
Volume 1 cover
GenreMusic, slice of life
Written byAmyu
Published byShueisha
MagazineJump Square
Original runAugust 2012 – present
Anime television series
Directed byRyōma Mizuno
Written byAyumu Hisao
StudioPlatinum Vision
Licensed byFunimation
Original networkTokyo MX, BS11, Wowow
Original run April 6, 2019 – present
Episodes13 (List of episodes)
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Kono Oto Tomare! Sounds of Life[1] (この音とまれ!, "Stop at This Sound!"[2]) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Amyu. The series began publication in Shueisha's Jump Square magazine in August 2012, and has been compiled into 19 tankōbon volumes as of December 4, 2018. It has been reported that over 2.3 million copies of the manga have been sold. An anime television series adaptation by Platinum Vision premiered on April 2019.


The story focuses on the Koto club of the Tokise high school. Takezo Kurata, in his second year, is the only member left in the Koto club, after all the senior members have graduated. While he is trying his best to recruit more members into the club, Kudo Chika submits his application. But, since Kudo is known to be a delinquent, one who destroyed his own grandfather's koto shop, Takezō is apprehensive about him. Things change when he comes to know the truth. Also joining the club is the Koto prodigy, Satowa Hōzuki, who has her own agenda. More members join the club in time, holding their own reasons for joining. However, in the end, they all have the same goal - to play at the Koto Nationals competition.


Chika Kudo (久遠 愛)
Voiced by: Yūki Ono[3] (vomic), Yuma Uchida[4] (anime) (Japanese); Daman Mills (English)[5] (anime)
Kudo, fondly called by his first name by most of his friends, has a very childish personality. He is straight forward with his words, but doesn't clearly know how to express himself or understand others, since he hasn't had many friends, spending most of his younger years being a delinquent. He changes his attitude because of his grandfather, and develops an interest towards the Koto because of him. He likes to help out his friends, but becomes shy when they thank him.
Although he starts with basically no knowledge about the Koto, he is able to learn playing pretty quickly. He even has the ability to learn to play right after seeing someone else (for example, Satowa) playing it a few times. After learning that Satowa is a genius of a very high caliber, he makes reaching her level (as a rival) his goal. He later develops a crush on her but does not understand his own feelings, leading to him wondering why he feels the urge to touch or embrace her. He has an earnest and diligent attitude when playing the Koto and it seems to flow into his music too.
Chika currently stays with his aunt, Isaki. The one who understands him the most is his friend, Takaoka.
Takezo Kurata (倉田武蔵)
Voiced by: Ryota Osaka[3] (vomic), Junya Enoki[4] (anime) (Japanese); Alejandro Saab (English)[5] (anime)
The president of the Koto club; settling into the role since there are no other senior members left after all his seniors graduated. He is also relatively new to the Koto, and initially feels the pressure of being the president, but calms down once he knows that he has the help and support from all the other members of the club.
Initially, his personality was like that of a coward, and someone who lacked confidence, in no matter what he did. This changes later, and he becomes quite the dependable senior and president. Mostly, he has a serious personality, and approaches everything he does earnestly.
He has a crush on Kurusu, who reciprocates the feeling, even though they have not confessed to each other, being completely unaware of the other's feelings.
Satowa Hozuki (鳳月さとわ)
Voiced by: Atsumi Tanezaki[4] (Japanese); Amber Lee Connors (English)[5] (anime)
A prodigal Koto player. Initially, she shows off an stuck up attitude, but very easily settles down and becomes an integral part of the Koto club. Since, the other members have practically no professional knowledge of the Koto, she becomes somewhat of a teacher to them. This role is subdued after Doujima starts teaching her.
As a professional, player, Satowa can play almost any of the types of Koto easily. A hard worker by nature, she tries to understand the 'meaning' of the song to understand its nature, to play it better. Although she started teaching the other members of the club, she herself admits that teaching is not her thing. She sometimes becomes unable to teach/explain concepts because playing comes most naturally to her, and she finds explaining/correcting difficult.
When she started at Tokise, she was already estranged from her mother and the Hōzuki group. Estranged from her mother, who was losing herself under the stress of managing the Hōzuki group, Satowa tried to call out for her through her music. But this ended up in her excommunication from the group and abandonment from her mother. This breaks Satowa's heart. However, later, with everyone's support she is able to make amends with her mother after she watches her performance at the National Preliminaries. She is also officially reinstated as the heir of the Hōzuki group.
She later has a crush on Kudo, but tries hard not to show or acknowledge it.
Tetsuki Takaoka (高岡哲生)
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya[3][6] (Japanese); Robert McCollum (English)[5]
Kudo's friend from before the series started. He is good at studying, cooking and at fighting too. He is the one who understands Kudo the most. He also explained Kudo's situation to Takezō when he wanted to join the Koto club. Kudo hangs out at his place, even when he is feeling off, making him feed him. He also ends up being Kudo and his other friends' cram teacher when exams are due.
Mio Kanzaki (神崎 澪)
Voiced by: Shouta Aoi[6]
Saneyasu Adachi (足立 実康)
Voiced by: Haruki Ishiya[7] (Japanese); Austin Tindle (English)[5]
A former delinquent.
Michitaka Sakai (堺 通孝)
Voiced by: Makoto Furukawa[7] (Japanese); Anthony Bowling (English)[5]
A former delinquent.
Kouta Mizuhara (水原 光太)
Voiced by: Yūichi Iguchi[7]
A former delinquent.
Hiro Kurusu (来栖 妃呂)
Voiced by: Sara Matsumoto[7]
The Vice President of the Koto Club; She is a Second Year Student.
Suzuka Takinami (滝浪 涼香)
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa[7]
A math teacher at Tokise High and the Koto Club's advisor. Initially he feigned ignorance of his musical background, though it's later revealed that his parents are world renowned musicians. As a child, he had no interest in playing music whatsoever other than listening to it. When he was seven, his father discovered his talent for writing musical scores and quickly took upon him to brand his son as a child prodigy. Because of this, Suzuka began to disdain music but his interest is later revitalized after becoming the advisor for the Koto club. He often writes pieces for the club as well as gives practice advice, while leaving the actual koto teaching to Akira.
Gen Kudo
Voiced by: Tetsuo Kanao[8] (Japanese); Charlie Campbell (English)[5]
Takeru Kurata
Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae[8] (Japanese); Ricco Fajardo (English)[5]
Voiced by: Ayaka Asai[8] (Japanese); Felecia Angelle (English)[5]
Isaki Kudo
Voiced by: Nana Mizuki[8]
Shizune Nishina
Voiced by: Masako Isobe (Japanese); Linda Leonard (English)[5]
Kazusa Ōtori
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura[9] (Japanese); Meg McClain (English)[10]
Ōsuke Kiryū
Voiced by: Junta Terashima[9] (Japanese); Matt Shipman (English)[11]
Sentarō Miya
Voiced by: Sōichirō Hoshi[12]
Haru Kasugai
Voiced by: Yoshitaka Yamaya[12]
Akira Dojima
The apparent heir to the Tetsuki Group, a multibillion dollar conglomerate. She became the heir after the death of her parents, causing her older brother to drop out of college and attempt to find a job in order to support her and their grandmother. In her childhood, her brother was a renowned koto player and inspiring Akira to pick it up. After her brother had also quit the koto, Akira was forced to get good and become the image to their group. For malicious reasons, she became Tokise High's koto instructor, but later officially took up the position after realizing the club's genuine intent to play the koto.



Volume List[edit]

No.Release date ISBN
1 2 November 2012[13]ISBN 978-4-08-870545-3
  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3
2 4 March 2013[14]ISBN 978-4-08-870639-9
  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 5
  • Chapter 6
  • Chapter 7
3 4 July 2013[15]ISBN 978-4-08-870775-4
  • Chapter 8
  • Chapter 9
  • Chapter 10
  • Chapter 11
4 1 November 2013[16]ISBN 978-4-08-870845-4
  • Chapter 12
  • Chapter 13
  • Chapter 14
  • Chapter 15
5 4 April 2014[17]ISBN 978-4-08-880034-9
  • Chapter 16
  • Chapter 17
  • Chapter 18
  • Chapter 19
6 4 July 2014[18]ISBN 978-4-08-880142-1
  • Chapter 20
  • Chapter 21
  • Chapter 22
  • Chapter 23
7 4 November 2014[19]ISBN 978-4-08-880142-1
  • Chapter 24
  • Chapter 25
  • Chapter 26
  • Chapter 27
8 4 March 2015[20]ISBN 978-4-08-880320-3
  • Chapter 28
  • Chapter 29
  • Chapter 30
  • Chapter 31
9 3 July 2015[21]ISBN 978-4-08-880431-6
  • Chapter 32
  • Chapter 33
  • Chapter 35
  • Chapter 35
10 4 November 2015[22]ISBN 978-4-08-880508-5
  • Chapter 36
  • Chapter 37
  • Chapter 38
  • Chapter 39
11 4 March 2016[23]ISBN 978-4-08-880636-5
  • Chapter 40
  • Chapter 41
  • Chapter 42
  • Chapter 43
12 4 July 2016[24]ISBN 978-4-08-880730-0
  • Chapter 44
  • Chapter 45
  • Chapter 46
  • Chapter 47
13 4 November 2016[25]ISBN 978-4-08-880813-0
  • Chapter 48
  • Chapter 49
  • Chapter 50
  • Chapter 51
14 3 March 2017[26]ISBN 978-4-08-881029-4
  • Chapter 52
  • Chapter 53
  • Chapter 54
  • Chapter 55
15 4 July 2017[27]ISBN 978-4-08-881126-0
  • Chapter 56
  • Chapter 57
  • Chapter 58
  • Chapter 59
16 4 December 2017[28]ISBN 978-4-08-881168-0
  • Chapter 60
  • Chapter 61
  • Chapter 62
  • Chapter 63
17 4 April 2018[29]ISBN 978-4-08-881389-9
  • Chapter 64
  • Chapter 65
  • Chapter 66
  • Chapter 67
18 3 August 2018[30]ISBN 978-4-08-881475-9
  • Chapter 68
  • Chapter 69
  • Chapter 70
19 4 December 2018[31]ISBN 978-4-08-881389-9
  • Chapter 71
  • Chapter 72
  • Chapter 73
  • Chapter 74
20 4 April 2019[32]ISBN 978-4-08-881810-8
  • Chapter 75
  • Chapter 76
  • Chapter 77


An anime television series adaptation has been announced, and it aired from April 6 to June 29, 2019 on Tokyo MX, BS11, and Wowow.[33][34] The series is animated by Platinum Vision and directed by Ryōma Mizuno, with Ayumu Hisao handling series composition, and Junko Yamanaka designing the characters.[4] It was announced that the series will be split-cour, with the second season airing in October 2019.[35] Shouta Aoi will perform the series' opening theme song "Tone", while Yuma Uchida will perform the series' ending theme song "Speechless".[36] Funimation has licensed the series, and will be producing the dub as it airs.[1]

Season 1[edit]

No. in series No. in season Title Original air date[37]
11"New Club Members"
Transcription: "Shinnyū buin" (Japanese: 新入部員)
April 6, 2019 (2019-04-06)
22"Having What It Takes"
Transcription: "Shikaku no Arika" (Japanese: 資格の在処)
April 13, 2019 (2019-04-13)
33"The Koto Club Reborn"
Transcription: "Shinsei sōkyokubu shidō" (Japanese: 新生箏曲部始動)
April 20, 2019 (2019-04-20)
44"The First Resounding Note"
Transcription: "Hajimete no Hibiki" (Japanese: 初めての響き)
April 27, 2019 (2019-04-27)
55"Let Our Sound Resound and Reach Them"
Transcription: "Hibiki todoke Bokura no oto" (Japanese: 響き届け 僕らの音)
May 4, 2019 (2019-05-04)
66"An Invisible Boundary"
Transcription: "Mienai kyōkaisen" (Japanese: 見えない境界線)
May 11, 2019 (2019-05-11)
77"Unknown Sounds"
Transcription: "Shirarezaru oto no ha" (Japanese: 知られざる音の葉)
May 18, 2019 (2019-05-18)
88"A Sign"
Transcription: "Michishirube" (Japanese: みちしるべ)
May 25, 2019 (2019-05-25)
99"A Piercing Sound"
Transcription: "Tsukisasaru gen no oto" (Japanese: 突き刺さる言の音)
June 1, 2019 (2019-06-01)
1010"Near Yet Far"
Transcription: "Chikakute tōi kyori" (Japanese: 近くて遠い距離)
June 8, 2019 (2019-06-08)
1111"The Sound We Are Searching For"
Transcription: "Sagashiteta oto" (Japanese: 探してた音)
June 15, 2019 (2019-06-15)
Transcription: "Raibaru" (Japanese: ライバル)
June 22, 2019 (2019-06-22)
Transcription: "Kuon" (Japanese: 久遠)
June 29, 2019 (2019-06-29)


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