Cover of the first Sound! Euphonium novel
|Genre||Drama, Slice of life|
|Written by||Ayano Takeda|
|Illustrated by||Nikki Asada|
|Original run||December 5, 2013 – present|
|Written by||Ayano Takeda|
|Magazine||Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Web|
|Original run||November 28, 2014 – October 30, 2015|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Tatsuya Ishihara|
|Written by||Jukki Hanada|
|Music by||Akito Matsuda|
|Original network||Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS, TV Aichi, BS11, AT-X|
|Original run||April 8, 2015 – July 1, 2015|
|Episodes||13 + OVA|
|Sound! Euphonium: The Movie - Welcome to the Kitauji High School Concert Band|
|Directed by||Tatsuya Ishihara|
|Written by||Jukki Hanada|
|Music by||Akito Matsuda|
|Released||April 23, 2016|
|Anime television series|
|Sound! Euphonium 2|
|Directed by||Tatsuya Ishihara|
|Written by||Jukki Hanada|
|Music by||Akito Matsuda|
|Original network||Tokyo MX, tvk, TV Aichi, ABC, BS11, KBS, AT-X|
|Original run||October 6, 2016 – December 28, 2016|
|Sound! Euphonium: Todoketai Melody|
|Written by||Jukki Hanada|
|Music by||Akito Matsuda|
|Released||September 30, 2017|
|Liz and the Blue Bird|
|Directed by||Naoko Yamada|
|Written by||Reiko Yoshida|
|Released||April 21, 2018|
|Sound! Euphonium the Movie: Oath's Finale|
|Directed by||Tatsuya Ishihara|
|Written by||Jukki Hanada|
|Music by||Akito Matsuda|
|Released||April 19, 2019|
Sound! Euphonium (響け! ユーフォニアム Hibike! Yūfoniamu) is a Japanese novel series by Ayano Takeda. The story takes place in Uji, Kyoto, and focuses on the Kitauji High School Music Club, which is steadily improving thanks to the newly appointed adviser's strict instruction. A manga adaptation illustrated by Hami was serialized on the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Web website. Kyoto Animation produced two seasons of an anime television series adaptations in 2015 and 2016. An animated theatrical film titled Liz and the Blue Bird premiered in April 2018, focusing on two characters from Sound! Euphonium. Another film adaptation will premiere in April 2019.
The Kitauji High School Concert Band Club had at one time participated in national tournaments and was a championship-caliber school, but after the club's adviser changed, they had not been able to even participate in the qualifying tournament. However, thanks to the newly appointed adviser's strict instruction, the students are steadily improving and build up their strength. As they fight over who plays solos, some students give priority to studying and quit club activities. Finally, the long wished-for day of the competition arrives, and the club wins the qualifying tournament.
- Kumiko Oumae (黄前 久美子 Ōmae Kumiko)
- Voiced by: Tomoyo Kurosawa
- Kumiko, a first-year high school student, is the main protagonist of Sound! Euphonium. She speaks standard Japanese, despite growing up in Kansai. She is easily swayed by the opinions of others and is an indecisive person. She dislikes her personality because she cannot make her wishes known to others nor have the courage to interfere with social affairs. She is a euphonium player in the concert band. She lives near Byodoin Temple with her elder sister and parents.
- Reina Kousaka (高坂 麗奈 Kōsaka Reina)
- Voiced by: Chika Anzai (Japanese); Cristina Vee (Liz and the Blue Bird) (English)
- Reina is a beautiful trumpet player with long black hair. She was a member of the concert band club at the same junior high school as Kumiko. She is a dedicated trumpet player and goes to the music classroom even outside of club activities. Though she has a polite disposition, she is not viewed so well by others because she usually has a surly expression. She cherishes her trumpet, which was given to her by her parents when she was a junior high school student.
- Asuka Tanaka (田中 あすか Tanaka Asuka)
- Voiced by: Minako Kotobuki
- Asuka is a third-year student and vice president of concert band club. She plays the euphonium and leads the bass section. Whenever the club is marching, she leads the band as drum major. She is a natural beauty with glasses and has a playful personality. However in the second season, this is revealed to be mostly a facade to hide her true feelings from her classmates.
- Noboru Taki (滝 昇 Taki Noboru)
- Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese); Wayne Grayson (Liz and the Blue Bird) (English)
- Taki is the new music teacher in Kitauji High School and serves as the adviser to the concert band club. He is also in charge of Class 5 of the second-year students. He is polite and has a methodical personality. He emphasizes independence in his students, and to this end he pushes them to reach their goal of going to the national competition.
- Hazuki Katou (加藤 葉月 Katō Hazuki)
- Voiced by: Ayaka Asai (Japanese); Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld (Liz and the Blue Bird) (English)
- Hazuki is a friendly girl who talks innocently. She is Kumiko's classmate and is suntanned because she belonged to the tennis club when she was a junior high school student. She is a beginner at music. She admires the trumpet and joined the concert band club, but ended up playing the tuba, which she calls "Tubacabura" (a portmanteau of tuba and chupacabra). She is a bright, perky mood-maker, and the type of person who prefers standing out over supporting others.
- Sapphire Kawashima (川島 緑輝 Kawashima Safaia) / Midori (緑)
- Voiced by: Moe Toyota (Japanese); Cassandra Lee Morris (Liz and the Blue Bird) (English)
- Sapphire is a girl with soft hair and a delicate constitution. She is often timid due to her lack of self-confidence. She is embarrassed of her own name "Sapphire" (緑輝 Safaia, lit."green brilliancy") , so she tells people to call her "Midori". She is from a junior high school named Seijo (聖女) which has a competitive concert band club. She plays the upright bass, which she endearingly calls "George", and electric bass.
- Shuichi Tsukamoto (塚本 秀一 Tsukamoto Shūichi)
- Voiced by: Haruki Ishiya
- Shuichi is a first-year high school student. He is Kumiko's childhood friend, and the two went to the same junior high school. He and Kumiko are not classmates in high school because they are studying different courses. They previously had a falling out, due to Shuichi having made a snide remark about Kumiko when they were in their third year of junior high school. He was originally a French horn player, but he gets to play the trombone after winning a game of rock-paper-scissors.
- Chikao Takigawa (瀧川 ちかお Takigawa Chikao)
- A first-year student and Shuuichi's friend. He plays the tenor saxophone.
- Akiko Yoshizawa (吉沢 秋子 Yoshizawa Akiko)
- A first-year student who plays the trumpet.
- Lala Hitomi (瞳 ララ Hitomi Rara)
- A first-year student who plays the French horn.
- Hiyoko Ueda (植田 日和子 Ueda Hiyoko)
- A first-year student who plays the clarinet.
- Natsuki Nakagawa (中川 夏紀 Nakagawa Natsuki)
- Voiced by: Konomi Fujimura (Japanese); Sarah Anne Williams (Liz and the Blue Bird) (English)
- Natsuki is a second-year student who plays the euphonium. She is lazy and often is sleeping, however, she works hard when something motivates her.
- Yūko Yoshikawa (吉川 優子 Yoshikawa Yūko)
- Voiced by: Yuri Yamaoka (Japanese); Megan Harvey (Liz and the Blue Bird) (English)
- Yūko is a second-year student who plays the trumpet. She adores Kaori.
- Mizore Yoroizuka (鎧塚 みぞれ Yoroizuka Mizore)
- Voiced by: Atsumi Tanezaki (Japanese); Laurie Hymes (Liz and the Blue Bird) (English)
- Mizore is a quiet second-year student who plays the oboe. She was friends with Nozomi in middle school.
- Nozomi Kasaki (傘木 希美 Kasaki Nozomi)
- Voiced by: Nao Tōyama (Japanese); Stephanie Sheh (Liz and the Blue Bird) (English)
- Nozomi is a second-year student who plays the flute. She dropped out of band in her first year.
- Takuya Gotou (後藤 卓也 Gotō Takuya)
- Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda
- A second-year student who is a tall, calm, and taciturn youth. He plays the tuba and sousaphone.
- Riko Nagase (長瀬 梨子 Nagase Riko)
- Voiced by: Miyuki Kobori
- A second-year student and Takuya's girlfriend. She also plays the tuba and sousaphone.
- Haruka Ogasawara (小笠原 晴香 Ogasawara Haruka)
- Voiced by: Saori Hayami
- Haruka is a third-year student and president of the concert band club. She plays the baritone saxophone and leads the saxophone section. She is a strong-minded character, but has low self-esteem.
- Kaori Nakaseko (中世古 香織 Nakaseko Kaori)
- Voiced by: Minori Chihara
- Kaori is a third-year student. She has deep-black hair and a gentle character, making her quite popular in the concert band club. She plays the trumpet and is the section leader, in addition to being the club accountant.
- Aoi Saitou (斎藤 葵 Saitō Aoi)
- Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa
- Aoi is a childhood friend of Kumiko, and she is two years her senior. The two often played together, as they lived in the same neighborhood. She and Kumiko drifted apart in junior high school. They are reunited in the concert band club although they do not talk much. She plays the tenor saxophone.
- Hirone Torizuka (鳥塚 ヒロネ Torizuka Hirone)
- A third-year student who is the concertmaster and leader of the clarinet section.
- Kotoko Himegami (姫神 琴子 Himegami Kotoko)
- A third-year student who leads the flute and piccolo section.
- Juri Sawada (沢田 樹里 Sawada Juri)
- A third-year student who leads the horn section.
- Hideri Noguchi (野口 ヒデリ Noguchi Hideri)
- A third-year student who leads the trombone section.
- Narai Tanabe (田邊 名来 Tanabe Narai)
- A third-year student who leads the percussion section. He plays the snare drum and the drum kit. His nickname is "Knuckle".
- Raina Kitamura (喜多村 来南 Kitamura Raina)
- A third-year student who leads the bassoon and oboe section. She plays the bassoon.
- Shouko Hagiwara (萩原 笙子 Hagiwara Shōko)
- A third-year student who is the club's photographer. She plays the clarinet.
- Yoriko Souga (雑賀 頼子 Sōga Yoriko)
- A third-year student who is the club's music notes librarian. She plays the piccolo.
- Tsune Watanabe (渡辺 つね Watanabe Tsune)
- A third-year student who is the club's alumni coordinator. She plays the flute.
- Raimu Okamoto (岡本 来夢 Okamoto Raimu)
- A third-year student who plays the alto saxophone. Her lucky charm is written as "L.O."
- Hitoshi Usui (臼井 ひとし Usui Hitoshi)
- A third-year student who plays the bass clarinet.
- Michie Matsumoto (松本 美知恵 Matsumoto Michie)
- Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa
- Michie is Kumiko's homeroom teacher and is the vice-advisor of concert band club. She is known as an intimidating teacher.
- Mamiko Oumae (黄前 麻美子 Ōmae Mamiko)
- Voiced by: Manami Numakura
- Mamiko is Kumiko's older sister. She is a college student and was a trombone player.
- Akiko Oumae (黄前 明子 Ōmae Akiko)
- Voiced by: Haruhi Nanao
- Akiko is Kumiko and Mamiko's mother. Her name "Akiko" is not mentioned in the original novels.
- Akemi Tanaka (田中 明美 Tanaka Akemi)
- Voiced by: Kumiko Watanabe
- Akemi is Asuka's mother. She tried to make Asuka quit the concert band club.
- Azusa Sasaki (佐々木 梓 Sasaki Azusa)
- Voiced by: Azusa Tadokoro
- Azusa is Kumiko's friend and they went to the same junior high school. She admitted Rikka High School (立華高校 Rikka Kōkō) known for its marching band. She plays the trombone. She is the protagonist of the Rikka-centric spinoff novels.
- Kohaku Kawashima (川島 琥珀 Kawashima Kohaku)
- Voiced by: Haruka Chisuga
- Kohaku is Sapphire's little sister. She is an additional character for the anime television series and appears in the eighth episode. Her name "Kohaku" means "amber" in Japanese.
- Masahiro Hashimoto (橋本 真博 Hashimoto Masahiro)
- Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura (Japanese); Mike Pollock (Liz and the Blue Bird) (English)
- A percussion specialist and longtime friend of Noboru Taki's.
- Satomi Niiyama (新山 聡美 Niiyama Satomi)
- Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (Japanese); Ryan Bartley (Liz and the Blue Bird) (English)
- A woodwind specialist and longtime friend of Noboru Taki's.
- Masakazu Shindo (進藤 正和 Shindō Masakazu)
- Shindo is Asuka's father. Asuka's parents divorced when Asuka was 2 years old. He is a prominent euphonist, author of book Fun Euphonium (たのしい ユーフォニアム Tanoshī Yūfoniamu) for beginner euphonists. When Asuka was in the first grade, he gave her by mail her euphonium and note book of euphonium pieces titled Sound! Euphonium (響け! ユーフォニアム Hibike! Yūfoniamu).
Sound! Euphonium is a 319-page novel written by Ayano Takeda, and features cover art drawn by Nikki Asada. Takarajimasha published the novel on December 5, 2013. Two sequel novels were released on March 5 and April 4, 2015. In addition, a short story collection was released on May 25, 2015. In 2016, a spin-off novel was released in two volumes on August 4 and September 6. Another spin-off novel was released on October 6, 2016. A two-part sequel to the novels was released in August and October 2017; the story takes place in Kumiko's second year and Mizore's third year of high school.Yen Press has licensed the novel series in North America, with the first licensed volume released in June 2017.
|No.||Title||Original release||English release|
|1||Sound! Euphonium: Welcome to the Kitauji High School Concert Band[n 1]|
Hibike! Yūfoniamu: Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-bu e Yōkoso (響け! ユーフォニアム 北宇治高校吹奏楽部へようこそ)
|December 5, 2013 |
|June 20, 2017|
|2||Sound! Euphonium 2: The Hottest Summer of Kitauji High School's Wind Ensemble Club|
Hibike! Yūfoniamu 2: Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-bu no Ichiban Atsui Natsu (響け! ユーフォニアム2 北宇治高校吹奏楽部のいちばん熱い夏)
|March 5, 2015 |
|3||Sound! Euphonium 3: The Greatest Crisis of Kitauji High School's Wind Ensemble Club|
Hibike! Yūfoniamu 3: Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-bu, Saidai no Kiki (響け! ユーフォニアム3 北宇治高校吹奏楽部、最大の危機)
|April 4, 2015 |
|–||Sound! Euphonium: Secret Story of Kitauji High School's Wind Ensemble Club|
Hibike! Yūfoniamu: Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-bu no Himitsu no Hanashi (響け! ユーフォニアム 北宇治高校吹奏楽部のヒミツの話)
|May 25, 2015 |
|–||Sound! Euphonium Series: Welcome to the Rikka High School Marching Band (part 1)|
Hibike! Yūfoniam Shirīzu Rikka Kōkō Māchingu Bando e Yōkoso Zenpen (響け! ユーフォニアムシリーズ 立華高校マーチングバンドへようこそ 前編)
|August 4, 2016 |
|–||Sound! Euphonium Series: Welcome to the Rikka High School Marching Band (part 2)|
Hibike! Yūfoniam Shirīzu Rikka Kōkō Māchingu Bando e Yōkoso Kōhen (響け! ユーフォニアムシリーズ 立華高校マーチングバンドへようこそ 後編)
|September 6, 2016 |
|–||Sound! Euphonium Kitauji High School's Concert Band Diary|
Hibike! Yūfoniam Kitauji Kōkō no Suisōgaku-bu Nisshi (響け! ユーフォニアム 北宇治高校の吹奏楽部日誌)
|October 6, 2016 |
|–||Hibike! Yūfoniamu Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-bu, Haran no Dainigakushō Zenpen (響け! ユーフォニアム 北宇治高校吹奏楽部、波乱の第二楽章 前編)||August 26, 2017 |
|–||Hibike! Yūfoniamu Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-bu, Haran no Dainigakushō Kōhen (響け! ユーフォニアム 北宇治高校吹奏楽部、波乱の第二楽章 後編)||October 5, 2017 |
A manga adaptation of the first novel illustrated by Hami was serialized on the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Web website between November 28, 2014 and October 30, 2015. Takarajimasha published three tankōbon volumes between April 3 and November 20, 2015. A manga adaptation of the second novel followed, and the first volume was released on September 8, 2016; the second volume was released on October 11, 2016. A manga adaptation of the third novel followed; the first volume was released July 20, 2017, and the second volume on August 26, 2017.
A 13-episode anime television series adaptation of the first volume of the novel series, directed by Tatsuya Ishihara, written by Jukki Hanada, and produced by Kyoto Animation, aired in Japan between April 8 and July 1, 2015. The opening theme is "Dream Solister" by True, and the ending theme is "Tutti!" (トゥッティ!) by Tomoyo Kurosawa, Ayaka Asai, Moe Toyota, and Chika Anzai. The ending theme for episode 8 is a trumpet and euphonium duet version of "Ai o Mitsuketa Basho" (愛を見つけた場所, "The Place Where We Found Love") and the ending theme for episode 13 is a wind orchestra version of "Dream Solister". The anime is licensed by Ponycan USA in North America, and by Anime Limited in the United Kingdom. The seventh DVD/BD volume, released on December 16, 2015, bundled an original video animation (OVA) episode titled "Kakedasu Monaka" (かけだすモナカ, "Dash, Monaka"). Kyoto Animation produced an anime film retelling the events of the television series, which premiered on April 23, 2016.
A second season of the television series began airing on October 6, 2016. The opening theme is "Soundscape" (サウンドスケープ Saundosukēpu) by True, and the ending theme is "Vivace!" (ヴィヴァーチェ! Vu~ivu~āche!) by Kurosawa, Asai, Toyota, and Anzai. The ending theme for episode 9 is a euphonium solo version of "Sound! Euphonium" (響け! ユーフォニアム Hibike! Yūfoniamu) (uncredited) and the ending theme for episode 13 is an orchestra version of "Sound! Euphonium". A short anime, titled "Hanabi-taikai Kiss e Yōkoso" (花火大会キッスへようこそ！, "Welcome to the Fireworks Festival Kiss"), was bundled with the second season's first home video release volume, which was released on December 21, 2016. A second anime film retelling the events of the second season was released on September 30, 2017.
Two new animated films were scheduled for release in 2018. The first film directed by Naoko Yamada and written by Reiko Yoshida, titled Liz and the Blue Bird (リズと青い鳥 Liz to Aoi Tori), focuses on Nozomi and Mizore and premiered on April 21, 2018. Theatrical distributor Eleven Arts released the film in theaters on November 9, 2018 in the United States. Shout! Factory released it on home video on March 5, 2019. The second film, titled Gekijō-ban Hibike! Euphonium: Chikai no Finale (劇場版 響け！ユーフォニアム～誓いのフィナーレ～, lit. "Sound! Euphonium the Movie: Oath's Finale") and originally scheduled for release in 2018, is directed by Tatsuya Ishihara and focuses on Kumiko as a student in her second year. It will premiere on April 19, 2019.
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|1||"Welcome to High School"|
"Yōkoso Hai Sukūru" (ようこそハイスクール)
|April 8, 2015|
|Euphonium player Kumiko Oumae inadvertently creates a rift with trumpeter and fellow band member Reina Kousaka upon losing their final concert band competition in junior high. On the first day of high school, she befriends classmates Hazuki Katou and Sapphire "Midori" Kawashima. Midori, who used to play the double bass, suggests that the three go check out the Kitauji concert band club. As they are being greeted by club president Haruka Ogasawara and vice president Asuka Tanaka, Kumiko is shocked to meet Reina again as the latter goes to join the band. While struggling to come to terms with her earlier surprise meeting with Reina, Kumiko runs into childhood friend Shuichi Tsukamoto on the way home, who also tells her of his intentions to join. Though initially unsure, with encouragement from Midori and Hazuki (who has just bought a mouthpiece), Kumiko decides to finally join the band the next day.|
|2||"Nice to Meet You, Euphonium"|
"Yoroshiku Yūfoniamu" (よろしくユーフォニアム)
|April 15, 2015|
|Despite several attempts to break the ice, Kumiko remains unable to talk to Reina. After school, Haruka announces that it is time to assign instruments to the new club members. Due to the lack of contrabass players, Midori is automatically assigned the double bass given her previous experience playing at a prestigious school; similarly, Reina joins the trumpet section after an impressive performance to section leader Kaori Nakaseko. Hazuki selects the tuba after successfully fitting her mouthpiece to one. Kumiko, who wants to try a different instrument in high school, initially avoids the bass section; unfortunately, she is scouted by section leader Asuka after Aoi Saitou, an old friend of Kumiko, reveals that she has been playing euphonium since elementary school. The next day, the club meets their new advisor Noboru Taki, who asks the members to decide on their goal for the year. Though Kumiko is unsure of what she wants, the club overwhelmingly votes to work towards winning nationals in the upcoming concert band competition.|
|3||"The First Ensemble"|
"Hajimete Ansanburu" (はじめてアンサンブル)
|April 22, 2015|
|The band begins sectional practice as the new members select their instruments and are taught the basics. Hazuki decides to name her new tuba "Tubacabura" after seeing Midori name her bass "George". Mr. Taki instructs the band to let him know once they are good enough to perform in an ensemble; however, many sections neglect to take their practice seriously, preferring instead to focus on the upcoming Sunrise Festival, an important event that the concert band has traditionally performed at. Midori's question regarding the lack of second-year students is met with uncomfortable silences from the other upperclassmen in the section. The club's first performance as an ensemble goes poorly; Mr. Taki warns the club that unless they improve in a week, they should not even think about performing at SunFes, much less nationals. As dissent towards Mr. Taki grows in the club, practice is cancelled while the section leaders discuss what to do. Reina, frustrated at the turn of events, yells out at the top of her lungs after playing a trumpet solo outside school, much to Kumiko's surprise.|
"Utau yo Sorufēju" (うたうよソルフェージュ)
|April 29, 2015|
|Despite still having reservations about Mr. Taki, the club decides to practice for their second ensemble. Mr. Taki engages the club in a variety of drills: having them run around the school and play their instruments, engaging the students in breathing exercises, and finally working with each section individually. Kumiko and Hazuki overhear his strict treatment of the flute section, but is later surprised by his gentle demeanor while working with him in the bass section. On the way home, Kumiko again runs into Shuichi, who tells her that it is Mr. Taki's first time advising a concert band. Reina, overhearing them, adamantly defends Mr. Taki, much to the surprise of Kumiko and Shuichi. At school the next day, Kumiko awkwardly apologizes to Reina while also thanking her for having inspired her; she leaves in a hurry but expresses relief at finally being able to talk to Reina. On the day of the ensemble, the band's performance meets Mr. Taki's standards; he responds by affirming his commitment to the band's goals of performing in SunFes and making nationals.|
"Tadaima Fesutibaru" (ただいまフェスティバル)
|May 6, 2015|
|The band prepares for its upcoming performance at SunFes as uniforms are handed out and the students are drilled on how to march in unison. Natsuki Nakagawa, a second-year in the bass section, reveals to Kumiko and Hazuki that Haruka is only president because Asuka, despite her more outgoing personality, had passed up on it. The band now has confidence in Mr. Taki, even agreeing to extra practice time after school. Aoi leaves early however, telling Kumiko that she has cram school. On the way home, Kumiko is surprised to run into Reina. While trying to make small talk, Kumiko unintentionally expresses her doubt at their chances of making nationals, quickly taking it back. Afraid of offending Reina again, she is surprised to see her smile in response. On the day of the festival, Kumiko runs into an old friend from junior high who reveals that Reina actually turned down an invitation from Rikka, a prestigious school, to go to Kitauji. Despite having to go after Rikka, the band's performance earns them notice from the crowd.|
|6||"Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Tuba"|
"Kirakira Tuba" (きらきらチューバ)
|May 13, 2015|
|Mr. Taki reveals that he intends on holding auditions for the upcoming competition, much to everyone's surprise. There is consternation in the band at the prospect of seniors not being able to play, causing Kumiko to recall an unpleasant memory from junior high. Meanwhile, the band learns what pieces they will be performing for the audition, as even the normally laid-back Natsuki begins to practice. Asuka attempts to motivate Hazuki, who expresses doubt at being able to make the cut as a beginner. After trying different ways to help her, Kumiko realizes that Hazuki has never had the chance to play her tuba with others in ensemble. Together with Midori, the three play "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star", much to Hazuki's delight. As Hazuki is carrying her tuba home, she trips, but is fortuitously caught by Shuichi. Aoi, seeing Kumiko practicing with her euphonium, wishes her luck at the audition.|
"Naki Mushi Sakusofon" (なきむしサクソフォン)
|May 20, 2015|
|As practice continues for the upcoming audition, Aoi still insists on leaving early for cram school, causing Haruka to worry. During an ensemble, Aoi is singled out for her performance; when asked by Mr. Taki when she will be able to play the part, Aoi stuns the club by announcing her sudden decision to quit, citing conflict with her studies. Kumiko tries to run after Aoi, but is overtaken by Haruka. Aoi explains the real reason she quit: having been unable to convince the other members not to quit the previous year, she would not let herself go to nationals this year. Haruka blames herself for not being able to convince Aoi to stay and doubts her ability to lead the club, staying home from school the next day. Asuka temporarily takes charge, revealing her cold demeanor and uncompromising personality. After school, Kaori stops by Haruka's house to try to cheer her up, reminding her that she alone had the courage to take over leadership of the club, even when Asuka couldn't. The next day, Haruka returns to the applause of everyone in the club. During lunch, Hazuki suddenly asks Kumiko whether or not she is going out with Shuichi, leaving her stunned.|
"Omatsuri Toraianguru" (おまつりトライアングル)
|May 27, 2015|
|Kumiko vehemently denies being romantically involved with Shuichi, much to the relief of both Hazuki and Midori. On their way home from school, Shuichi asks a shocked Kumiko to go to the Agata Festival with him, to which she does not reply. During practice, Kumiko's attempts to ignore Shuichi fail when he misinterprets her actions as a signal to speak privately; Kumiko's attempt to deflect his invitation inadvertently causes her to ask Reina to go with her instead. With Kumiko's encouragement, Hazuki asks Shuichi to go with her. At the festival, Hazuki confesses her feelings but is rejected. Meanwhile, Reina invites Kumiko to hike with her to several shrines overlooking the city, avoiding the festival altogether. Reina divulges her interest in spending more time with Kumiko, stating that she finds Kumiko's true personality—nothing like the "nice girl" she presents herself as—attractive. Reina reveals that she has no interest in fitting in, but rather wants to be something special, which is why she plays the trumpet. The day ends with the two of them playing a piece from their middle school concert band repertoire atop the mountain, leading into the day of the auditions.|
"Onegai Ōdishon" (おねがいオーディション)
|June 3, 2015|
|Midori feels guilt over having pushed Hazuki into confessing, blaming herself for her friend's rejection. Asuka criticizes the noticeable drop in Midori's performance during practice, and declares bluntly that she has no interest in personal matters unrelated to band. Hazuki confronts Kumiko regarding the latter's feelings for Shuichi, but Kumiko continues to frantically deny having such feelings. At home, Kumiko's older sister reveals to her that Mr. Taki is actually the son of a famous music instructor. Meanwhile, Kaori expresses her desire to play the trumpet solo to Haruka, followed by a tense encounter with a practicing Reina. On the day of the auditions, Kumiko sees everyone practicing furiously, including Natsuki. She hesitates when she realizes that she is now competing against her bandmates, not wanting to deny someone a chance to play, but Reina encourages her, telling her she has to do her best. Kumiko's audition passes without incident, but as the results are later announced, the pain of failing to make the cut is clearly evident among the band members, with some bursting into tears; among those out are Natsuki and Hazuki. All eyes are on Reina as she is selected as the soloist over the crowd favorite Kaori, much to everyone's shock.|
"Massugu Toranpetto" (まっすぐトランペット)
|June 10, 2015|
|Despite not making the cut, Natsuki remains in surprisingly good spirits and expresses her wish to play again next year, much to Kumiko's relief. Upon discovering that Mr. Taki had known Reina prior to their meeting at Kitauji, Yuko Yoshikawa, a second-year trumpet player who idolizes Kaori, publicly accuses him of playing favorites in the auditions. Reina angrily rebukes her, defending Taki's honor and saying that she was chosen for the simple reason that she is the superior musician, which enrages Yuko. Natsuki and Kaori are ultimately forced to separate the two. Later, Reina confides to Kumiko that she chose Kitauji over other schools because of Mr. Taki and that she loves him, much to Kumiko's surprise. As the rumor that Mr. Taki held the auditions as a pretense to give Reina the solo begins to spread, the collective mood of the band begins to drop. In response, Mr. Taki announces that he will hold a second round of auditions for anyone who is interested in appealing the results of the first audition, with performances being judged by a vote from the band members. Kaori asks to redo the audition for the solo part, meaning Reina will have to redo her audition as well.|
|11||"Welcome Back, Audition"|
"Okaeri Ōdishon" (おかえりオーディション)
|June 17, 2015|
|After hearing Reina practice for the audition, Yuko is shocked at her playing ability, privately conceding to Kumiko that Reina is fit to play the solo. Meanwhile, Kaori attempts to gauge Asuka's opinion regarding her playing. Though Asuka remains evasive in her answers, Kaori decides that she would rather not know instead. The next day, Yuko confronts Reina and begs her to throw the audition for Kaori's sake, who, as a senior, will not have the chance to play again. Reina, defiant as ever, declares that Kaori's circumstances have nothing to do with her and leaves. Before the audition, Haruka goes to see Kaori when Asuka refuses to; likewise, Kumiko visits Reina, who questions whether or not she should give Kaori the solo, and reminds the latter that in order to become something special, she must win. At the audition, Kaori plays first, but as Reina finishes her performance, it is clear to the band that Reina is the better soloist. However, when asked to decide by Mr. Taki, nearly everyone abstains from voting; Yuko and Haruka vote for Kaori, while Kumiko and Hazuki vote for Reina. Faced with a tie, Mr. Taki asks Kaori if she is willing to play the solo, but, having heard Reina's performance, Kaori declines.|
"Watashi no Yūfoniamu" (わたしのユーフォニアム)
|June 24, 2015|
|Mr. Taki asks the euphoniums to play an additional section. While Asuka is quick to learn the part, Kumiko finds herself struggling to master the piece despite relentless practice. During an ensemble, Mr. Taki asks whether or not she will be ready by the competition; Kumiko confidently declares to him that she will. Encouraged by Reina and other members of the bass section, Kumiko continues to practice the part. However, during a critique of the band's performance, Mr. Taki suddenly asks Asuka to play the part solo, leaving Kumiko shocked and depressed. Attempting to cheer her up, Hazuki and Midori invite Kumiko out to eat, but neglect to notice that she has forgotten her phone. On the way home, Kumiko breaks down crying, but finally realizes why Reina had been so upset when they failed to advance at the concert band competition in junior high. Returning to school to retrieve her phone, Kumiko runs into Mr. Taki, who reminds her of her promise to be ready by the competition and encourages her to continue practicing. Realizing that she still has a chance to perform, Kumiko meets up with Reina to share the good news with her.|
"Sayonara Konkūru" (さよならコンクール)
|July 1, 2015|
|As the day of the competition arrives, the band members all engage in preparations for the upcoming event. Natsuki and Hazuki, along with the other non-performing band members, present to everyone their own personalized good luck charms; Haruka expresses her gratitude for the gesture before offering the band her own words of encouragement. Midori, sensing Kumiko's nervousness over her fear of failure, reassures her. At the concert hall, Mr. Taki reminds the band members that it was they who set the goal of making it to nationals before encouraging them to put on a spectacular performance. Shuichi, despite lingering tensions with Kumiko, attempts to reconcile with her; Kumiko responds with a fist bump. During the performance, Kumiko reminisces back on her junior high days and admits that despite having wished to go to nationals before, she never thought it a serious goal until now. When the results are announced, Kitauji is revealed to have successfully advanced to the Kansai regional competition, with the band celebrating their victory while an overjoyed Reina tearfully hugs Kumiko.|
"Kakedasu Monaka" (かけだすモナカ)
|December 16, 2015|
|A side-story focusing on Team Monaka, the members cut following the auditions, as they prepare to support the band in their own way, in advance of the competition.|
|No.||Title||Original air date|
"Manatsu no Fanfāre" (まなつのファンファーレ)
|October 6, 2016|
|As the Kitauji wind band celebrates moving on to regionals, Kumiko notices an unfamiliar girl their age leaving the concert hall. Later, Kumiko joins Reina taking part in early-morning practice sessions in addition to usual club meetings. On their first one Kumiko meets the band's only oboist, Yoroizuka Mizore, who is the first student to arrive every morning. The same day, Taki reveals that he has invited his college classmate Hashimoto, a professional percussionist, to instruct the percussion session leading up to the regional competition, and the girl that Kumiko saw at the concert, a flutist named Nozomi who quit the club during the clash between serious and laid-back students the previous year, approaches the bass section during their sectionals to ask Asuka's permission to rejoin the band. Asuka refuses. Nozomi turns out to have come from the same middle school as Mizore, and the two are implied to be friends, but Mizore is upset by hearing Nozomi playing her flute from a distance. While watching fireworks at a local festival with Reina, Kumiko muses on why someone who loves music as much as Nozomi would decide to give it up.|
"Tomadoi Furūto" (とまどいフルート)
|October 13, 2016|
|The band members take a break before embarking on a training camp. Kumiko and her friends go to the pool, but wind up running into various senpai from the club, including Nozomi, who opens up to Kumiko about her experiences last year and why she feels like she needs Asuka's permission to rejoin the band. Kumiko offers to ask Asuka why she won't let Nozomi rejoin. Once the training camp begins, Taki reveals that aside from Hashimoto he has asked another former classmate, Niiyama, to tutor the woodwinds. Students wonder if Niiyama is Taki's girlfriend, disheartening Reina. That night Kumiko has encounters with Natsuki, who explains why she wants to help Nozomi, and with Mizore, who says that she hates competitions.|
"Nayameru Nokutān" (なやめるノクターン)
|October 20, 2016|
|The band settles into a Spartan rehearsal schedule as the camp continues. Taki approves Kumiko to play the part she had trouble with in the previous season in concert with Asuka, but Mizore's oboe solo is criticized by Hashimoto, who encourages her to show more emotion. Kumiko approaches Asuka about Nozomi, and Asuka explains that she is refusing Nozomi because of Mizore, who as the only oboeist is crucial to the band's chances at the next competition. The band gets together that night to play with fireworks, and Kumiko learns from Hashimoto that Taki used to be married and is still grieving the loss of his wife. Later on, Kumiko meets and reconciles with Yuuko over their concerns for Mizore and complicated feelings on competitions.|
"Mezameru Oboe" (めざめるオーボエ)
|October 26, 2016|
|With the training camp over, Nozomi comes to thank Kumiko for her efforts and then decides to visit the clubroom and say hello to Mizore. Kumiko tries to prevent them meeting but to no avail, and Mizore runs off. Kumiko and Yuuko search the school for Mizore, who reveals that she still thinks of Nozomi as her only friend (to Yuuko's frustration) and worries that Nozomi quit without telling her because Nozomi doesn't care about her. Nozomi is brought in and the two reconcile; afterwards, Asuka remarks that Mizore is calculating and self-serving, angering Kumiko.|
"Kiseki no Hāmonī" (きせきのハーモニー)
|November 3, 2016|
|Kitauji prepares for the Kansai regionals, with Nozomi having rejoined the band. While there, they hear that Rikka has failed to progress, winning silver. The band members psych themselves up while waiting in the wings; Asuka makes a speech about wanting Kitauji's music to sound out through the whole country at nationals, Mizore promises to play for Nozomi, and Reina promises to play for Kumiko. After their performance, Kitauji wins gold and is chosen to advance to nationals. Kumiko asks Mizore if she still hates competitions, to which Mizore replies that she likes them as of now.|
"Amefuri Kondakutā" (あめふりコンダクター)
|November 10, 2016|
|The Kitauji band plays a piece in the school's cultural festival, together with the members who did not make the auditions. Seeing Reina frustrated by other students getting crushes on Taki, Kumiko reflects that she can't tell her about Taki's wife. Reina invites Kumiko to her class's exhibit, a haunted house, and she meets Shuuichi there, leading to Kumiko getting teased again about his crush on her. Later, a typhoon hits the region, and Kumiko overhears her sister Mamiko telling her parents that she wants to drop out of college to become a beautician. Kumiko goes out for a walk to escape the tension at home and runs into Taki at the florist's; as he drives her home he tells her about his wife. Kumiko later hears from Sapphire about the floriography meaning of the bouquet Taki bought for his wife indicating that he still loves her.|
"Ekibiru Konsāto" (えきびるコンサート)
|November 16, 2016|
|Taki arranges for the band to play in a concert at the train station. However, one day Asuka's abusive mother arrives at school and tries to force her to quit to focus on exams; Kumiko witnesses the altercation at the teachers' office and sees Asuka's mother hit her. Rumors spread that Asuka is going to quit, worrying the entire club, and though Asuka plays it off as not a big deal, she is able to attend less often. Haruka and Kaori find Asuka's sheet music and realize how much she wants to go to nationals, and Haruka speaks to the band members about the way everyone has relied too much on Asuka and put her on a pedestal. Asuka arrives in time to play at the station concert, where Haruka has a solo.|
|8||"Rhapsody in Flu"|
"Kazehiki Rapusodī" (かぜひきラプソデイー)
|November 23, 2016|
|Kumiko reflects on her sister, who was her original inspiration for wanting to play music, and the way her sister quit band to focus on college exams. While the other band members are reassured by Asuka saying she won't cause them any trouble, Kumiko asks if she really won't quit, and Asuka invites her to do homework together. Asuka shows up to club less and less often. One day Kumiko catches a cold and goes home early, meeting Aoi along the way. They talk about Asuka, and Aoi is surprised that Asuka has such messy circumstances, which angers Kumiko. At home sick, Kumiko dreams about her early days playing the euphonium, and wakes up to find Reina visiting her. The two of them listen to a CD by a famous euphonist together, but are interrupted by Mamiko, who tells them to stop; Kumiko lashes out at Mamiko, leading to an argument. Mamiko meets Shuuichi later, who tells her how Kumiko wanted her sister to hear her play.|
"Hibike! Yūfoniamu" (ひびけ！ユーフォニアム)
|November 30, 2016|
|Various band members pressure Kumiko to do something about Asuka's home situation during her visit, including Natsuki, who has been chosen by Taki as Asuka's understudy. While returning the clubroom key to the teachers' office with Reina, Kumiko expresses exasperation about the situation, but Reina agrees that Kumiko has a way with words when it matters most. While returning the key to Taki, Reina notices a photo on his desk with Taki's wife in it. The next day Kumiko goes to Asuka's house, and Asuka opens up to her about her situation: Asuka's father is a famous euphonist whom her abusive mother has prevented her from ever meeting, he is the one who sent her her euphonium as a child, and that he is set to be a judge at the national competition. She wanted to go to nationals so that he would hear her play. The two of them go out to the riverbank, where Asuka plays for Kumiko.|
|10||"After School Obligato"|
"Hōkago Oburigāto" (ほうかごオブリガート)
|December 7, 2016|
|After she returns from Asuka's house, Kumiko and her sister reconcile while making dinner, admitting that they were jealous of each other. Mamiko resolves to move out to pursue her dreams. Knowing how much her sister regretted letting their parents push her around, Kumiko appeals to Asuka after school to stay in band, mentioning that everyone wants her to stay. Asuka pushes back against Kumiko's assertions, asking if she can really say so for sure, but Kumiko says that she herself wants to play with Asuka. The two are interrupted by Aoi calling Asuka about the results of a mock exam she took. Later Asuka returns to the band for real, using the fact that she scored in the top 10 in the nation in the mock exam as ammunition against her mother. However, Kumiko realizes that Reina is now avoiding her.|
|11||"First Love Trumpet"|
"Hatsukoi Toranpetto" (はつこいトランペット)
|December 14, 2016|
|Kumiko unsuccessfully tries to corner Reina with help from Hazuki and Sapphire, only for Reina to ask her to climb Mt. Tenran again. Reina reveals that she is upset with Kumiko for concealing the story of Taki's wife from her. Because Taki was part of Reina's motivation to play, the shock goes on to affect her solo, and she reconciles with Yuuko when the latter encourages her. Reina asks Taki directly about his wife, visits her grave together with Kumiko, and resolves to help grant Taki's wish to win gold at nationals in his wife's memory.|
|12||"The Last Competition"|
"Saigo no Konkūru" (さいごのコンクール)
|December 21, 2016|
|The band travels to nationals. During their hotel stay, Kumiko and Shuuichi meet at a vending machine and have an awkward conversation, and he gives her a late birthday gift, a hairpin decorated the same kind of flowers Taki bought for his wife (having been told by Sapphire that Kumiko likes them). The band plays at the competition. While waiting for their results they realize that they did not come up with a cheer for Taki during the conductors' awards; Reina confesses her love in place of a cheer but is misunderstood. Kitauji wins bronze, but Taki passes on a message to Asuka from her father, and Kumiko has an emotional reunion with Mamiko, who had come to watch.|
"Harusaki Epirōgu" (はるさきエピローグ)
|December 28, 2016|
|The third year students retire from the club after the competition. Yuuko is named the new president and Natsuki the vice president; Kumiko is frustrated by how much she misses Asuka. Before graduation, the club has a farewell party for the third years, with the third years playing a piece for their juniors and the second and first years playing Crescent Moon Dance for their seniors. On graduation day, Kumiko is at last able to meet up with Asuka, and confesses that though at first she was confused by and disliked her, she now loves Asuka. Asuka gives Kumiko the piece her father wrote, and which she played many times throughout the series, "Sound! Euphonium".|
Wind ensemble music for both seasons were performed by the 2014 Freshman Wind Ensemble (フレッシュマン ウィンド アンサンブル) of the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music. Original music was composed and some featured pieces was arranged by Akito Matsuda (松田彬人 Matsuda Akito).
|1.||"Abarenbō Shōgun Theme" (暴れん坊将軍のテーマ; episode 1.1)||Shunsuke Kikuchi|
|2.||"Infernal Galop" (from Orpheus in the Underworld; episodes 1.1 and 1.12)||Jacques Offenbach|
|3.||"The Marines" (episodes 1.3-1.4)|
(piece incorporates Marines' Hymn[n 2] in second part)
|James M. Fulton and Jacques Offenbach (uncredited)|
|4.||"Symphony No. 9" (part II Largo, episode 1.3)||Antonín Dvořák|
|5.||"The Fairest of the Fair" (episode 1.5)||John Philip Sousa|
|6.||"Funiculì, Funiculà" (episode 1.5)||Luigi Denza|
|7.||"Rydeen" (ライディーン; episode 1.5)|
(from Solid State Survivor by Yellow Magic Orchestra)
|8.||"Crescent Moon Dance" (三日月の舞; episodes 1.6-1.13, 2.1-2.3, 2.5, 2.7, 2.9, and 2.13)||Namie Horikawa[n 3] (Akito Matsuda)|
|9.||"Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" (episode 1.6)||French folk song|
|10.||"Ai o Mitsuketa Basho" (愛を見つけた場所 (The Place Where We Found Love); episode 1.8)||Hanako Oku|
|11.||"Wind of Provence[n 4]" (プロヴァンスの風; episodes 1.10, 1.13, 2.3, and 2.5)||Naoki Tasaka|
|12.||"Scheherazade" (episode 1.13)||Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov|
|13.||"Gakuen Tengoku" (学园天国; episodes 2.1 and 2.6)||Tadao Inoue|
|14.||"Finale from Symphony No. 4" (episode 2.1)||Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky|
|15.||"Gliding Dance of the Maidens (Polovtsian Dances)" (episodes 2.1-2.2, and 2.5)||Alexander Borodin|
|16.||"Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" (episode 2.5)||Sergei Rachmaninoff|
|17.||"Kimi wa Tennenshoku" (君は天然色; episode 2.6)|
(from A Long Vacation)
|18.||"Takarajima" (宝島 (Treasure Island); episode 2.7)|
(from S.P.O.R.T.S. by T-Square)
|19.||"American Patrol" (episode 2.8)||Frank W. Meacham|
|20.||"Kitauji Shijuusou Dai-1-ban Euphonium" (北宇治四重奏 第1番 ユーフォニアム; episode 2.8)||Akito Matsuda[n 5]|
|21.||"Hibike! Yūfoniamu" (響け! ユーフォニアム; episodes 2.3, 2.9, and 2.13[n 6])||Shindo Masakazu[n 7] (Akito Matsuda)|
|22.||"Starting the project[n 8]" (episode 2.13)||Akito Matsuda|
In April 2018, it was reported that the novels had more than 1.4 million copies in print in Japan.
- Kitauji (北宇治), is translated as "North Uji" at the English official website. Although the subtitle is sometimes translated as Welcome to Kitauji High School's Musical Instrument Club, suisōgaku (吹奏楽) actually means "concert band (wind ensemble)", not "musical instrument".
- The music from the "Gendarmes' Duet" from Offenbach's opera Geneviève de Brabant.
- Fictional female composer.
- The fourth of five required pieces for real-life All-Japan Band Competition 2015.
- In the anime's plot, the piece was credited by Shindo Masakazu.
- Due to the plot, the piece name was not disclosed until the end of episode 2.13, so it was uncredited for episodes 2.3 and 2.9.
- Fictional male composer.
- Music from promotion video for season 1.
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