Sound! Euphonium Ensemble Contest (Hibike! Euphonium: Ensemble Contest-hen) is the newest entry in the series that sees talented musicians perform. The full title of this movie is Sound! Euphonium Special Edition ~Ensemble Contest~, but the rest of this article will use the shortened version for brevity. The “Special Edition” part of that title highlights that it is a movie that will precede the new season. Kyoto Animation has released a trailer before the scheduled August 4th premiere date.
Kyoto Animation has maintained a promotional home page for Sound! Euphonium, in addition to an official Twitter page. Fans and potential viewers can visit those websites for behind-the-scenes information and to see the key visual.
The director Tatsuya Ishihara took to Twitter to thank fans for their support.
Follow the Tune
Sound! Euphonium primarily follows Kumiko Oumae (voiced by Tomoyo Kurosawa) as she enters Kitauji High School. She is an incredibly skilled musician and plays the euphonium to perfection. Kumiko gave it up after a terrible experience at the National Music Band Competition. Unfortunately for her, this new school had, until recently, a high reputation with their school band club.
The Kitauji High School Concert Band Club had participated nationally and produced numerous stellar talents. Evidently, a change in advisers has seen its talent plummet, and now the club isn’t even winning regional matches.
Despite her intentions, Kumiko still joined the school band alongside the skilled trumpet player Reina Kosaka (voiced by Chika Anzai). They were part of the same school band in junior high school, but things may not have gone well between them. A new band adviser would guide them and the rest of the band back to its former glory.
Sound! Euphonium Ensemble Contest sees Kumiko take on the role of the band’s leader. The Kyoto prefectural tournament Ancon is set to begin soon, and Kumiko must deal with various problems to get her orchestra in order. The preliminaries are just around the corner, and everyone will be tested.
Sound! Euphonium Origins
Ayano Takeda wrote, and Nikki Asada illustrated this musical series. Takarajimasha published Sound! Euphonium in the Takarajimasha Bunko from December 5th, 2013, to June 22nd, 2019, inside twelve volumes.
Sound! Euphonium was also adapted to manga format, with the artist Hami taking over for illustrations. This iteration ran in the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! magazine from November 28th, 2014, to October 30th, 2015, and was collected into three volumes.
The first anime season ran between April 8th, 2015, and July 1st, 2015, in thirteen episodes and an OVA. The second season aired from October 6th, 2016, to December 28th, 2016, for thirteen more episodes. The third season is expected sometime in 2024. Besides those, there were a few movies for fans to enjoy.
We don’t do much fan casting here, but we know of a good musician who could join Kumiko’s band. The Angelina 1/7 Figure The Song of Long Voyage Ver. from Arknights is available now. She has her own golden trumpet and everything.
Are you excited to see more of Sound! Euphonium? Are you new to the series, or have you been watching Kumiko play since the beginning? Who is the best girl in the series? Let us know in the comments below.