Sound! Euphonium
Release Date:
Status: Ended
Genres: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Synopsis

After swearing off music due to an incident at the middle school regional brass band competition, euphonist Kumiko Oumae enters high school hoping for a fresh start. As fate would have it, she ends up being surrounded by people with an interest in the high school brass band. Kumiko finds the motivation she needs to make music once more with the help of her bandmates, some of whom are new like novice tubist Hazuki Katou; veteran contrabassist Sapphire Kawashima; and band vice president and fellow euphonist Asuka Tanaka. Others are old friends, like Kumiko's childhood friend and hornist-turned-trombonist Shuuichi Tsukamoto, and trumpeter and bandmate from middle school, Reina Kousaka. However, in the band itself, chaos reigns supreme. Despite their intention to qualify for the national band competition, as they currently are, just competing in the local festival will be a challenge—unless the new band advisor Noboru Taki does something about it. From the studio that animated Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu, Kyoto Animation's Hibike! Euphonium is a fresh and musical take on the slice-of-life staple that is the high school student's struggle to deal with their past, find romance, and realize their dreams and aspirations. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Welcome to High School
Aired: 4/8/15
In the flashback on her junior high school days, euphonium player Kumiko Ōmae is devastated because her concert band did not accomplish their dream of winning a competition. On the first day of high school, she hears the school's concert band playing and the poor performance of their music drives her to despair. Kumiko meets a girl named Hazuki Katō, who is sitting in the seat behind her, and then Hazuki tells Kumiko that she wants a new friend, afterwards, the two become friends with each-other. While walking in the corridor, they run into Sapphire "Midori" Kawashima. Midori reveals that she used to be a double bass player in her junior high school days. The three girls go to observe a band meeting, and Kumiko is surprised to meet trumpeter Reina Kōsaka, who is a former classmate of her's from the same junior high school. On the way home from school, Kumiko tells Hazuki and Midori that she is not sure whether to join the group or not. Depressed, Kumiko sits on a bench, and is approached by her childhood friend, Shuichi Tsukamoto, but then she leaves him due to a past argument between the two. Eventually she decides that she will not join the band and returns home. In her room, Kumiko recalls the devastating look on Reina's face when the concert band lost. The next day, Kumiko sees Hazuki practicing with a mouthpiece and gives her advice, by doing so, Kumiko invited to join the band and makes up her mind to sign up.