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Aug. 16th, 2015 @ 10:04 pm Finished: Hibike! Euphonium
Current Mood: okayokay
We've finished watching Hibike! Euphonium. It's a series about a music club by Kyoto Animation, but it is really different from K-on! In K-on, the girls seem to just hang out and act cool, but in this series, it's really about the club and how Kumiko finds herself through participating.
When Kumiko enters a high school that almost none of her middle school classmates joined, hoping to make a new start. In middle school, she was part of the wind orchestra club, playing euphonium. But they weren't good enough to advance to the prefectural competition -- much to the vexation of Reina, Kumiko's ambitious trumpet-playing classmate. During the introduction, the wind orchestra welcomes the new students with a concert/recruiting drive, but they're just not that good. Kumiko doesn't really fancy going into orchestra again -- especially when Reina wants to join! But when two of her friends decide to join, she gets roped into joining. And when it gets out that she played euphonium, she is pushed to the euphonium again...
The club advisor, who is new that year, asks the club what they want: do they want to go for the nationals, or do they want to take it easier? Maybe out of group pressure, most of the club chooses to go for the nationals. And that means he works them hard: they wanted to go to the nationals, right? So practice! Of course, that doesn't sit well with the members who are not really interested to go to the nationals... There's some old stuff that happened last year that also still is fresh in the memory of the older members.

It's only thirteen episodes, but there is a lot of character building in it. The writing is quite good, and the cast of characters is likable. Quality is high as well -- as we are used from Kyoto Animation. I highly recommend it.
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Date:August 18th, 2015 01:45 am (UTC)
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i had to google "euphonium"
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Date:August 18th, 2015 04:11 pm (UTC)
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"Euphonium" means "good sound" -- but I strongly suspect false advertising in naming the instrument, like how Greenland was called "green" to lure colonists while it is covered in ice.
"Like a tuba, but smaller" isn't going to draw any players, I think. So that became "something that makes good sounds!"
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