Sound! Euphonium is one of those Japanese franchises that has seen multiple manifestations. Starting out as a set of novels, it then transformed into an anime series and then two movies: Liz and the Blue Bird and Sound! Euphonium The Movie – Our Promise: A Brand New Day.
Sound! Euphonium The Movie – Our Promise: A Brand New Day is of special note right now because ELEVEN ARTS is partnering with Fathom Events to show it in theaters for two days only. You can catch the subbed version on July 11 and the dubbed version on July 15. (Liz and the Blue Bird also previously played through Fathom Events.)
The franchise follows Kumiko Oumae (who plays the title’s euphonium) and the high school concert band she’s in. Sound! Euphonium The Movie – Our Promise: A Brand New Day has a new school year starting and the concert band is hoping to win gold in the Nationals. That means lots of practice, lots of time in band class, and lots of competition and emotions on the line. But music and going to Nationals won’t be the only thing on students’ minds. There’s also relationship issues among students, pressure from their parents to decide on their futures, and the realization of growing up and not always being together.
The movie is leisurely paced, sometimes melancholic. The characters are endearing and, since this is a movie about a concert band, it of course has beautiful music. The animation is also quite attractive, from the carefully implemented shine on musical instruments in the light to the formation of clouds in the sky. People who have kept up on Sound! Euphonium till this point will surely get the most out of it, but even people new to the franchise can enjoy this slice of life movie about a high school concert band.
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