Review By Tizzie Kite
2015 saw the launch of Sound Euphonium, a strange anime series centred around this girl.
This is Kumiko Oumae. She's a first year high school student, meaning she's 15 and that pictures like this are just weird.
The series begins with a flashback to Kumiko's middle school band contest, where they won the “dud gold”, meaning that, though they won a gold medal, they didn't get through to the national competition. Here, we also meet Reina Kousaka, a trumpet player who appears to be able to cry inhuman amounts of tears.
On her first day of high school, Kumiko meets Hazuki Katou and Sapphire Kawashima, who she joins the school band with.
Throughout the series we meet lots of different people who are in the band. Many of which fade into the background or, worse still, merge into some giant, hideous monster because you won't remember who is who after they leave the scene. There's the moody girl who spends all day staring out the window (but turns out to be nice), the trumpet player who everyone likes, her little second year groupie with a ribbon in her hair, there's a tuba player who is insanely calm and, to top it all off, the girl who quits because she's got to focus on her exams.
We travel with Kumiko and her gang to festivals and celebrations, learning valuable lessons, suchas the problems with trying to use a tuba mouthpiece to play the trumpet!
Obviously, given its subject, the music in the show is amazing. Like, seriously. Even if you don't speak any Japanese, both theme tunes are really catchy. You'll find yourself singing them at random intervals, I promise you that. I change all the words to “da” and it's just as satisfying to belt when I'm in the shower.
All in all, Sound! Euphonium is a fantastic series, providing you can keep up with all the characters!