Hibike! Euphonium Episode 1 Impressions

Hibike EuphoniumHibike! Euphonium begins with Kumiko Oumae, a freshman at her high school who enrolled because she wanted a fresh start after everything that happened in her middle school, one of which was being unable to reach nationals with her concert band. Unfortunatly, it seems like the band life follows her wherever she goes. When she sees her new high school’s band, she’s sorely unimpressed.

Rating: 3.5/5 happy clouds Crop_35 Clouds Transparent

On first glance, the series itself has lovely animation, and very attractive music. The opening song is so darn catchy and the use of brass in the background really ties the song closely to the theme of the series. I can’t wait to see what lovely concerto and band pieces that his show has in store for all of us. The soundtrack is going to be A-MA-ZING!!!

Naturally, it takes various personalities to create a diverse group of slice of life characters. You have your general protagonist- Kumiko, the shy cutie- Midori/Sapphire Kawashima-chan, the outgoing one- Hazuki Katou… and later, the cool and collected bishoujo- Reina Kouaka. For now though, Kumiko seems pretty content with her place in regular high school life. It takes a bit of quite contemplation and one or two flashbacks before Kumiko makes up her mind but by the end of the episode all four of our main girls have joined orchestra.

Props to Kyoto Animation for creating four very unique-looking characters. Due to the consistent style of KyotoAni’s art style, there’s a small running joke in the anime community of seeing cameo appearances crossed over from other KyotoAni shows. I felt that this series’ character designs were really quite unique and I’m quite impressed as to how easily distinguishable each of the main and supporting characters are.

I’m really looking forward to a lot of the emotional aspect between the four girls as well as the teamwork building between the four of them. Since all four of them come from very different musical backgrounds, it’ll be interesting to see them clash and coordinate themselves in their new group dynamic. There’s still Kousaka to win over for now, which will be explored in the next episode.

Hibike! Euphonium Episode 1 (14)Right off the get-go, Hibike! Euphonium seems like an easy-going slice of life series for fans of the genre and fans of KyotoAni. I see a lot of potential for this series and I’m really excited to see where KyotoAni will take the story. I’m hoping each of the characters will develop side-by-side in each episode rather than having each back story isolated in a weekly episode. Of course there needs to be a strong focus on the musical aspect of the series and hopefully we will be given enough explanations when it comes to music lingo. I do have quite a bit of faith in KyotoAni storytelling so all we can really do is sit back and enjoy the music ride.

– Cloudy

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