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Sound Euphonium Collector’s Edition UK Blu-ray Anime Review

Sound Euphonium Collector’s Edition UK Blu-ray Anime Review

Posted by Chris Homer

October 17, 2018 at 12:00 PM

The one anime ever that I might truly cosplay and play the instrument…if solely I used to be a cute highschool woman as an alternative…

What They Say:
After the frustration of defeat in a serious competitors throughout her remaining yr in center faculty, brass band music has misplaced its lustre for Kumiko as she enters highschool. Regardless of vowing to go away music behind and make a recent begin, peer strain from her new-found pals sees Kumiko as soon as once more taking over the Euphonium for Kitauji Excessive Faculty’s band membership.
With an formidable new membership advisor at their helm the strain is on for the membership to qualify for the nationwide event, however this lofty objective solely serves to spotlight the fractured relationships between cliques inside the group’s present members. As Kumiko struggles to make sense of this unrest, her consideration is inexorably drawn in the direction of former classmate and present membership mate, the enigmatic Reina.

Love, friendship and rivalry collide towards a musical backdrop as Kumiko searches for a ardour or function to outline her, on this beautiful collection from Kyoto Animation.

The Review:
The audio has launch in Japanese solely, albeit with each English and French subtitles. Regardless of not saying 5.1 the Japanese launch was top quality to the purpose there was no adjustment to the quantity (fairly helpful contemplating the musical theme this present has), there have been no different points relating to sound high quality, echoing, synching with subtitles, and so forth – the standard is excessive general, only a disgrace no English dub.

Comparable with the audio, the video is about in full display format by way of NTSC switch to PAL format with the present combining animation and color in a extra conventional sense, with no actual issues with the subtitles, and with it being a reasonably current collection (2015) it flows simply onto Blu-Ray in comparison with some older releases. The animation combines CGI with conventional particularly with a few of the orchestral sequences and the opening animations which appears to work nicely for probably the most half although there are occasions when it’s a bit too noticeable…

There was no packing for this check launch nevertheless with the collector’s version you get the premium packaging and a 52 web page artwork guide.

The menu is fairly commonplace – we see clips of the present intertwined with the opening theme track within the background as under the scenes we get the choices of Play, Episodes, Settings, Extras and Credit. Simply selectable and like most Blu-Rays provides you the choice to decide on by way of a pop-up menu while in present some else (bar extras). Quick, fast, environment friendly and good wanting.

The extras are fairly good as we get 7 bonus brief episodes which options the primary women principally in additional comedian conditions from cleansing the devices, Sapphire (it’s Midor!) hating her nickname, the shortage of boys in a brass band, how Tuba-kun is a prince, the trials of the music membership, what’s Taki’s secret, and what’s a transposition instrument. The episodes are about Four-5 minutes lengthy and present the women in a extra enjoyable mild.

We do get 2 TV Commercials and three trailers for the present as nicely.

Content material:
Sound Euphonium is a 2 season anime debuting in 2015 and based mostly on the continued novel collection initially launched in 2013. Enjoyable reality: I used to be a euphonium participant again once I was youthful so if there was a collection that was made for me not simply as an anime with the information I knew from enjoying it, but in addition to cosplay from it, be good…

…then seems all of the euphonium gamers are women. ^^

The present nevertheless takes an fascinating dynamic as a go for the gold sort of present, with the primary focus being the relationships of the band, with the lead particularly and an previous good friend…

We begin the present with the stated two individuals in query in a flashback – in a finals we see a band dropping – and the women’ reactions are very totally different. The primary a stunning woman named Kumiko Oumae doesn’t appear that bothered as a euphonium participant, however her good friend, a trumpeter named Reina Kousaka is upset by her response as she needed to go to the highest, inflicting a rift. Quick ahead to current time, we’re in highschool and Kumiko is not sure about becoming a member of band, however on her first day she makes associates shortly with two different women, Hazuki and Sapphire (or as she prefers to be referred to as Midori) who performed the double bass while Hazuki is a beginner who ultimately performs the tuba. Kumiko was not sure and even while wanting was considering of selecting a brand new instrument, however because of an unlucky slip up by considered one of her previous associates Aoi (and the very hyper and enjoyable euphonium participant vice chairman Asuka just about kidnapping her for the group) we additionally get Reina returning, which makes Kumiko nervous to speak to her since she by no means spoke to her after that live performance…

So she is making an attempt to make buddies with Reina (mockingly Reina while stoic by no means appears to be that bothered concerning the incident) while the band is being shaped for the brand new college students – and their new conductor, a person named Noboru Taki who’s a little bit of an enormous deal we later study. He asks the band one query, do they want to have enjoyable enjoying and simply be informal…or do they want to go to the nationals? The group vote to go for the gold however Taki is stern however truthful and doesn’t need to see them till they’re ok to work as a gaggle. Not solely that, nevertheless it appears the group has had some variations prior to now (the bass part for instance appears to haven’t any second years and there are clearly some points with the crew – it’s right here you study that Asuka is probably not as jovial as she seems, one thing which slowly develops all through the first season and I do know additional expands within the 2nd…) With Taki not impressed, the group are in combined emotions as they separate, apply drills, working in respiration, and his approach of being good cop/dangerous cop relying on the talent of the group. That is the place we study that Reina appears to defend Taki understanding about his talent which results in Kumiko lastly correctly speaking to her, which begins an fascinating friendship between the 2 because the group efficiently begin to work collectively nicely…

With it being a nasty, there are plenty of gamers and never everyone seems to be nearly as good as others. We get focus of the 4 women however different characters within the band do get their moments – one among notice is Shuichi, Kumiko’s childhood pal who clearly has a crush on her but it’s her good friend Hazuki who appears to love him as an alternative, Kumiko’s sempai in euphonium enjoying Natsuki, which suggests a rivalry as Kumiko regardless of being youthful has extra expertise enjoying however ends rather more properly, the trumpets rivals in Kaori and Yuko, while Kaori is tremendous good she has a aggressive streak eager to carry out while Yuko is virtually in love with Kaori and defends her enjoying, regardless of the very fact it’s clear Reina is the perfect trumpeter within the group, and Aoi who being a pal of Yumiko’s, later quits the band when she must concentrate on her research. That stated, while all of the forged get moments, apart from perhaps Asuka, the main target is on the primary 4, and even then, extra so on Reina and Kumiko (poor Sapphire doesn’t actually get an arc regardless of her being fairly a enjoyable character, Hazuki a minimum of has a mini arc when she confesses to Shuichi…)

There are tense moments although (Aoi for instance has different explanation why she give up, hyperlinks to the previous) which results in Haruka (the membership chief) stepping down for a bit, resulting in Asuka taking cost (and present she could be fairly chilly outdoors her enjoyable angle usually) mixed with another intense moments, some even verging on romantic between Kumiko and Reina…the pageant episode and a few extra moments after that would even argue there was a confession between the 2 – however at best, the 2 are undoubtedly getting shut. So when the audition for the primary band for the nationals comes, the 2 start to bond while others do fail together with Natsuki and Hazuki, however the shock is Reina regardless of being a 1st yr, is picked over Kaori as the primary trumpet soloist. While Natsuki doesn’t thoughts (even treats Reina to a drink to ensure she wasn’t upset that she beat her sempai, Natsuki sarcastically will get extra airtime after she fails and turns into certainly one of my favorite secondary characters), Yuko isn’t completely satisfied Kaori misplaced and learns that Reina and Taki truly knew one another beforehand, suggesting favouritism. In actuality, Yuko is nicely conscious that Reina is one of the best participant however it was Kaori’s dream to be the primary soloist for the finals, resulting in a rematch the place determined by a vote to show no bias. And when it does occur, Kaori admits that Reina is the most effective participant and the choice passes…

The final half focuses on Kumiko struggling to play an element and she or he begins to know why Reina was upset within the flashback, as frustration units into her coronary heart. Because of Taki, Reina, Hazuki and Sapphire, she will get over it in order the efficiency will get nearer, the non –performing members like Natsuki and Hazuki give them good luck charms and with the odd little bit of rigidity there, everybody manages to be on the identical web page and comes full circle as Kumiko now sees attending to the nationals because the aim she needs as all through the anime, she says she has no future objectives. It leads them to return first of their area, ending with a hug between Kumiko and Reina because it units up now preparing for the nationals and for us, the 2nd season…

O.Okay, except for the superb music and animation (it’s KyoAni so that you anticipate it) as you’ll be able to guess a present like this is able to half, the draw of this collection is principally a friendship story involving loads of forged in addition to the main target of getting a objective. There are particular methods you are feeling the characters could be and a few divides can occur – characters like Taki (is his approach a bit too strict or is it the suitable method), Yuko (is she blind in realising Reina is the higher participant or real believes that she ought to drop out for Kaori’s sake as Reina can have two extra alternatives after this) and Asuka (what’s she hiding outdoors that enjoyable exterior?) may be interpreted as lot, as can different issues reminiscent of if Reina is interested in Kumiko and vice versa…

…but when not closely considering, it’s a very top quality collection. As a result of it has such a excessive forged, clearly loads of characters don’t get focus, however there’s sufficient moments you can be stunned by how a lot you want them. Asuka and Natsuki, the opposite euphonium gamers for instance, each get their moments in all through making them memorable and likeable, mixed with a properly developed lead two, particularly Kumiko who is sort of the character. I didn’t actually concentrate on her a lot all through the evaluate however she is a really entertaining lead – she truly is sort of the snarker and her facial and vocal expressions are on level all through, each as passive and sarcastic – while Reina’s improvement as somebody stoic but might be fairly emotional is related all through as her friendship with Yumiko turns into extra developed. Granted, I might say that Hazuki and Sapphire do get the shaft a bit (particularly Sapphire, Hazuki a minimum of will get her moments with Shuuichi however even that’s only a method for her to play cheerleader for him and Yumiko…ironic as compared to Reina, the 2 don’t work together that a lot) – mixed with some drama concerned all through which intermixes with the character relationships (what led to the 2nd years leaving, the change in dynamics when Taki takes over, Reina being pushed over Kaori because the lead, and so forth) makes this certainly one of these exhibits that one way or the other will get via fairly shortly. Heck, there are even loads of comedian moments simply from a few of what Kumiko has to snark via and the way Asuka tries to steal the present each time….

I’m very intrigued to see how this performs up for Season 2 as while I did see it, it has been some time so I’ve truly forgot the ending, I do know a number of the forged get extra time and we’ll study extra about Taki, so this units up actually properly while being a really nice collection typically. It’s not good (the Shuuich/Hazuki factor was rushed means too shortly although it did assist set the Yumiko/Reina dynamic) nevertheless it’s undoubtedly excessive finish in an off-the-cuff collection. Plus an anime that has euphonium gamers?

The one time I might legit nerd out to my buddies about how correct the knowledge was. Granted, they received bored after 5 minutes however I didn’t care 😛

In Abstract:
Sound Euphonium is a type of distinctive collection that takes an uncommon premise (band follow) and turns right into a slice-of-life story about friendships mixed with hints of back-story, previous and current drama and mixing it right into a coming of age basic because the band head to the nationals. There’s sufficient give attention to our two leads and moments with the secondary forged that you simply keep in mind most of them regardless of the large forged and with some enjoyable moments from Kumiko, there’s a little bit for everybody. It’s a type of collection that explains issues nicely with the music too so anybody can get into it, and is an effective extra reasonable anime I can advocate for newcomers. Can advocate although typically.

7 Brief OVAs, Japanese Trailers, TV Commercials

Content material Grade: A-
Audio Grade: B+
Video Grade: A
Packaging Grade: N/A
Menu Grade: B
Extras Grade: B+

Launched By: Anime Restricted
Launch Date: September 24th, 2018
MSRP: £44.99
Operating Time: 350 minutes
Video Encoding: 1080p AVC
Facet Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen

Review Gear:
Ps Four, Sony Bravia 32 Inc EX4 Tv, Aiwa 2 Means Twin Duct Bass Reflex Speaker System.

Posted on October 17, 2018 by Chris Homer and saved underneath All Information, All Evaluations, Anime / Manga, Anime Blu-ray Critiques, Anime/Manga Critiques and tagged with anime, anime restricted, sound! euphonium