Hibike! Euphonium 3

Title:Hibike! Euphonium 3
Sound! Euphonium 3
響け!ユーフォニアム 3
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Notables: ANZAI Chika
ASAI Ayaka
Animation - KYOTO
Now in her third and last year in Kitauji High School, protagonist Kumiko Oumae has ascended to the rank of President of the concert band and she and her friends have one last chance to take it to the national championship.

[edit] The ↗Sound!_Euphonium franchise:

  1. (2015) Hibike! Euphonium (first season, 12 TV episodes)
  2. (2016) Hibike! Euphonium 2 (second season, 12 TV episodes)
  3. (2018) Liz to Aoitori (movie spinoff, 90 minutes)
  4. (2019) Hibike! Euphonium: Chikai no Finale (movie sequel, 110 minutes)
  5. (2024) Hibike! Euphonium 3 (third season, 13 TV episodes)
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:4794#628]
(Four episodes watched):

Even before the OP sequence rolls, it is clear that this show is on a completely different and higher level than the vast majority of anime. It has been eight years since the second season, after all, and I have only the most vague memory of who's who and where things stand. But I remember that this is a high class show, and it went without saying that I'd be watching it to completion. Kumiko is now leader of the band as a new crop of prospective members enrolls at the school and must be recruited. Once that is done (the once mediocre band now has quite a reputation) the next test is whether the band as a whole will want to be a competitive one or one that plays just for fun; and thankfully the members vote overwhelmingly for the former option, just a Kumiko and her close friends had hoped. I probably ought to go back and rewatch both of the previous seasons in order to get the greatest possible enjoyment out of season three.

Another player of the euphonium has come to Kitauji, and this girl from a school with a prestigious band ought to be a blessing. Yet there is a strange feeling among numerous characters that something will go wrong. This girl doesn't seem particularly haughty or difficult to get along with, yet somehow the message is that she will upset some sort of precious balance that the band has enjoyed until now. in episode three Kumiko worries that the draconian training regimen that is considered necessary to make a band with a shot at the National title is demoralizing the first year players to such an extent that they may quit en masse. There are so many characters in this show that I cannot even dream of keeping track of who everyone is. In episode four Motomu, a male member of the band who happens to be related to a highly esteemed conductor of school bands, has a problem and Kumiko must act as a social worker to patch up this hole in her band. I didn't really 'get' what exactly his problem was or how Kumiko fixed it. The thought occured to me that since it has been so long since the last season of Hibike that maybe I should save this season and rewatch the previous ones (and movies) before watching it. I remember very little and might enjoy it more if that were the case. Why, again, do these kids want to win a national championship? But, on the other hand, that would be a big committment to make.

Last updated Wednesday, May 15 2024. Created Tuesday, April 09 2024.

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