After swearing off music due to an incident at the middle school regional concert band competition, euphonist Kumiko Oumae enters high school hoping for a fresh start. As fate would have it, she ends up being surrounded by people with an interest in the high school brass band. Kumiko finds the motivation she needs to make music once more with the help of her bandmates, some of whom are new like novice tubist Hazuki Katou; veteran contrabassist Sapphire Kawashima; and band vice president and fellow euphonist Asuka Tanaka. Others are old friends, like Kumiko's childhood friend and hornist-turned-trombonist Shuuichi Tsukamoto, and trumpeter and bandmate from middle school, Reina Kousaka.
However, in the band itself, chaos reigns supreme. Despite their intention to qualify for the national band competition, as they currently are, just competing in the local festival will be a challenge—unless the new band advisor Noboru Taki does something about it.
Since I'm a big fan of Hibike! Euphonium, I decided to watch the movie yesterday and this movie was just 1 hour and 43 minutes of RECAP OF THE 1ST SEASON.
Don't expect any new scenes in the movie because I can assure you that there aren't any. If you're going to watch the 2nd Season of Hibike and you've watched the 1st Season but it's been a long time since you watched the 1st Season then you can watch the movie as a refresher because all the important plot points are in the movie. Otherwise, watch the 1st Season if you want a true
experience of Hibike! Euphonium or if you want to know why Asuka is best girl because the lack of Asuka in this movie is goddamn frustrating.
Oh and the credits song is the OP from the 1st Season. The difference here is it's an "Orchestra" version but TRUE is still singing the song. If you want to hear the orchestrated version of Hibike's OP 1 then go ahead and go knock yourselves out.
There's not much else to say about the movie, I suppose. It's just a recap, after all. Even though I already watched the 1st Season, I still enjoyed the movie.
To sum it up: it's a compressed version of the first season. It does however, have minor new scenes. Emphasis on minor. And it's only two. I'll go through what they are at the end of this review because it's a slight spoiler from the first season.
I definitely recommend you watch this if you want a fresh up on what happened in the first season before watching the second season. But I do NOT recommend to watch this if you haven't watched the first season. It skips out on a lot of details that was in the first season and it'll ruin the experience
for sure. So if you are here because you'd rather watch a compressed version of the first season rather than going through the 13 episodes.... hear me out and just give it a chance. Trust me when I say you will not regret it. (The animation/visuals in it are SO stunning).
Minor spoilers ahead (is this even considered a spoiler tbh?)
The added scenes were:
1) They extended the scenes in the Sunrise festival, which was nice.
2) They added a scene of Yuuko Yoshikawa and Mizore Yoroizuka interacting, which was NOT included in the first season. Glad they added it in though because it followed up within the second season and now things make more sense.
As far as recap movies go, this is a solid 7/10. Good enough for a review of the first season, but not good enough on it's own. First time writing a review btw, so I hope it was helpful!
I can begin this review with telling you all that this is only a recap of the first season of Hibike! Euphonium. We all knew that we wouldn't get so much new material in this movie long before it came out (even though there are some scenes that weren't included here and there throughout the movie). So for those who want new materials by watching this movie, don't be surprised or disappointed if didn't match your expectation. Because as I already said this is only a recap. I also recommend people who are new to this show to watch the first season first and then
watch this. It's better that way. ;)
On the other side, for those who loved the first season and want a fresh-up for what this series were about before jumping to season 2, I truly recommend to watch this short one and half hour movie rather than rewatching the whole season 1. This is my reasons for it.
I think the plot is very good made. It's a recap so you expect less story and scenes than what were in the series. I think they have done a very good job, but if I were to point out something negative about the plot it would be the events in the movie happens too fast. They jump from one scene to next in a instant. I think it would have been better to give each event a bit more screen time than it got.
Regardless of that, I am glad they have included the most important scenes from the series. To spoil less as possible I will only mentioned some scenes that is worth mentioning. For instance most of the great scenes that surrounds Reina and Kumiko (our favorite yuri couple in this series, xP) have been included and they have been done very well too. Also they haven't forgot about the important scene that surrounds Reina and Kaori about who were going to play the trumpet solo in the competition. There are also other great scenes some other good scenes.
Just like how KyoAni didn't disappoint in season 1 (and also currently in the second season), they certainly didn't disappoint here either. Personally I think they did a better job with the animation in the movie than in the series. The animation is great throughout the whole movie but what really amaze me and my reasons for giving it a top score is very small details with the animation that goes so well with the plot.
For example in the last scene before the band begins to play Kumiko and Asuka have a small talk. Asuka is a bit sad here, but that fades away with Kumiko's positive words. This is also shown with the animation. Right after that the lights gets turned on and the band start to play. Maybe it's not a big deal, but to me it were a sign that this wouldn't be their last competition and that they would even aim higher higher to the nationals after this. There is also many other good details that can be told, but I like to hold it short.
Overall throughout the movie the sound were good. It's a music anime so it's expected to have good sound. But what I loved is that they have picked the best music pieces for this recap movie. In the series, as far as I remember, there is much more practice and a lot more music good pieces are played. But I am glad they took the scene were Reina plays a solo piece on the top of a hill. The music shows the sadness that is engraved deep in her heart. By remembering the scene before she plays that piece and by the conversation Natsuki and Kumiko have during Reina playing that piece, it's shown in a great way how Reina is feeling in that moment. This scene is one of my top favorite from both the series and the movie. There also other scenes were emotion are shown through music. This is another reason why I think they did good work with the sound beside having the band playing amazing in the last scene.
As you maybe understand after watching this movie (or series for that matter) the whole anime is seen from Kumiko's eyes. So we get to know the characters mostly throughout her point of view. That's why most of us love either Reina or Asuka best. I agree they are both great characters, but personally I love Reina best. Reading others reviews I see they aren't so happy that Asuka didn't get so much screen time, but personally I don't care so much for that. Since this is all from Kumiko's point of view it's pretty obvious that Reina is the one that should get most screen time. So for me it makes sense. I think the other characters got enough screen time. Maybe Natsuki is the only one that should have got a bit more screen time, so I am maybe a bit sad about that. Otherwise the characters were good represented comparing it to the first season.
Enjoyment: 9/10: I think I enjoyed this movie more than I should, but I guess that's because I am also a big fan of Hibike! Euphonium. :D I agree that the series have a lot of more details, but if you want to watch the greatness of season 1, I recommend to rewatch this movie instead of rewatching season 1 once more. A lot of unnecessary moments are avoided in my opinion.
Overall 8/10: I think it deserve the same rating I gave to the series. Overall I think they have done a good job. I agree with people that the producers have skipped an important part of the season 1 (hint: the events that happened with Kaori and the rest of the second-year band members), even though it were mentioned a bit about it. I would be glad if they also made a recap movie of the second season and maybe add more details about this event.
Anyway, overall I think they did an awesome work with this movie and they have done a great job with recap the first season.
(Sorry if I made a too long review to give you all headache. :P I am not the type of guy who write reviews so it's really not my specialty. I usually only do it for some of the series I love most that I think deserve a review from me).
"I hope we make it to nationals. I've had that wish since middle school. But back then, I was only saying it. I never thought of actually trying to make it happen. I thought that it'd be stupid to get my hopes up, only to embarrass myself. But... Wishes don't come true unless you mean it when you make them."
I think many of us face this dilemma: to try our best with the possibility of failure or put in some effort and do average. At least I do. I am afraid of putting in all my effort and not achieve results which in a way
also proves my limit. I know it is stupid, but I still feel the way I do.
What I really like about this movie is that it tackles this (cliche) problem and motivates me in the process. The characters were enjoyable as well. My favourite one being Taki-sensei. His method of teaching his students and the respect and trust he gives them is admirable. He is strict but not demoralisingly rude. He thinks through and plans for how the students can improve instead of simply expecting them to practice more (because sometimes students don't know what to work on to be better and it makes them frustrated). I want teachers like that in my school.
As a person who didn't watch the first season of this anime, I thought everything was done pretty well except for the pacing. It moved very quickly that at some points, I couldn't relate and didn't feel for the characters. Otherwise, it is worth the watch. I will probably watch the first season because I want to know more about the characters.