Liz to Aoi Tori

Liz and the Blue Bird

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Synonyms: Gekijouban Hibike! Euphonium: Mizore to Nozomi no Monogatari, Hibike! Euphonium: The Story of Mizore and Nozomi, Hibike! Euphonium Movie: Mizore to Nozomi no Monogatari
Japanese: リズと青い鳥
English: Liz and the Blue Bird
German: Liz und der Blaue Vogel
French: Liz et L'Oiseau Bleu
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 21, 2018
Licensors: Eleven Arts, Ponycan USA
Studios: Kyoto Animation
Source: Novel
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama
Themes: MusicMusic, Performing ArtsPerforming Arts, SchoolSchool
Duration: 1 hr. 30 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.191 (scored by 5196351,963 users)
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Ranked: #3642
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Popularity: #1615
Members: 134,379
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Liz's days of solitude come to an end when she meets a blue bird in the form of a young girl. Although their relationship blossoms, Liz must make a heart-wrenching decision in order to truly realize her love for Blue Bird.

High school seniors and close friends Mizore Yoroizuka and Nozomi Kasaki are tasked to play the lead instruments in the third movement of Liz and the Blue Bird, a concert band piece inspired by this fairy tale. The introverted and reserved Mizore plays the oboe, representing the kind and gentle Liz. Meanwhile, the radiant and popular Nozomi plays the flute, portraying the cheerful and energetic Blue Bird.

However, as they rehearse, the distance between Mizore and Nozomi seems to grow. Their disjointed duet disappoints the band, and with graduation on the horizon, uncertainty about the future spurs complicated emotions. With little time to improve as their performance draws near, they desperately attempt to connect with their respective characters. But when Mizore and Nozomi consider the story from a brand-new perspective, will the girls find the strength to face harsh realities?

A spin-off film adaptation of the Hibike Euphonium! series, Liz to Aoi Tori dances between the parallels of a charming fairy tale, a moving musical piece, and a delicate high school friendship.

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The film won the Noburou Oofuji award for creative expression at the 73rd Mainichi Film Awards.

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Senami, Riri
Yamada, Naoko
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Apr 22, 2018
"Liz to Aoi Tori" is essentially a side story to the "Hibike Euphonium" series, and from the very start, it fully embraces that role. Fans of the TV anime will likely find themselves despairing over the limited screen-time of their favorite cast members, inching forward in their seats as Kumiko, Reina, and the rest of the now-second-year ensemble teasingly jump in and out of picture for only moments at a time. This minor frustration will only be temporary, however, as we're forced out of that frame of mind, into the soft, melancholic lens of our focal point in this movie: Mizore. Although this story exists ...
Dec 6, 2018
Mixed Feelings
It's nearly impossible for someone interested in the anime industry not to have heard of Yamada Naoko. Her personality-focused direction on K-On! is arguably what turned it into a hit and raised it above its contemporaries. More recently, she directed Koe no Katachi, a film that seemed to signal a move into a more art-house style with unusual shot compositions, a minimal soundtrack and a meandering pace. While the film had many flaws, its personal message resonated with a lot of people, further shining a light on Yamada's talent.
With this in mind, it was clear that Liz to Aoi Tori would be well received, even ...
Nov 25, 2020
Animation-wise and directing, absolutely phenomenal. Unfortunately, the writing was just straight up bad in most aspects. The core romance was really powerful, definitely a good character dynamic there on the compositional level, and some strong emotions are brought out, but the actual characterization, the dialogue, the structure, etc. was just really subpar. The picture book scenes also didn't really do anything worthwhile and could have been abbreviated to dialogueless 20 to 30 second chunks if they really needed to be there.
Regardless, it's easy to do this kind of character animation-driven storytelling wrong, especially since it often feels gimmicky, but KyoAni has always done it impeccably

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This is a masterpiece of arthouse cinema.
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Can I skip this?
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