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: 8.211 (scored by 5724957,249 users)
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Ranked: #3682
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1614
Members: 142,984
Favorites: 2,770

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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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Apr 2, 2024
The plot of Liz and the Blue Bird is straightforward, but its narrative approach adds depth and nuance. By avoiding voice-over exposition of the characters' inner thoughts, the film allows the viewer to interpret their emotions independently. This fits seamlessly with the central theme of empathising with the feelings of others.

As for the animation, it's simply stunning.
The use of planes is well thought out, as is the drawing style, colour palette and post-production effects to create a more cinematic and analogue effect.

Having initially underestimated the significance of Liz and the Blue Bird in relation to the Hibike Euphonium series, it was pleasantly surprised by its ...
Jun 2, 2024
Mixed Feelings
Okay this is a different pace to the series it's spinning off from. The pace is slowing and it has a more washed out water pallet like colour. This is not a detraction, just a note. There is a lot of subtle character development and it's a notably slow paced story. Honestly it's a fantastic art piece, with great score and fantastic art, interesting character design, and intellectually I can see it's honestly a great movie.

That aside, I hated it.

Okay hate is probably a bit strong. I was bored out of my skull. It was an adult interpretation of juvenile ...
Oct 2, 2022
Good visuals and directing but this s**t is MADDD BORING. The picture book scenes were so boring it made me fall asleep. However i loved the characters! It is a spin off of hibike euphonium but much more boring. The art style was very crisp and appealing to the eye! It is also gay but cool. I can relate to mizore she is the goat. the goat ueuu poo byut goat cheese eaeaea dookie the anime made me feel warm but it was boring for the most part which is why i give it a 5 or 6 out of ten.

The story was very ...

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Poll: Liz to Aoi Tori Episode 1 Discussion ( 1 2 3 )
Ame_Sama - Apr 21, 2018
135 repliesby Nurguburu »»
Jun 15, 11:08 PM
does anyone actually care about these 2 characters?
GangsterCat - Jun 21, 2017
33 repliesby Nurguburu »»
Jun 15, 11:05 PM
Can I skip this?
shiro-seishun - Jul 8, 2022
22 repliesby Nurguburu »»
Jun 15, 10:59 PM
This is a masterpiece of arthouse cinema.
Greyleaf - Apr 27, 2020
24 repliesby Roqueiro »»
Jun 1, 8:03 PM
It is girls love?
DarKViVi66 - May 21, 2023
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