Kono Oto Tomare!

Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life

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Synonyms: Stop This Sound!
Japanese: この音とまれ!
English: Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life
German: Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life
Spanish: Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life
French: Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life
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Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 2019 to Jun 30, 2019
Premiered: Spring 2019
Broadcast: Sundays at 01:00 (JST)
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Platinum Vision
Source: Manga
Genre: DramaDrama
Themes: MusicMusic, SchoolSchool
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.931 (scored by 119347119,347 users)
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Ranked: #7122
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Popularity: #779
Members: 301,836
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Gen Kudou, a koto maker, believes that his delinquent grandson Chika would never understand the profoundness of the traditional musical instrument. In an attempt to make up for his naivety and understand the words of his late grandfather, Chika tries to join the Tokise High School Koto Club.

Even though the club is in dire need of members, new club president Takezou Kurata is unwilling to easily accept Chika's application due to his bad reputation. Nonetheless, after seeing Chika's seriousness and enthusiasm, Takezou allows the problem child to join, along with koto prodigy Satowa Houzuki and three of Chika's energetic friends. Kono Oto Tomare! follows the merry band of musicians as they aspire to play at the national competition.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Cook, Justin
Herek, Samantha
Assistant Producer
Mizuno, Ryouma
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Takakuwa, Hajime
Sound Director


Opening Theme

Apple Music
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"Tone" by Shouta Aoi

Ending Theme

"Speechless" by Yuuma Uchida


Oct 28, 2023
It's not anything flashy, but it's heartwarming and sweet

So it's about diverting expectations, proving others wrong, doing your best despite everything. what pleasantly surprised me was that the side characters who were designed to look, act and sound like mobs were actually legit characters of their own, all while still maintaining their,,, humble appearances. A lot of emphasis on hard work. The "hardwork vs genius" problem is done beautifully and despite me thinking the trope is overdone, i loved it in Kono Oto Tomare.

But also it's not the best adaptation, but the koto playing is beautiful. And by it's not the best it's just a ...
Jan 1, 2024
Mixed Feelings
I really enjoyed the first season of Kono Oto Tomare!

When I first watched the anime I was so confused about the beginning of the story but after finishing the whole first episode it started becoming more interesting to watch that I can't stop watching. Some people might probably not like music genre anime, but for me this was my first music genre anime and I really liked it alot, and the fact that it also has some romance part in it makes it even more better.
The backstories of every character is good and way more realistic than most animes nowadays.

Kudou's smile somehow reminds me of ...
Jun 29, 2019
Glancing at the promotional poster for “Kono Oto Tomare!” had me confused, that’s because I thought the students were holding bazooka’s. Which could have made sense given the American name, “Stop the sound.” Despite my lack of knowledge of the koto, however, I soon realized that splattered body parts would be a rare occurrence. Quite a shame, I know.

Musical-centered anime follow a similar framework to sports anime. The participants usually start with mediocre talent and low expectations, but through the power of bullshit (i.e. friendship), they overcome all/most obstacles in pursuit of their goal. Like when the vice principal challenged ...

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