Learn Japanese with Anime: “Sound! Euphonium” (Intermediate Level)


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93% Outstanding

This anime is a masterpiece. This is an outstanding work. While faithfully reproducing the actual state of Japanese school club activities "brass band club", it directly depicts the youth storytelling of high school students. It is extremely valuable to have such a rich world view, story development, and animation of a group of characters. Kyoto Animation provides the best quality drawings and backgrounds. If you've shunned it with the title "Euphonium" then watch it. It's easy to see why the anime is praised as an outstandingwork.

  • Story/Worldview 100 %
  • Character 100 %
  • Animation/Background 95 %
  • Songs/Sound 80 %
  • Originality/Enjoyment 90 %
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1. Information

Title (Eng)Sound! Euphonium
Title (Jpn)響け! ユーフォニアム
Aired Year2015
SequelSound! Euphonium 2



2. Synopsis

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.

From the studio that animated Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu, Kyoto Animation’s Hibike! Euphonium is a fresh and musical take on the slice-of-life staple that is the high school student’s struggle to deal with their past, find romance, and realize their dreams and aspirations.

Source: https://myanimelist.net/anime/27989/Hibike_Euphonium?q=SOUND!



3. Intermediate can Learn Japanese with This Anime

This work is not easy with 5.8 words, but most of these words are related to brass band and club activities. Other common words used by high school students. Therefore, unless you understand the words of a wind instrument or club, you cannot enjoy this work. However, the genre of difficult words is fixed, so it will be easy to prepare for Japanese. However, the words of the brass band club are not common words. For this reason, we recommend Intermediate learners. Japanese learners up to Elementary should learn other words and challenge this work if they like music.


Difficult Terms Occurrence Rate 5.9 terms/episode= 76 / 13
Difficulty Level12th grade= High School
Total Difficulty Score70.8 points= 5.9 * 12
Comprehensive JudgmentNormalin 70 to 129.9 points
Recommended Japanese LearnerIntermediate 




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