Kyoto animation announced on Tuesday that the planned theatrical anime of “Ensemble Concert” is one of its own Sound! Euphonium anime will open in Japan in the summer of 2023. The anime is titled Tokubetsu Hibike! Euphonium: Ensemble competition.
Kyoto animation previously teased that the “Ensemble Concert” arc would get a “medium” anime (longer than a short, shorter than a feature). The anime will have both theatrical releases and a Blu-ray Disc release.
Tatsuya Ishihara returns to direct the anime on Kyoto animation.
Kyoto animationits adaptation of Kumiko’s third year in high school will air in 2024.
Original light novelist Ayano Takeda published the story of Kumiko’s third year of high school in two novel volumes. The first volume aired in April 2019 and the second volume aired in June 2019.
Note: The next section contains spoilers for the novels.
In the novels, the band once again focuses on getting gold at Nationals. Kumiko is the new band president, with ex-boyfriend Shuuichi Tsukamaoto as vice president, and Reina Kousaka as drum major. As with the previous year, new first years enter the band with their own quirks, chief among them being Maya Kuroe, a euphonium player from Seira Girls School. Maya is a formidable presence in the school’s competitive circuit, and Sapphire’s former school.
The first 13-episode television anime series for the franchise premiered in April 2015. Crunchyroll streamed anime as it aired, and Ponycan USA released the series on home video. Anime inspired Gekijō-ban Hibike! Euphonium: Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-Bu e Yōkoso “flashback” movie in April 2016.
The 13th episode Sound! Euphonium 2 the sequel series premiered in October 2016. Crunchyroll again the series steamrolled while airing and Ponycan USA released the series on home video. The sequel series inspired Gekijō-ban Hibike! Euphonium: Todoketai melody compilation film in September 2017.
Kyoto animation then announced two new anime films for the franchise in 2017. The Liz and the Blue Bird film focusing on Mizore Yoroizuka and Nozomi Kasaki opened in Japan in April 2018. Eleven arts showed the film in US theaters with English subtitles and an English dub in November 2018. Reveal! Factory released the film on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in March 2019.
The other new film, Sound! Euphonium The Movie – Our promise: A brand new day (Hibike! Euphonium: Chikai no Finale), opened in Japan in April 2019. The film follows Kumiko as a second-year student. Eleven arts screened the film in the US in July 2019, and released the film on home video in June 2020.
Sources: Kyoto animation‘s YouTube channel, cartoon Natalie