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There was a moment's stillness then, as to shatter it, the trumpets' melody Then, layered above it, the flutes' solo came in The tubas' thick sound shook the air.I will try not to use too many superlatives, but still descriptions like that are one of the reasons I like reading.The plot of the book revolves around Kumiko, a high school student from Kyoto, her friends and the whole high school concert band in which they play In the beginning of the book, the band plays horribly, and its members couldn't care less about it However, it starts to change with the arrival of a new conductor, which goal is to reach the national concert band competition The author put an effort in the explanations about the different instruments, the skills needed to play them and the various types of practices (Solfege, Ensemble and so on); it can be easily seen that the writer had some experience in concert band, which makes that bookfun to read.Kumiko's inner struggles are very wellportrayed, and as a high school student, I can really relate to them The side characters especially Kumiko's friends are also wellthought of, unique and realistic, and they are portrayed better than in the anime From the shy Midori to manipulative Asuka, each character was round and developed and has his own unique style.What I liked the most about the book is the writing style Takeda knows not only how to write an interesting story, but also how to describe its setting and the elements in it extremely well It was quite surprising, that the parts in which the band plays were as good as in the anime, in which there was actual music!All in all, this is one of my favorite books I expected a novelized version of the anime series by Kyoani but was pleasantly surprised Whenever you have enjoyed the anime or are searching for a good YA novel, I think you will enjoy this book very much!
[[ E-pub ]] ⇧ 響け! ユーフォニアム 北宇治高校吹奏楽部へようこそ ⇗ After a terrible experience in her past at the National Music Band Competition, Kumiko abandoned music once and for all She starts her first year at Kitauji High School, she finds herself being roped back in But their school's band is hopeless There was a time where they had placed well in nationals, but now they can't even make it past their regional qualifiers In the midst of all of this, Kumiko meets the last person she'd ever want to see again, Reina Will Kitauji High manage to pull itself together with the day of the concert drawing ever closer?! A highly enjoyable read I hope the sequels and spin off novels get translated by Yen Press soon I loved the anime and the book did not disappoint at letting me relive the story Kumiko is an interesting lens to see this world through, as she's a type of main character I have not often seen She's not strongwilled, independent, passionate, outgoing, brave, or any such thing She's quiet, lacks selfconfidence, afraid to have any real dreams for fear of having them crushed, dislikes conflict and goes out of her way to just go with the flow to avoid conflict, and not all that passionate initially Because of this initial lack of self confidence, she has a lot of room to grow and I liked her development over the course of the novel She comes to realize she is passionate about music, really passionate, and finally allows herself to fully embrace a goal even in the face of potential disappointment But in the end she's still Kumiko and she doesn't change unrecognizably, and still has a lot of room to grow I definitely highly recommend the anime if you liked the book Being able to hear the music performed certainly adds a lot to the story, although I did like the way the music was described in the novel This novel is the source material for the anime, and they did an amazing job of adapting it They added a lot to the characterization in the anime and a lot of humor that was not present in the novel In regards to the translation, it is mostly well done, with the descriptive passages reading well Occasionally the characters' lines sound unnatural in English, however, and the translator is inconsistent with the way the characters refer to each other The translator decided to drop all Japanese words like senpai, kouhai, san, chan, etc., which is fine in general, but this novel is set in a Japanese high school and not a fantasy world, so you lose a lot of cultural and social nuance by dropping these The characters sometimes use first names and sometimes last names when referring to each other, which is confusing It just seems like the translator couldn't decide to fully commit to either the Japanese way or the American way in which people refer to each other For example, Kumiko refers to her euphonium senior, Asuka, just by her first name, even on the day she meets her, which is a bit jarring if you have any knowledge of Japanese culture However, her other senior and the club president were mostly referred to by their last names (Gotou and Ogasawara) I see a lot of manga keep these titles and just have a little explanation at the end for those unfamiliar with the terms Overall though, this is a personal preference of mine in translated works and it's not a huge issue. Though the prose is perhaps overly deferential to the original Japanese (the dialogue oddly enough is slightly better localised) the power of the original work comes through keenly, with the author's love of music and Kumiko's own abrasive but genuine personality all coming through quite satisfactorily There is an odd lack of balance which explains some things in the show though Shuichi for instance here is better explored but stillof an afterthought, whereas Kumiko's relationship with Reina gets almost no play for half the book and then suddenly leaps to where the anime has sort of primed you to expect it to be It's a great companion book to the anime, but also leads you to appreciate better how the anime really added to and improved the strong foundations that the novel and its characters laid. In this inspiration for Kyoto Animation’s beloved show, Kumiko is a high school freshman at Kitauji High School who’s chosen to go to a school with few of her former middle school classmates so that she can “reinvent” herself But Kumiko isn’t quite sure what reinventing herself means here, she’s not even sure if she wants to join a new club or continue with the concert band like she did in middle school (although she’s certainly turned off by Kitauji’s horrid performance) Thanks to new friends and new teachers however, Kumiko and the rest of the concert band are in for their most demanding year ever.Usually when I review a light novel I’ll mention which episodes of the anime it correlates to Sound! Euphonium, however, is unusual in the fact that this slim book made up the basis for all 13 episodes of the first season of the anime Reading this book it’s really hard to see how the anime created 13 episodes out of it but I don’t want that to be the focus of the discussion here I will say however that I was rather struck at how different my interpretation of the main character, Kumiko the euphonium player, was between the anime and this volume.In the anime Kumiko seems like a snarky teenaged girl who isn’t quite bored and isn’t quite philosophical but who seems to think a littledeeply than you would expect from a 15 year old I truly saw the young woman she would become; Kumiko too often would let a blunt truth come out of her mouth but it was something her friends, especially trumpet player Reina, valued her for It was easy to see how Kumiko would learn to becomecareful with the wording all while continuing to observe the world raptly and she was a easy to sympathize with main character.In this volume however Kumiko feels a littleshallow and typical Her musings are less present and she seems evenpulled along by her friends than in the anime In short, Kumiko (in this volume at least) feels even less sure of her place in the world and this quite honestly makes her less relatable.In both versions of the story Kumiko is not the most talented member in the club (or even her brass section), the most dedicated, or even the most experienced member But in the anime this didn’t conflict with her status as the main character as Kumiko’s past experience in concert band and her status as a freshman member of Kitauji’s band let her stand on both sides of the band’s many underlying tensions, seniority vs talent and drive to win vs urge to enjoy their time But in this volume this makes her feel evenadrift since she never takes a major role in the conflicts nor do they seem to affect her as much.Sound! Euphonium is a series so it would make sense to say “well this is only the beginning of the characters’ growth, there’scoming!” Except that author Ayano Takeda has said that it was after seeing the finished anime that she began to write sequels. When Kyoto Animation optioned this series it was a oneshot, there was no further promise of growth So what seemed like foreshadowing with some of the side characters, like Kumiko’s section leader Asuka, waslike coincidence And so I feel, rather bizarrely, that not only the adaptation surpassed the original but it also inspired the original to create !Taken solely on it’s own, this is a perfectly fine sliceoflife light novel about a girl living in contemporary Japan without the slightest trace of fantasy, a rarity in the American light novel market these days! But I cannot help but compare it to the brilliance of the anime and how it used its additional time to flesh out side characters even further I’minterested than ever now to read the other volumes in this series (and, if Yen Press would kindly license it, the spinoff about the Rikka High School marching band) to see how Takeda continued to take this work Helen So I never participated with the series, but I had seen imagery and heard some things I anticipated some Yuri vibes, and some of the scenes definitely can be read into that way though there's no definite homosexual character relationships going on yet.Kumiko is not the most likable of protagonists because she has these glaring flaws, particularly her go with the flow / majority attitude Kumiko doesn't make choices in her life; she follows the guidance of a sibling to the band, then reenters band in Highschool at the persuasion of friends Her instrument is not her choice in either band either She doesn't have that selfconfidence, not only in herself but in others to help her succeed Just a very sad character, but she also remains difficult to empathize with since her go with the flow attitude leads her to doing dubious things, like eavesdropping and talking behind a teacher's back.The rest of the cast is a hodgepodge of some memorable characters, but a lot of similar physical characteristics and cliched girlish conversationalists The ones that stand out as significant are Reina (childhood friend female who is a musical prodigy), Shuuichi (fellow childhood friend), Asuka (Kumiko's section leader), along with the two newfound friends, Midori and Hazuki Outside of them, there are a variety of characters that enter and exit the stage, like Yuuko, Kaori, Ogasawara, Aoi, and Natsuki Again, most of these characters have black hair as a descriptive element, which doesn't do much for the reader, so you kind of have to imagine what they look like on your own to make them stand out from each other (there's no pictures in this book). I'll admit I came to this book because I loved the anime and I wanted to relive/compare to that and boy did this book not disappoint Yes, the anime had amazing animation and music, but this book provesthan anything that the strength of this story comes from its characters.Its a very simple story, following a high school band that at the beginning is pretty terrible, but with their new director they begin to improve and soon start to think they might have a chance at the big competition at the end It's a story that has been done plenty of times before, but its the people involved that make it special The way the characters are written, the way they interact and develop, it's simply wonderful.Kumiko, our main character, is my favourite because I completely get her I get her indecisiveness, her desire to not make waves and just go with the flow and it so heartwarming to see her slowly getting sucked into the band and the excitement, all the way until she herself believes that she can actually do this and even admit as much This is a story about a school band, but its also a story about a young girl finding out what she really wants. I loved the anime so this is not an unbiased review Reading this bright back many familiar images from what was a gorgeous and highquality KyoAni show.I came for the Kumiko/Reina and was delighted that the scenes from the anime did in fact come from the book The scenes with Shuuichi and the feelings for Taki are still there, but the way Kumiko talks about Reina, the way she feels when she's with Reina, idk I just think it speaks for itself.Many light novels are about gaming, so reading one about people and their feelings was a very pleasant change This made me think a lot about my own experiences in middle and high school band, too.I really hope that the other books by this author get translated into English, too I would love to read them. This novel was adapted into an anime series a few years ago that was a favorite of mine, and reading the original work (newly translated into English this year) reveals just how much of the strengths of that series came from the book.Sound! Euphonium is equally interested in conveying the emotions experience of being in a high school musical group as it is in the comingofage story of its protagonist, Kumiko and it's very good at both The passages that describe performances, in particular, are flowing and lyrical in a way that reveals the strength of this translation Basically, reading this book made me nostalgic for high school orchestra in the best way It's good! A slice of life book where there's not a satisfying payoff It also has lesbian baiting.Really there just too much technical infodumps that take up a lot of what this book is and Kumiko is very much not a part of what's going on Everyone else around her is having the drama play out, but she herself isof an observer.Also it sexualizes middle school to high school girls and that's gross Reina has a crush on her teacher as well to add to the grossness Really Taki, the teacher, is pretty much the male POV character.