Kyoto Animation announced on Saturday that Hibike! Euphonium will receive a new anime project which will centered on Kumiko’s third year in high school. The announcement came with a key visual drawn by the anime series character designer, Shoko Ikeda.
Ayano Takeda published Sound! Euphonium (Hibike! Yūfoniamu) ongoing novel in Takarajimasha’s Takarajimasha Bunko imprint in December, 2013. A manga adaptation illustrated by Hami was serialized on the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Web website from November 28, 2014 to October 30, 2015.
The first 13-episode television anime series premiered in April 2015. The 13-episode Sound! Euphonium 2 sequel series premiered in October 2016. The anime first film Gekijō-ban Hibike! Euphonium: Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-Bu e Yōkoso “flashback” premiered in April 2016. The anime compilation film Gekijō-ban Hibike! Euphonium: Todoketai Melody in September 2017. The Liz and the Blue Bird film opened in Japan in April 2018, and Sound! Euphonium The Movie – Our Promise: A Brand New Day (Hibike! Euphonium: Chikai no Finale), opened in Japan on April 19.
Hibike! Euphonium creator Ayano Takeda adapted Kumiko’s third year in high school story in two novels. The first novel was published on April 17, and the second novel will be released on June 22.
In the novels, the band once again focuses on getting gold at Nationals. Kumiko is the new band president, with her ex-boyfriend Shuuichi Tsukamaoto as vice president, and Reina Kousaka as the 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 competition circuit, and Sapphire’s former school.