Sound! Euphonium: Welcome to the Kitauji High School Concert Band (響け! ユーフォニアム 北宇治高校吹奏楽部へようこそ Hibike! Euphonium Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-bu e Yōkoso) is the first volume in the Sound! Euphonium novel series published by Takarajimasha on December 5, 2013. An official English edition was published by Yen Press on June 20, 2017.
The Kitauji High School Concert Band used to be a competitive ensemble, even making it to All-Japan Band Competition nationals. However, since the band director changed, they have not even advanced to the Kansai Regionals. However, under the strict instructions of the newly appointed director Noboru Taki, the band members find themselves steadily improving as they face daily ups and downs, including students fighting over solos or quitting the band to prioritize studies over band activities. Regardless, the day of the prefecture competition finally arrives.
It's okay to get serious, right?
A touching story of 'sound' that depicts teenage concert band girls growing emotionally and mentally in ways that cannot be acquired from classes alone! Let all sounds become one!
Kumiko Oumae and her friend Azusa Sasaki sit and wait for the results that will tell whether they qualify for nationals or not. Kumiko and Azusa are very nervous, explaining that they might die from the suspense. Many people have their gazes fixated in the same direction.
After hearing that Kitauji has earned dud gold rating, everyone cheers and screams things like 'We did it!' or 'It's gold!' Kumiko is spacing out, but Azusa embraces her and Kumiko smiles. Azusa then leaves to go share the news with a friend. Everyone seems satisfied-- even Kumiko's director.
Kumiko then meets Reina Kousaka crying next to her. Kumiko asks if she is crying tears of joy, to which Reina reveals that she is furious, and does not like that everyone is pleased with just gold, especially since they were aiming for nationals. Kumiko skeptically asks Reina “Did you really think we could make it to Nationals?”. Reina wipes her tears and runs off.
Whenever Kumiko thinks of her last band competition in junior high, she remembers Reina's tears, and feels an urge to run from the shame and embarrassment she felt that summer.
Chapter 1 - Hello Euphonium
Chapter 2 - I'm Back Festival
Chapter 3 - Welcome Back Audition
Chapter 4 - Goodbye Prefectures
- Kumiko enrolls at Kitauji High School.
- Kumiko ends up meeting Reina again.
- Kumiko becomes friends with Sapphire and Hazuki.
- Kumiko plays the euphonium again.
- 響け! ユーフォニアム 北宇治高校吹奏楽部へようこそ [Hibike! Euphonium Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-bu e Yōkoso] (in Japanese). Takarajimasha.
- Sound! Euphonium (light novel): Welcome to Kitauji High School Concert Band.Yen Press.
|Sound! Euphonium by Ayano Takeda|
|Kitauji High School|
|Rikka High School|