Yeah, this episode was a triumph. After four relatively low-key episodes, Euphonium finally let loose with an episode whose energetic first half was still dwarfed by its titanic performance segment. I obviously love the subtle stuff, but it sure is impressive to see what only this studio can do when they really let loose. Glad to have you here, Euphonium.
You can check out my full review over at ANN, or my notes below!
This episode demonstrates more energy than usual right from the start, with these goofy wipe transitions
Kumiko gets a compliment on her playing! And it’s a very Taki one – “remember how you just played that”
And we jump forward a MONTH! We’re already at the Kansai Competition!
The exit of these other teachers points to the awkward nature of adaptation. In a book, it’s perfectly reasonable to introduce bit players like this – in a show, they stick out a bit more
This scene on the train is ridiculous – relentlessly active direction, incredibly fluid animation. It’s almost disruptive in how actively composed it is
Although it works – Hazuki’s relentless motion emphasizes how she’s being upbeat for the sake of the others, in spite of really wanting to go
Kumiko almost pushed out of the frame by the preshow material on TV
The emphasis on feet as the window to emotional honesty, a Yamada tic carried over to her disciples
Really emphasizing their anxiety before the concert
Kumiko’s friend Azusa
This episode feels so frenetic
It’s really, really closely mirroring their own attitudes – I love how the teacher’s pre-performance “breathe” exercise is captured in full
Asuka at last takes a real leadership role – she wants Nationals that badly
Oh my god, Kumiko and Reina are flirting so hard holy shit
So many shots attempting to put us in their headspace. Nozomi pulling back the curtain
I love the focus on the photos on their music
God, her solo
Hahaha, and it just goes to credits after that. Holy shit. Holy shit
No other studio could get away with that. No other studio could just SHOW exactly how good their performance is. Jeeeezus
In a narrative sense, it’d be almost impossible for them to fail here. But I still cheered