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Sound! Euphonium: Welcome to the Kitauji High School Concert Band

(響け!ユーフォニアム #1)

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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 ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 20th 2017 by Yen On (first published December 5th 2013)
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Niquie
Unlike the usual light novels that get licensed Sound! Euphonium is a slice of life story that focuses on band competition and has a female lead.

Please let this be a sign that more female lead light novels will be licensed. Please.

This is the first book of a series, but it ends with enough closure that even if the second book never gets translated it's fine.

I don't really know what to say about this book. Props to Yen On for licensing it, that was a surprise. With all the fantasy killing game
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Benjamin
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA readers
"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 m
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Eressea
相當於動畫第一季的劇情
京阿尼把男生的戲份大幅降低了
不過整體氣氛跟動畫還是很像~
看不太出香織有啥腹黑的感覺啊
小說結束在京都大賽晉級,不知道麥田會不會繼續出
至少出到全國大賽吧!!!
Aqua
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: japan, light-novels
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 strong-willed, independent, passionate, outgoing, brave, or any such thing. She's quiet, lacks self-confidence, afraid to have any real dreams for fear of having them crushed, dislikes conflict an ...more
Patrick Lum
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 still more of an afterthought, whereas Kumiko's relationship with ...more
Terrence
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ba
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Chris Joynson
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 proves more than 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
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ribbonknight
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved the anime so this is not an unbiased review. Reading this bright back many familiar images from what was a gorgeous and high-quality 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 ab
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Nathan
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 coming-of-age story of its protagonist, Kumiko --- and it's very good at both. The passages that describe performances, in parti
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Maverynthia
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: jp-books
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 is more of 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 mu
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Kiri
Dec 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
DNF: Page 64
And thus I have discovered a new disinterest in light novels. I did not connect with the characters nor the story and it was like pulling teeth to read it. I'd much rather read the manga, if there is one. (When I initially bought the book I thought it was a manga. When I unwrapped it and discovered it wasn't, I gave it a shot.)
Rebecca
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
This is definitely one of the better-written light novels to be released in English, with more focus on character development and less awkward description.


Full review eventually appearing on ANN.
Cate (The Professional Fangirl)
This took a while to finish because Anime Expo 2017 happened. The anime adaptation is one of my all-time faves and the source material did not disappoint.

Docking off 1 star because of the not so low key queer-baiting.
Cristina Martí Ruiz
Me ha costado acabarmela pero no ha estado nada mal.
Justus Stone
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Click on the link to view my Review of Sound Euphonium Book 1
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