This is my first proper IG anime review and I'm 100% sure there are a lot of flaws in this review but please bare with me.
The story is very simple. A highschool
band trying to get into the nationals and taking the gold home. It may sound boring but trust me, its not. This anime portrays the struggle of being in the band very realistically. From not being able to play well individually to not being harmonious with other band members. They showed countless scenes of them practicing and struggling that in the end, you can't help but cheer this band on to get into the nationals and thats what made the ending so amazing and heartwarming. Obviously in the end, (spoilers) they won gold and got into the nationals but even though I expected that to happen, it felt like as if I was there watching the results and was part of the band. Seeing them practise over and over and them trying to get over problems with other band members that the ending didnt feel cliche at all but instead It felt very heartwarming.
The story isnt the only reason why the anime was so great. No matter how great the premise is, if the character is bland and one dimensional, it wont go anywhere. Sound! Euphonium had an amazing cast that was surprisingly realistic. All of them has depth into them and even all the side characters that was introduced all had development in them to make us feel like they were actual human and not some bland anime character. Heck, even the band conductor had character development. All the main and side characters were all very rememerable and I love them.
The animation and the visuals was beautiful. By now, we should be expecting that generally because its KyoAni who made this. Compared to Violet Evergarden, the visuals aren't as good, but with its amazing story and cast, this anime simply out does Violet Evergarden.
The sound as well was fucking beautiful. The OP was catchy and the OST were fantastic.
In the end, I enjoyed this anime to the max. This anime is easily the best anime KyoAni ever made and Im look foward to what they are about to make next