Sound! Euphonium Comments: Main Staff Members

This is the sixth and final piece in a series where I’ve translated the interviews with the staff in the Sound! Euphonium official fanbook. This has been a very enjoyable experience to translated the words from many people we don’t often hear from in anime production. I hope this has given you as a reader more insight into the various aspects of production of one anime series. This final piece has comments regarding production from various staff members from the backgrounds to the music production. Please enjoy this one last time. Continue reading

Sound! Euphonium Interview: Chief Animation Director/Character Designer Shoko Ikeda

This is a surprising 5th entry in the series of interviews I’m translating from the Sound! Euphonium official fanbook published last week by Takarajimasha. It’s surprising because my original goal was to only complete the previous 4 entries, but the story felt unfulfilled. To that end, I decided to translate the final two pieces to complete the tale. Here is the interview with the person who oversaw all the episodes as animation director and designed the characters for the anime. Continue reading

Sound! Euphonium Comments: Producers

This is the fourth in a series of posts where I’ve translated the various staff interviews about Sound! Euphonium from the official guidebook published by Takarajimasha last week. This post, unlike the others thus far, is a compilations of mini-interviews with the various producers for the show. It’s rare to hear from this side of production, so I hope you enjoy reading these comments from the people who make everything happen via arranging things together. Continue reading

Sound! Euphonium Interview: Composer Akito Matsuda & Music Producer Shigeru Saito (translated)

This is the third of a series of interviews with various staff members of Sound! Euphonium that was published in the Official Fanbook released by Takarajimasha on September 23.

Composer x Music Producer

Akito Matsuda

Composer/Arranger. Composed music for Baka and Test, Natsuiro Kiseki, and Love, Chunibyou, and Other Delusions.

Shigeru Saito

Music Producer at Lantis. Began work as a producer with Kyoto Animation’s productions and has since produced music for countless anime titles. Continue reading

Sound! Euphonium Interview: Jukki Hanada (translated)

This is the second of a series of interviews with various staff members of Sound! Euphonium that was published in the Official Fanbook released by Takarajimasha on September 23.

Series Composer:

Jukki Hanada

Scriptwriter. Notable works include Beyond the Boundary, Love, Chuunibyou, & Other Delusions, and Steins;Gate (series composer for all).
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Sound! Euphonium Roundtable: Director Tatsuya Ishihara, Series Director Naoko Yamada, & Author Ayano Takeda

This is a translation of the (long) roundtable discussion between Director Ishihara, Series Director Yamada, and Author Takeda that was published in the Sound! Euphonium Official Fanbook (published on September 25, 2015 by Takarajimasha). Thanks to @yuyucow, @tadamari, and @animenewsdotbiz for their comments and reviews.

Director x Series Director x Author Roundtable


Tatsuya Ishihara
Anime director at Kyoto Animation. Previous works directed include Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai!, Nichijou, and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

Series Director:

Naoko Yamada
Anime director/animator at Kyoto Animation. Previous works directed include K-On!, Tamako Market, and the award-winning Tamako Love Story.


Ayano Takeda
Author. Debuted with “Today, We Breathed Together” in 2013. Also in 2013, Sound! Euphonium was published; currently there are 3 volumes and a collection of shorts published. Continue reading

Full Metal Panic! All Stories Blu-Ray Box review

In 1998, Shoji Gatou’s second novel series Full Metal Panic! began serializing in Fujimi Shobo’s Dragon Magazine before being published in their Fantasy Bunko label. This work became popular and so Kadokawa Shoten’s producer Atsushi Ito began work to have it made into an animated series. He was able to get two more adaptations created following the first series’s conclusion before the main novel series ended in 2011. In October 2013, Kadokawa celebrated the 15th anniversary of the novels by publishing a special Blu-ray Box that contained all 3 anime adaptations of the series. I’ll be reviewing that box while commenting on some of the previous releases. Continue reading