Following the incredible success of A Silent Voice, director Naoko Yamada is wasting no time in throwing herself behind the steering wheel of a new anime feature film with the fan favourite studio Kyoto Animation (K-ON!). This time, the talented director is returning to franchise film with Liz and the Blue Bird, the third feature film based on the studio’s Sound! Euphonium franchise.
Alongside director Naoko Yamada, Liz and the Blue Bird will feature other notable key staff from A Silent Voice, such as screenwriter Reiko Yoshida (K-ON! The Movie), character designer Futoshi Nishiya (Hyouka) and music composed by Kensuke Ushio (Ping Pong: The Animation).
While the first two Sound! Euphonium anime films recapped the events of the two TV anime series, little is currently known about Liz and the Blue Bird other than its central focus on characters Nozomi Kasaki and Mizore Yoroizuka. A second film, directed by Tatsuya Ishihara (The Disapparance of Haruhi Suzumiya) focusing on Kumiko as a second year student is also set to open in 2018.
Liz and the Blue Bird is scheduled to release in Japan on 21st April, 2018. A UK release has yet to be announced. The two Sound! Euphonium TV anime seasons are currently available to stream on Crunchyroll, while a planned home video release by Anime Limited was recently cancelled.