Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life

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  • TV-14
  • 2019
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.0  (1,240)

Kono Oto Tomare! is a heartwarming anime series that centers around Koto Club, a traditional Japanese music club in a high school, and their journey to become the best in the country. The show will take you on an emotional roller coaster as the students work hard to learn and master playing the koto, a traditional Japanese string instrument.

The story begins with guitar-loving Chika Kudo, who joins the Koto Club on a whim after hearing about the club's difficulties in recruiting members. Chika has just transferred to the same school as the club's sole member, the serious and hard-working Takezo Kurata. Initially, Chika is not interested in the koto and sees it as an outdated instrument that is not worth his time. However, he quickly changes his mind as he witnesses Takezo's passion and dedication to playing the koto.

As the story progresses, more students join the club, including the shy and reserved Satowa Hozuki, who is a talented koto player, but has a difficult time expressing her emotions.

Together, the Koto Club members face challenges that go beyond mastering the koto. They are confronted with interpersonal struggles such as dealing with family issues, building confidence, and making friends. The anime not only showcases the students' passion for the koto, but it also explores how their growth as individuals contributes to their success as a team.

The voice acting in Kono Oto Tomare! is superb, with notable performances from Amber Lee Connors as Satowa Hozuki, Alejandro Saab as Chika Kudo, and Daman Mills as Takezo Kurata. The dialogue is well-written, and the characters are all well-developed, making it easy to connect with them.

The animation in Kono Oto Tomare! is also exceptional, with stunning backgrounds and character designs that bring the story to life. The koto playing scenes are especially well-animated, with intricate shots that showcase the beauty of the traditional Japanese instrument.

One of the things that sets Kono Oto Tomare! apart from other anime series is its focus on traditional Japanese music. The show gives viewers a glimpse into the world of koto, a traditional instrument that has been enjoyed in Japan for centuries. The music itself is beautiful and soothing, making it a great show to watch when you need to unwind.

Overall, Kono Oto Tomare! is a fantastic anime series that is well worth watching. It is heartwarming, emotional, and offers a unique perspective on traditional Japanese music. The characters are all likable, the voice acting is exceptional, and the animation is stunning. Whether you're a fan of anime or just looking for a new show to watch, Kono Oto Tomare! is definitely worth checking out.

Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (26 episodes). The series first aired on April 9, 2019.

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Starting Line
13. Starting Line
December 28, 2019
All the performances have finished, and now everyone awaits news of who will go to nationals. Which school will win first place? Also, did Satowa's feelings reach her mother? Can they reconcile?
12. Tenkyu
December 21, 2019
"Don't forget why you want to go to nationals"... With those words by Takinami in their hearts, each member of Tokise High School koto club takes the stage.
Beyond the Right Answer
11. Beyond the Right Answer
December 14, 2019
Himesaka Girls' Academy gave a powerful performance. Now it's time for Hakuto High School to take the stage. Will they give a performance that's the "right answer"? Or will it be different this time?
Champions' Resolve
10. Champions' Resolve
December 7, 2019
After overcoming the ordeal of their loss at the Japanese traditional music festival and spending so many hours practicing hard, the Himesaka Girls' Academy's koto club finally takes the stage at the national qualifier.
Morning of the Showdown
9. Morning of the Showdown
November 30, 2019
The day of the qualifier for nationals has finally come. Seeing other students upon their arrival at the venue, the Tokise koto club members realize that they're all there seriously aiming to go to nationals.
Meaning and Role
8. Meaning and Role
November 23, 2019
The members of the koto club have started thinking about what Takinami said: the meaning and role of their sound. In the meantime, Dojima arranges a meeting with the senior members of the Hozuki School.
Another Chance
7. Another Chance
November 16, 2019
After telling Takinami that she'd quit as a koto teacher, Akira goes to the club room to find that something is different with the koto club members' sound. During the practice, Takinami stops by and asks Akira and Satowa to play together.
6. Confrontation
November 9, 2019
Previously, Akira told Satowa that there was no need for Satowa to receive any lessons from her. Her attitude shows that she has resentment towards Satowa. What is it that she is carrying deep in her heart?
Their Determination
5. Their Determination
November 2, 2019
Takinami decides to have Akira Dojima be the koto instructor for the club. Since she's from the Hozuki School, the club members have some reservations about her becoming their koto teacher at first.
4. Reunion
October 26, 2019
The piece for the qualifier has been decided. It's the piece that Satowa played at the National Koto Competition. Since Takinami's arrangement requires two 17-strings, Satowa goes to see her mother to borrow one.
Their Time
3. Their Time
October 19, 2019
On Tokise's school festival day, Takezo gets a surprise visit from the previous koto club president. He tells her that there are now seven members in the club and suggests that she come listen to their performance at the gym.
Become Aware
2. Become Aware
October 12, 2019
After lunch, Satowa and her friends from her class start talking about boys. Since koto has been the center of her life, she cannot follow the conversation and later asks Hiro if she's weird compared to other girls.
A Step Forward
1. A Step Forward
October 5, 2019
Tokise High School's koto club finished their performance. Despite the mistakes in the first half, they made a remarkable comeback in the second half. Now, they nervously await the results of the competition.
Where to Watch Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life
Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life is available for streaming on the Tokyo MX website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life on demand at Amazon, Hulu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    April 9, 2019
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (1,240)