Hibike! Euphonium returns in P.A. Works HaruChika.
The lead of this preview may be a bit deceptive, but it’s the first impression I got from reading the premise. The story revolves around Haruta and Chika who try to save the wind club from disbanding. They are practicing hard to get enough members to keep on going. A mysterious event at their school happens and they(whoever that may be)are going to resolve the mystery. The books are a huge hit according to an article on Crunchyroll.
It’s rather difficult to say where the anime adaptation will be heading, so we’re going to break it down by looking at who are included in the staff. The original creator is Sei Hatsuno who doesn’t really have a proven track record. He has written one light novel before called PCP: Perfect Crime Party. The director of the anime series is Masakazu Hashimoto, who did the storyboard of the 13th episode of Angel Beats, the storyboard of the 9th episode of Nagi no Asukara and many more storyboard roles. Music is done by Shiro Hamaguchi who has done music for Hanasaku Iroha, Tari Tari and Galilei Donna.
Judging from the previous work of Sei Hatsuno and the hint to a ‘mysterious’ event in the synopsis of HaruChika, leads me to believe this series will be a mystery meets high school genre themed anime. This isn’t anything to really be rooting for since we’ve seen this many times before in for example Hyouka, who presented us with beautiful visuals and an innovative narrative within a saturated high school setting.
I have a problem with these kinds of series nonetheless, since the mysteries are often times of little significance to the viewer and there is no real graphic material to trigger fear or disgust with the viewer, which more or less a given in crime related series. Psycho-pass created a thriller around its main mystery with quite the graphic display of said material. On the flipside, it makes the show less accessible for mainstream viewing.
Judging from the preview, I have no doubt that P.A. Works will deliver another marvelous performance. Yet, concerning the story, it’s too early to tell and when considering the cast there is no real definitive label to smack on HaruChika. Many directors have their personal artistic touch or way of conveying the story. HaruChika will air in 2016.