8. Hibike! Euphonium
Synopsis/Plot Summary: An incident at a middle school brass band competition caused euphonist Kumiko Oumae to enter high school looking towards a fresh start, sans her trusty euphonium. Much to her chagrin, the brass band isn’t an easy thing to escape from as even in high school she’s surrounded by people interested in the brass band. Fate pulls Kumiko back into the world of her euphonium, thanks to the help of her bandmates that give her the motivation to play once again. Backed by her resurfaced love for music, Kumiko still has to face the hurdles of high school like everyone else; dealing with romance, realizing her dreams, and even her past that caused her to originally give up the euphonium.
7. Nodame Cantabile
Synopsis/Plot Summary: First class musician Shinichi Chiaki excels at both piano and the violin. A perfectionist at heart, he strives to become a conductor, playing among the elites of Europe. The only thing keeping his dreams from taking off, however, is his actual fear of flying. In Shinichi’s fourth year attending Japan’s top music university, he encounters Megumi Noda, a seemingly unkempt girl who prefers to go by “Nodame”. After hearing her play first-hand, Shinichi is left in awe and then dismay upon seeing her home, discovering Nodame is actually his neighbor. It’s going to be a whole new challenge for Shinichi to fend off an infatuated Nodame who’s quickly fallen in love with him (especially when she plays such beautiful music), but she just might be the one to give him the wings he needs.