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Kono Oto Tomare!: Sound Of Life – Plot Execution Worth the Time

From what is Koto to WOW! Koto

This Review is for Both 1st and 2nd Season of Kono Oto Tomare! aka Sounds of Life

If you have been following the website, must have come across the last post Your Lie In April. Subsequently following the emotional roller coaster, I fall in love with sounds and started looking for anime that can potentially fill the void that has been created by the aforementioned series. Hence, hooked up with Kono Oto Tomare or Sounds of Life. Both the anime are similar in few perspectives however, different in many ways at the same time. While the former paint an individual as a protagonist Kono Oto Tomare! focuses on Tokise High School Koto Club who are aiming for nationals. Yes! national; vibes similar to Haikyuu. The anime is built upon simple clichéd high school club plotline however, it instantly differentiates the series by the use of Koto.

Koto is a traditional Japanese instrument made out of wood and comprised of 13 or 17 Strings. The series revolves around Chika, Satowa, Kurata, Kurusu and their exchange with the peers, surroundings and other casts. All the main characters carry different traits, responsible for making the series interesting and locking the fresh feel in it. Kono Oto Tomare! is simple yet are relatable Slice of Life, Shonen Anime that is somewhat underrated in comparison despite an extravagant execution of the plot.

CharactersVoice Artist
Chika KudouYuuma Uchida
Satowa HouzukiAtsumi Tanezaki
Takezou KurataJunya Enoki
Hiro KurusuSara Matsumoto
Suzuka TakinamiDaisuke Namikawa
Tetsuki TakaokaYoshimasa Hosoya
Notable Characters


The Animation quality of the series is vibrant and the pellet used is unique to the series. The series consists the optimal no of the frames and keeps it intact in the 13+13 episodes run. The animation revolves around the real-life events and the imagination, both are executed brilliantly. The overall animation quality is good, however, there aren’t any notable animation moments except the hand movements.
The character designs are beautiful and look adorable. Moreover, the background characters are designed also to speak up the effort and care put in the series.

The overall sound animation is par but the Koto playing is literally heavenly. The sound work is superior and make the series stand out in every possible way. The tracks used lingers days after the series and tones seem like wind passing trough the heaven to sum it up Sound stay on top surpassing the character exchange.

Our Ratings For The Anime

Kono Oto Tomare

Kono Oto Tomare
8 10 0 1
Total Score
Sound Work

The Good

  1. Definitely loved the Sound work
  2. Definitely liked the character design
  3. Definitely liked the excution of plot.

The Bad

  1. Clichéd high school club plot
  2. Not a Weekly ?

Where Can I Watch Kono Oto Tomare! aka Sounds of Life?

Kono Oto Tomare is available for watch in Japanese and English dub with relevant subtitles on Hulu and Funimation

When Will 3rd Season of Kono Oto Tomare! Will release?

Kono Oto Tomare! Season 3 hasn’t been announced yet. However, The Season 2 end with a cliffhanger and leave a lot of room talk about in the next season. Moreover, the demand for the next season anime is pretty high due to the popularity of the manga.

As a speculation, If Sounds of Life Season 3 is announced then the release date will probably fall in fall 2021.

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