Queerness and the Power of “Subtext” in Sound! Euphonium & Liz and the Blue Bird

Sound! Euphonium drew an audience of sapphic women due to the heavily implied romantic relationship between its two leads, but the show ultimately failed to deliver. Years later, however, the spin-off film Liz and the Blue Bird, centered around side characters Nozomi and Mizore, provides audiences with the explicit queer representation many Euphonium viewers found themselves lacking.