Jiji Press NISHINOMIYA, Hyogo (Jiji Press) — The brass band club of a high school in Kyoto Prefecture played a song with deep connections to Kyoto Animation Co. at a national baseball championship game on Tuesday to cheer for the school’s baseball team and show support for the company’s arson-hit studio.
Ritsumeikan Uji Senior High School’s brass band club played “Dream Solister,” the theme song of “Sound! Euphonium,” a popular anime title produced by Kyoto Animation, in the team’s game against Seiryo Senior High School at Hanshin Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.
Ritsumeikan Uji and the company’s headquarters are both located in Uji in Kyoto Prefecture.
The performance of the up-tempo song was meant not just to cheer for baseball players but to heal the broken hearts of people related to Kyoto Animation and anime fans following the arson attack in Kyoto, which killed 35 people last month.
About 80 students, consisting of members of Ritsumeikan Uji’s brass band club and those of Ritsumeikan Uji Junior High School’s, played multiple songs including “Dream Solister” in the third-base stands of the stadium.
The song was included in the support song list after the senior high school brass band club received a request late last month from a local resident calling for a song linked to Kyoto Animation to be played at the stadium. The anime work is about brass band club members of a fictional high school in Uji.