This standalone OVA was originally a DVD special however it is now widely available on the web and currently (2021) can be seen on Crunchyroll. Events in the story take place simultaneously with those in the final episode of season one when the orchestra enters the regional competition. It focusses on what the backup team of ten girls did at this time. The girls are all the rejects who failed the auditions to get into the competition ensemble. However, they are still part of the orchestra club and, after a rousing pep talk from their teacher, they set about doing whatever they can to help the main team bring home gold. As the story moves focus onto a group that would otherwise become just bit-part this approach is quite refreshing. The girls never feel or act like failures. Their compatriots treat them as part of the team even if they have to take a train to the competition rather than take the coach with the main band. It is easy to be critical of season one of “Sound! Euphonium” due to its extremely thin plot but this “special” has a unique charm all of its own. It sets out with nothing to prove hence achieves more with its limited remit than the rest of the series manages to do over 13 episodes. Quite enjoyable if undemanding.