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Feel the Wind Novel by The Great Passage's Miura Gets TV Anime in October

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Robotics;Notes' Kazuya Nomura directs series about university marathon relay race

NTV opened a website on Thursday to announce that Shion Miura's Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru (Feel the Wind) novel is getting a television anime series that will air on NTV and BS-NTV in October.

Kazuya Nomura (Robotics;Notes, Joker Game, Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie) is directing the series at Production I.G. Shinchosha is credited with planning cooperation. Voice actor and The Kirishima Thing film scriptwriter Kohei Kiyasu is both writing and overseeing the series scripts. Takahiro Chiba (Occult Academy character designer, Haikyu!! chief animation director) is designing the characters.

The novel centers on the Tokyo-Hakone Round-Trip College Ekiden Race or "Hakone Ekiden," one of the biggest university marathon relay races in Japan. The race is held every year on January 2-3 and goes between Tokyo and Hakone and back, for a total run of of nearly 217.9 km (about 135.4 miles).

The anime will star Takeo Ōtsuka as Kakeru Kurahara and Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Haiji Kiyose.

Shinchosha published the novel in September 2006. The novel inspired a live-action film adaptation that premiered in October 2009. The film is available on Netflix Japan, and it describes the story:

A friendship between two sidelined athletes helps them return to their beloved sport and build a team for a competitive long-distance relay race.

A stage play adaptation also ran in January through February 2009. A six volume manga adaptation by Sorata Unno debuted in 2007 in Weekly Young Jump, then moved to Monthly Young Jump in 2008 and ran there until 2009.

Miura's The Great Passage (Fune wo Amu) novel inspired an award-winning live-action film directed by Yuya Ishii that opened in Japan in 2013. The film won the Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year in 2013. The book also inspired a television anime series that premiered in October 2016.

Source: Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru Anime's Official Website, Comic Natalie

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