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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Kyoto Animation's Tsurune Anime

posted on 2018-10-23 12:47 EDT by Karen Ressler
Archery-themed anime premiered on Crunchyroll on October 21

Sentai Filmworks announced on Tuesday that it has licensed Kyoto Animation's television anime of Kotoko Ayano's Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu (Tsurune: Kazemai High School's Archery Club) novel in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South America, and other territories. The company plans to release the series digitally and on home video.

The anime premiered in Japan the NHK-General channel on October 21, and Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs.

Pony Canyon USA describes the show's story:

The story opens with Minato Narumiya beginning his freshman year at the local Kazemai High School.
Mr. Tommy, advisor to the Japanese archery Club, is keen to recruit Minato, as well as his childhood friends Seiya Takehaya and Ryohei Yamanouchi. Ryohei convinces the reluctant Minato to attend the Club's orientation, where he also meets Kaito Onogi and Nanao Kisaragi.
Singling Minato out, Mr. Tommy introduces him as a rare Japanese archery talent and asks him to demonstrate in front of everyone. However, Minato's arrow fails to hit the mark because he is afflicted by a serious condition… Minato, Seiya, Ryohei, Nanao and Kaito.
Japanese archery brings them together. What will they attain as they struggle through their beautiful, yet “bitter” youth?

Takuya Yamamura (Violet Evergarden episodes 7 and 12 director, Sound! Euphonium episodes 3 and 10 director) is directing the anime as his series directorial debut, while Michiko Yokote (Shirobako, Children of the Whales, Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san) is in charge of series scripts. Miku Kadowaki (Beyond the Boundary, Amagi Brilliant Park, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid) is designing the characters. Harumi Fuuki (Miss Hokusai, The Piano Forest) is composing the music. Lantis is credited for music production.

Luck Life performed perform the opening theme song "Naru," and ChouCho performed the ending theme song Orange-iro" (The Color Orange).

The first novel received a Special Judge Award in the novel category at the 7th Kyoto Animation Awards in 2016. Kyoto Animation then published the book under its KA Bunko imprint in December 2016 with illustrations by Chinatsu Morimoto. KA Bunko released the second novel on February 9.

Source: Press Release


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