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Tsurune TV Anime Gets 2nd Season in January 2023

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Jun Fukuyama joins cast, Takuya Yamamura returns to direct

Kyoto Animation announced on Friday that its Tsurune television anime is getting a second season titled Tsurune: Tsunagari no Issha (Tsurune: The Connecting Arrow) that will premiere in January 2023.

Jun Fukuyama is joining the anime's cast as Eisuke Nikaidō (name romanization not confirmed). Returning cast members include Yūto Uemura as Minato Narumiya and Kensho Ono as Shū Fujiwara. Takuya Yamamura is returning to direct the new season.

A promo video will debut on August 26 at a stage greeting event for the Gekijōban Tsurune: Hajimari no Issha anime film.

The first television anime premiered in Japan on the NHK-General channel in October 2018. Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime and streamed the series on Crunchyroll and HIDIVE (with an English dub) as it aired in Japan. Sentai Filmworks released the anime on home video in January 2020. The release included an original video anime, an unaired 14th episode.

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?

The Gekijōban Tsurune: Hajimari no Issha (Tsurune The Movie: The First Arrow) film opened in Japan on Friday. Takuya Yamamura returned to direct the film at Kyoto Animation. Yamamura also wrote the script, with supervision by the television anime's scriptwriter Michiko Yokote. Miku Kadowaki returned as character designer. Masaru Yokoyama (new Fruits Basket anime, Your Lie in April) replaced Harumi Fuuki as the composer.

The anime franchise is based on Kotoko Ayano's novel of the same name.

Sources: Tsurune anime's website, Comic Natalie

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