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HIDIVE Acquires 'Encouragement of Climb: Next Summit'

HOUSTON, TX — SEPTEMBER 21, 2022 — HIDIVE announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to Encouragement of Climb: Next Summit, a new adaptation of the mountaineering manga of the same name in Comic Earth Star magazine. The series will premiere exclusively on HIDIVE this fall.

Aoi Yukimura's fear of heights won't hold her back in the next adaptation of Encouragement of Climb! Joined by fellow mountaineering enthusiasts, including the spirited Hinata Kuraue and the other climbers they've met on their journey to great heights, Aoi and friends tackle tough challenges and conquer new summits while they embark on adventures throughout the mountain ranges of Japan. Fans new to the franchise will get to know the world of Encouragement of Climb via a selection of compilation episodes that reintroduce fan-favorite characters and beloved moments from the series. Later episodes contain all-new stories that continue the tale of Aoi and her ambition to overcome her fears and achieve her dreams.

Staff and cast from past adaptations of this charming series have reprised their roles, including studio 8-Bit (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime) and returning director Yūsuke Yamamoto (Welcome to the NHK). Yusuke Matsuo (The [email protected] Cinderella Girls) provides character design. The series stars Yuka Iguchi (Mako Reizei in Girls und Panzer) as Aoi Yukimura, Kana Asumi (Komari Koshigaya in Non Non Biyori) as Hinata Karaue, Yōko Hikasa (Mio Akiyama in K-ON!) as Kaede Saito, Yui Ogura (Kokoro in The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!) as Kokona Aoba, Nao Tōyama (Rin Shima in Laid-Back Camp) as Honoka Kurosaki and Emiri Iwai (Mei-Mei Xiang in Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld Part 2) as Koharu.

The future home video release of Encouragement of Climb: Next Summit will be distributed by and available from Sentai.

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HIDIVE, the newest addition to AMC Network's portfolio of targeted streaming services, offers the best in anime and live-action entertainment to both die-hard otaku and burgeoning fans of Japanese pop-culture. In addition to its extensive library of movies and episodic series, each season HIDIVE brings a new selection of the latest titles from Japan in both simulcast and exclusive DUBCAST™ editions – all of which can be viewed on a wide array of platforms including web browsers, smartphones, TVs, streaming devices and gaming consoles. For more information on HIDIVE or to sign-up for a free 7-day trial, visit www.HIDIVE.com.

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