A new key visual, a promotional video, more cast members, and the premiere date of the second season were all posted on the official website for Tsurune: The Linking Shot (Tsunagari no Issha).
After a successful adaptation in 2018, fans’ favorite studio Kyoto Animation is trying to split the arrow down the middle with Tsurune: The Linking Shot, a full-fledged second season for which a beautiful key visual and trailer have been released.
It was also confirmed that the series will launch in Japan on January 4 at 24:00 JST.
The anime will be streamed live on HDIVE as it airs.
CAST AND STAFF MEMBERS:
New cast members include:
- Jun Fukuyama as Eisuke Nikaidō
- Takayuki Kondō as Kōshirō Fuwa
- Yūya Hirose as Tōma Higuchi
- Yuichiro Umehara as Reiji Aragaki
- Yōhei Azakami as Kenyū Ōtaguro
Returning cast members include:
Yūto Uemura as Minato Narumiya and Kensho Ono as Shū Fujiwara.
Takuya Yamamura is returning to direct the new season.
Luck Life is performing the season’s opening theme song “℃” (pronounced “Do-Si”) and Tei is performing its ending theme song “Hitominaka.”
About Tsurune: The Linking Shot
Crunchyroll streamed the first season of Tsurune as it aired in Japan from October 22, 2018, to January 21, 2019, describing the series as such:
“When Narumiya Minato joins Prefectural Kazemai High School, he is quickly invited to join the archery club by the club’s advisor, Tommy-sensei.
His childhood friends Takehaya Seiya and Yamanouchi Ryohei swiftly agree to join, but Minato is hesitant at first.
Because Minato is the rare student with experience in archery, Tommy-sensei orders him to give a demonstration, which Minato does… except his arrow doesn’t hit the target.
It is revealed that Minato has developed a terrible dysfunction regarding archery. “
Pony Canyon USA describes the show’s story as:
“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 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.
The Tsurune The Movie: The First Shot (Gekijōban Tsurune: Hajimari no Issha) film opened in Japan on August 19.
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.
HIDIVE will release the film in theaters in the U.S. in 2023.
The anime franchise is based on Kotoko Ayano’s novel of the same name.