The mountain climbing anime ‘Encouragement of Climb’ has been renewed for a fourth season, subtitled ‘Next Summit,’ since its hiatus in 2018, though it is billed as a new show with most returning staff and cast.
“HIDIVE announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to Encouragement of Climb: Next Summit,” they said on their website. “Staff and cast from past adaptations of this charming series have reprised their roles, including studio 8bit (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime) and returning director Yusuke Yamamoto (Welcome to the N.H.K.). Yusuke Matsuo (The IDOLM@STER 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, Yoko Hikasa (Mio Akiyama in K-ON!) as Kaede Saito, Yui Ogura (Kokoro in The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!) as Kokona Aoba, Nao Toyama (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.”
‘Encouragement of Climb: Next Summit’ will premiere on October 5th, 2022.
You can watch the trailer for the show below:
In 2017, the show also received a television film in the form of an OVA titled ‘Encouragement of Climb: Omoide Present.’
Anime Corner describes the synopsis as follows,
“Aoi prefers indoor hobbies and is afraid of heights, but her childhood friend Hinata loves to show off her passion for mountain climbing. As young children they once watched the sunrise from the top of a mountain, and now they’ve decided to take up mountain climbing in hopes of seeing that sunrise again. They have cooking battles with mountaineering gear, climb small hills in their neighborhood, and meet new mountaineering friends as they learn the ropes of the hobby. When will they finally see that sunrise again?”
The anime is based on the slice-of-life manga series written and illustrated by Shiro. It has been published by Earth Star Entertainment since August 2011.