‘Tsurune: The Movie – The First Shot’ is getting a new streaming home for North American audiences when it was announced that the sports anime flick will be added to the HiDive catalog. The film is directed and written by Takuya Yamamura who based it on the light novel series ‘Tsurune’ from author Kotoko Ayano and illustrator Chinatsu Morimoto.
“There’s a lot of sports dramas out there and the good ones really nail that blend of character development, team dynamics, and the thrill of competition. ‘Tsurune: The Movie – The First Shot’ is no exception and you can watch it Sunday, June 18,” HiDive said on their website.
Produced by Kyoto Animation, the movie was distributed by the Japanese film studio Shochiku and who released it in Japan on August 19, 2022.
Miku Kadowaki was tapped to join the film as the character designer with Masaru Yokoyama handling the score.
You can watch the trailer below:
The voice cast for the film includes:
- Minato Narumiya voiced by Yuto Uemura
- Masaki Takigawa voiced by Shintarō Asanuma
- Seiya Takehaya voiced by Aoi Ichikawa
- Ryouhei Yamanouchi voiced by Ryōta Suzuki
- Nanao Kisaragi voiced by Shōgo Yano
- Kaito Onogi voiced by Kaito Ishikawa
- Shuu Fujiwara voiced by Kensho Ono
Otaku USA describes the synopsis as follows,
“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.”
The film is a midquel set in between the archery anime ‘Tsurune’ and its sequel series ‘Tsurune: The Linking Shot.’ Kyoto Animation produced all three iterations of the TV series as well as published the manga.
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