The award-winning supernatural romance anime film ‘The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbye’ was released in Japan in the Fall of 2022 and is now coming to the United States. Produced by the Japanese film studio CLAP, the movie is directed by Tomohisa Taguchi and is based on the 2019 light novel series by Mei Hachimoku and the illustrator Kukka.
Sentai Filmworks announced that they would be bringing the movie to North American theaters for a limited release.
“Ready for a breathtaking cinematic experience, anime fans? We are too, and that’s why we’re here to remind you that The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes movie is coming to theaters. The film from director Tomohisa Taguchi just had its North American premiere at Otakon (July 28-30, 2023) in Washington, DC,” they said in a statement.
You can watch the trailer below:
The movie won the Paul Grimault Award at the 2023 Annecy International Animation Film Festival.
Anime Planter describes the synopsis as follows,
“Tono Kaoru heard a rumor: The laws of space and time mean nothing to the Urashima Tunnel. If you find it, walk through and you’ll find your heart’s desire on the other side…in exchange for years of your own life. On the night Kaoru just so happens to find himself standing in front of a tunnel that looks suspiciously like the one the rumor describes, he finds himself thinking of Karen, the sister he lost in an accident five years ago. To Kaoru’s surprise, he’s been followed by the new transfer student Anzu Hanaki, who promises to help him experiment with the mysterious tunnel–but what does she want from Kaoru in exchange? And what will he have left to give, after the tunnel’s done with him?”
The Japanese publisher Shogakukan released a four-part manga version of ‘The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbye’ that was illustrated by the artist known as Koudon in 2020.
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