HIDIVE made a thrilling announcement on Thursday, revealing its plans to screen the anime film “The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes,” directed by Tomohisa Taguchi, in theaters this fall. The film is based on Mei Hachimoku and Kukka’s beloved young adult novel, “Natsu e no Tunnel, Sayonara no Deguchi.” Although HIDIVE released an English-subtitled trailer, fans will have to wait for the English dub.
The highly anticipated film had its Japanese debut in September 2022, starring Ōji Suzuka as Kaoru Tōno and Marie Iitoyo as Anzu Hanaki. Excitingly, Otakon held a special screening of the English-subtitled version on July 29.
HIDIVE secured the licensing rights for the film, and the story follows Kaoru Tohno, haunted by a mysterious past, and Anzu Hanashiro, struggling to balance her true self with societal expectations.
Together, they embark on a journey to explore the enigmatic Urashima Tunnel, where desires come true, but with a price. Set against the backdrop of a remote countryside, the film weaves an unforgettable summer tale of nostalgia and self-discovery.
Tomohisa Taguchi, known for works like “Akudama Drive,” “Kino’s Journey – The Beautiful World,” and “Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna,” directed the film at CLAP (Pompo: The Cinéphile). Besides directing, Taguchi also wrote the script and storyboard, alongside Kanji Miyake, serving as the line director. Tomomi Yabuki, the character designer and chief animation director, along with a talented team of animation directors including Seiji Tachikawa, Akio Hasegawa, and Yasuhisa Katō, brought the characters to life on the screen.
The melodious score for the film was composed by Harumi Fuuki, renowned for works like “Miss Hokusai,” “Forest of Piano,” and “Tsurune.”
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As a testament to its popularity, Seven Seas Entertainment acquired the rights for both the original light novel and its manga adaptation. Mei Hachimoku released the novel in July 2019, accompanied by Kukka’s captivating illustrations. The novel earned the impressive rank of #9 in the bunkobon category of Takarajimasha’s 2020 edition of “Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!” guidebook. Additionally, Koudon’s manga adaptation premiered in Shogakukan’s Sunday GX magazine in July 2020, concluding its run in November 2021.
Source | HIDIVE