Encouragement of Climb: Next Summit Gets Teaser Trailer, 2022 Release Date

Encouragement of Climb: Next Summit (Yama no Susume Next Summit), the next entry in the Encouragement of Climb series, has received a teaser trailer and is set to premiere in 2022 in Japan.

It was also announced that the new anime will include a new character named Koharu, who is voiced by Emiri Iwai. Koharu is the head of the mountain climbing club at protagonist Aoi’s school.

The returning staff for Next Summit includes director Yūsuke Yamamoto and character designer Yūsuke Matsuo. Eight Bit is once again the animation production studio. 

Meanwhile, the returning cast from previous Yama no Susume seasons include Yuka Iguchi as Aoi, Kana Asumi as Hinata, Yōko Hikasa as Kaede, Yui Ogura as Kokona, and Nao Tōyama as Honoka. 

Next Summit is based on the ongoing Yama no Susume manga series by Shiro, which began in 2012 and released its 20th volume in April 2021. Prior to Next Summit, the manga received three anime seasons and several OVA episodes. 

Crunchyroll describes the series as:

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?

Sources: KADOKAWanime YouTube channel, Yama no Susume: Next Summit website

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