Sasaki and Miyano: Graduation Movie Receives Teaser Trailer and Visual, February 17 Release Date

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A 30-second trailer has been released for the Sasaki and Miyano: Graduation anime movie. A February 17, 2023 Japanese theatrical release date was revealed with it.

A commemorative illustration from the Sasaki and Miyano manga’s creator Shou Harusono and a teaser visual were released as well, while staff and cast details were announced.

Like the anime series, the movie’s staff includes Shinji Ishihira as director, Takahiro Ueno as assistant director, Maki Fuujī as character designer, Masaki Mayuzumi as art director, Imazato Katsuragi as color designer, and Kana Shibue (Devils’ Line) as music composer. Series composer Yoshiko Nakamura is serving as the movie’s scriptwriter, while Daisuke Horino (Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion Z) is taking over the photography director position. Studio Deen is in charge of the animation production again.

Meanwhile, the returning cast includes Yuusuke Shirai as Shomei Sasaki, Souma Saitou as Yoshikazu Miyano, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Taiga Hirano, Yuuki Ono as Jiro Okasawara, Yuuma Uchida as Masato Hanzawa, Ryouhei Arai as Tasuke Kuresawa, Mitsuhiro Ichiki as Gonzaburo Tashiro, and Nobunaga Shimzaki as Akira Kagiura.

The movie was announced in July this year and will be screened with a Hirano and Kagiura short. 

The Sasaki and Miyano manga began in 2016 and has nine tankoubon volumes as of July 2022. The anime series adaptation ran from January to March 2022 with 12 episodes. A sequel was announced after the final episode aired.

Yen Press describes the gay romance story as:

It all started like a typical old-school boys’ love plotline—bad-boy senior meets adorably awkward underclassman, one of them falls in love, and so on and so forth. But although Miyano is a self-proclaimed boys’ love expert, he hasn’t quite realized…he’s in one himself. Which means it’s up to Sasaki to make sure their story has a happily ever after…!

The Sasaki and Miyano manga has also inspired a spin-off manga featuring side characters Taiga and Akira, two light novels, and a drama CD. The Kadokawa-published manga is serialized on Gene Pixiv and published under the Gene Pixiv label. 

Source: KADOKAWAanime YouTube channel

Melvyn originally wanted to write about video games, and he did so for a few years, starting from his college days. He still writes about video games sometimes, but now focuses on anime-related news content and the occasional review. Some of his free time is spent self-learning Japanese, both out of interest in the language and because English-translated light novels and manga are expensive. Every anime season, Melvyn looks forward to discovering new standout episodes and OP/ED animation sequences, as well as learning about the storyboard artists and directors behind them.
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