HIDIVE Screens The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes Anime Film in Theaters Fall 2023

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HIDIVE recently announced that it will screen The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes anime film in theaters this coming Fall 2023. The company also released a new English-subtitled trailer to accompany its announcement. 

HIDIVE first confirmed it would be screening The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes in 2023 last year. The film had an early North American premiere at Otakon 2023 in July 2023. The company also announced that an English dub will be made and ticketing information for the screenings will be revealed at a later date. 

Tomohisa Taguchi (Akudama Drive and Bleach Thousand-Year Blood War Arc director) is directing and writing the film, with Tomomi Yabuki (Pompo: The Cinephile co-sub character designer) as character designer and chief animation director, Saori Gouda (Princess Connect! Re:Dive Season 2) as color designer, Yuuki Hatakeyama (Summer Time Render co-art director) and Daiki Kuribayashi (Toilet-bound Hanako-kun) as art directors, Kou Hoshina (Pompo the Cinephile co-photography director) as photography director, and Harumi Fuuki (The Deer King) as music composer.

Other staff members include Kanji Miyake (Pompo: The Cinéphile assistant director) as unit director and Seiji Tachikawa (Idolish Seven Third Beat!), Tomomi Yabuki (“Mado wo Akete” music video), Michio Hasegawa (Shadows House), and Yasuhisa Katou (Pompo the Cinephile) as animation directors. CLAP is handling the animation production. 

Meanwhile, the voice cast includes Ouji Suzuka as Kaoru Tono, Marie Iitoyo as Anzu Hanashiro, Tasuku Hatanaka as Shouhei Kaga, Arisa Komiya as Koharu Kawasaki, Haruka Terui as Hamamoto, Rikiya Koyama as Kaoru’s father, and Seiran Kobayashi as Karen Tono.

The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes is based on the light novel written by Mei Hachimoku, with illustrations from Kukka. It was first published by Shogakukan under the Gagaga Bunko label on July 18, 2019. The light novel was awarded the Gagaga Award and the Special Judges Award during the 13th Shogakukan Light Novel Awards. 

The novel has also received a manga adaptation titled The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes: Ultramarine by Koudon. It ran in Monthly Sunday Gene-X and MangaONE app from July 18, 2020 to November 19, 2021 for a total of four tankoubon volumes. Seven Seas Entertainment releases both the light novel and manga series in English. 

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HIDIVE describes the synopsis of the film as: 

Urashima Tunnel – Once you enter that tunnel, you can get whatever you want, but at a price. Kaoru Tono, who seems to have an elusive personality and traumatic past, and Anzu Hanashiro, who is struggling to reconcile her ideal image and true-to-heart attitude, team -up to investigate the Urashima Tunnel and get what they want. This is an unforgettable summer story of nostalgia and sprinting in a remote countryside.  

Source: HIDIVE press release, Anime News Network

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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