The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes Wins Anime Movie of the Year at 10th Anime Trending Awards

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The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes has won Anime Movie of the Year at the 10th Anime Trending Awards. 

The film’s victory marks director Tomohisa Taguchi’s second win at the Anime Trending Awards, having previously received top honors at the 2021 Anime Trending Awards for his directorial and screenwriting work on Akudama Drive

The film upset Makoto Shinkai’s critically acclaimed Suzume by 144 votes, which placed second overall on the Anime Movie of the Year nominees list. 

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The full list of Anime Movie of the Year nominees include: 

  1. 1. The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes [9,716 votes]
  2. 2. Suzume [9,572 votes]
  3. 3. Kaguya-sama: Love is War – The First Kiss That Never Ends [8,648 votes]
  4. 4. Laid-Back Camp Movie [6,882 votes]
  5. 5. Boku ga Aishita Subete no Kimi e [6,753 votes]
  6. 6. Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san The Movie [6,495 votes]
  7. 7. Inu-Oh [3,056 votes]
  8. 8. Goodbye, Don Glees! [1,915 votes]
  9. 9. Backflip!! The Movie [1,112 votes]

The full results of the 10th Anime Trending Awards can also be viewed here

Taguchi directed and wrote the screenplay for The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes, with Tomomi Yabuki (Pompo: The Cinephile co-sub character designer) as character designer and chief animation director, and Harumi Fuuki (The Deer King) as music composer. CLAP was in charge of the film’s animation production. 

Meanwhile, the film’s main voice cast includes:

  • • Oji Suzuka as Kaoru Tono
  • • Marie Iitoyo as Anzu Hanashiro
  • • Tasuku Hatanaka as Shouhei Kaga
  • • Arisa Komiya as Koharu Kawasaki
  • • Haruka Terui as Mr. Hamamoto
  • • Rikiya Koyama as Kaoru’s Father
  • • Seiran Kobayashi as Karen Touno 

The anime film is based on the original light novel, written by Mei Hachimoku and illustrated by Kukka. It was published by Shogakukan under the Gagaga Bunko label on July 18, 2019. The light novel also won the Gagaga Award and the Special Judges Award at the 13th Shogakukan Light Novel Awards. It also received a 2020 manga adaptation titled The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes: Ultramarine by Koudon. Seven Seas Entertainment licensed both the light novel and manga adaptation for an English release in 2022. 

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Sentai Filmworks screened the film in U.S. theaters on November 3, 2023, before releasing the film on its HIDIVE streaming service on January 2, 2024. 

HIDIVE describes the synopsis of The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes as: 

Kaoru Tono 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. One 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 Hanashiro, 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? 

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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