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The first teaser trailer for Tsurune Season 2 was revealed on Friday along with staff information. Kyoto Animation will be animating the upcoming season that is set to premiere in January 2023. Takuya Yamamura is set to reprise his role as director for Season 2.
Tsurune Season 2
Yamamura reprising his role as director for Tsurune Season 2 is a good sign, but not shocking. As Kyoto Animation is famously known for keeping its production work in-house, Yamamura also has extensive work that’s been animated by the industry-renowned studio. He worked as an episode director for what’s argued as one of the greatest anime of all time in Violet Evergarden and also handled the storyboard for the studio’s most popular movie A Silent Voice. Yamamura was also in charge of episode storyboards for other popular Kyoto Animation titles such as Sound! Euphonium (Episodes 3 and 10 for both seasons) and Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (multiple episodes across both seasons).
The recent movie for the anime series titled Tsurune: Hajimari no Hitosa, which was released on August 19—the same day Tsurune Season 2 was officially announced—was also directed by Yamamura. Tsurune Season 1 began airing in October 2018 and ran for a total of 13 episodes that spanned into 2019, finishing with a special OVA.
A key visual was released for Tsurune Season 2 earlier this month which you can see below.
Tsurune Light Novels
The anime is an adaptation of the light novels created by Kotoko Ayano and illustrations by Chinatsu Morimoto. The first novel of the series went on to win a Special Judge Award at the 2016 Kyoto Animation Award Competition. The competition is an annual event held by the animation studio that’s been ongoing since 2010. Amateur and professional writers alike can submit their entries with the winners ending up having their work published under Kyoto Animation’s KA Esuma Bunko book label. Tsurune began publishing in 2016 under the book label and has since published a total of three volumes. The series has yet to be picked up by an English publisher.
The only series to ever win a grand prize at the Kyoto Animation Award Competition over the course of the past decade since the competition was announced is Violet Evergarden, which won the award in 2014. But other prize winners from previous years of the competition that received an anime adaptation such as Tsurune include, Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!, Beyond the Boundary, and Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club.
When Narumiya Minato joins Prefectural Kazemai High School, he is quickly invited to join the archery club by the club’s advisor, Tommy-sensei. His childhood friends Takehaya Seiya and Yamanouchi Ryohei swiftly agree to join, but Minato is hesitant at first. Because Minato is the rare student with experience in archery, Tommy-sensei orders him to give a demonstration, which Minato does… except his arrow doesn’t hit the target. It is revealed that Minato has developed a terrible dysfunction regarding archery.Official anime series synopsis by Crunchyroll
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