Minato Narumiya and his first-year kyudo buddies are returning on January 4, 2023, to chase that elusive tsurune sound once again.
Sports anime darling Tsurune is returning with a second season titled Tsurune: Tsunagari no Issha (The Connecting Arrow) next year, as confirmed by the anime’s official website on November 25, 2022.
Minato and his Kazemai High School Kyudo Club will aim for the Nationals next season, with higher stakes and new opponents.
- January 15, 2023: Complete rewrite.
- December 29, 2022: Added broadcast details and news; updated with a new video.
- November 25, 2022: Added confirmed release date, edited some sections to match the update; also added updates on new cast members and theme songs.
- September 5, 2022: Initial publishing.
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Tsurune Season 2 Release Date
Tsurune Season 2 Release Date
Countdown to January 4, 2023 at 11:00 AM (UTC)
The official website for the Tsurune anime confirmed on November 25, 2022, the second season’s broadcast premiere on January 4, 2023.
Tsurune season 2 will premiere on Tokyo MX on January 4 at midnight (basically, January 6 at midnight or January 4 at 10:00 a.m. EST); ABC TV will broadcast at 2:14 a.m. on January 5 (January 4 at 12:14 p.m. EST).
BS11 will air the new season on January 5 at 24:00 (or midnight of January 6, which is January 5 at 10:00 a.m. EST).
As reported on November 20, 2022, HIDIVE will also stream the anime as it airs.
Likewise, Aniplus-Asia announced on December 27, 2022, that it would air a simulcast of Tsurune: The Linking Shot.
The November 25, 2022, announcement also revealed a promotional video, a new visual, and additional cast members.
Information about the new season’s production was first disclosed by the cast during the stage greeting for the newly-released anime film Tsurune The Movie: The Beginning Arrow on August 19, 2022.
On the same day, the anime’s official Twitter account confirmed the news of the second season.
Kyoto Animation also released a key visual with the official announcement, later shared by Tsurune’s Twitter account.
Tsurune Season 2 Trailer
The production staff behind Tsurune: Tsunagari no Issha (The Connecting Arrow) released the anime’s second promotional video during an advance screening held on Christmas Day.
The new video gave fans a preview of the opening theme song, “℃” by Luck Life, and it featured returning cast members Yūto Uemura as Minato Narumiya, Kensho Ono as Shū Fujiwara, Shōgo Yano as Nanao Kisaragi, and Kaito Ishikawa as Kaito Onogi.
“Hitominaka”, the anime’s ending theme song, will be performed by Tei.
A month ago, on November 25, 2022, Kyoto Animation released the first PV, which revealed more scenes from the second season and a clearer view of the new adversaries of Kazemai High School Kyudo Club.
Additional cast members were also revealed.
In addition to the earlier reports of Jun Fukuyama joining as the VA for Eisuke Nikaido, other new cast members are Takayuki Kondō as Kōshirō Fuwa, Yūya Hirose as Tōma Higuchi, Yuichiro Umehara as Reiji Aragaki, and Yōhei Azakami as Kenyū Ōtaguro.
Most of the cast and staff from the previous season are returning for the new season.
Director Takuya Yamamura will return to direct Tsurune’s second season, as well as the main cast members Yuto Uemura and Kensho Ono, who voiced Minato Narumiya and Shu Fujiwara, respectively.
Tsurune Storyline and Season 2 Expectations
Tsurune: Kazemai Koukou Kyuudoubu is a refreshing addition to anime’s sports subgenre.
The anime’s elegant portrayal of its characters stands out, with its storytelling as graceful and introspective as the way of the bow itself.
Tsurune is the unique sound the arrow makes as it takes off from the bow.
Minato Narumiya is captivated by this elusive music and has been chasing this goal ever since he joined a kyudo (Japanese martial art of archery) club during his elementary days.
During a middle school kyudo competition, Minato suddenly suffers from a hayake (target panic), causing their team’s loss.
A traumatized Minato gives up kyudo and moves on while trying to stay away from the bow.
One night, an encounter at a hilltop shrine redirects Minato’s waning arrow and helps him gain confidence.
This serendipitous meeting with a mysterious man at the shrine restarts Minato’s kyudo journey.
The second season should pick up where it left off, with prefecture champs Kazemai High School Kyudo Club aiming for a higher stage.
New rivals and higher targets will drum up more developments for Minato and his friends.
Eisuke Nikaido will play an important role, and it’s up to the awaiting fans to wonder how this new character will enliven Minato’s life.
August 19th is a triple celebration for the series, with the announcement of the anime’s second season being one of the reasons.
The second cause for celebration was the Japanese premiere of the Tsurune movie adaptation Hajimari no Issha (The Beginning Arrow).
The third is the release of the Tsurune light novel’s 3rd volume, which means a 3rd season is on the horizon.
It should be remembered that the cause of the four-year delay for a Tsurune second season was the lack of source material.
Tsurune is based on the light novel written by Kotoko Ayano with illustrations from Chinatsu Morimoto. It was first published in December 2016 under KyoAni’s KA Esuma Bunko label.
Kyoto Animation later picked it up for a TV anime adaptation that premiered on October 22, 2018, running for 13 episodes.
A special OVA titled Dangerous Shoot was released on March 3, 2019, only a few weeks after Season 1 ended.