Tsurune season 2 is back, and it’s on target! Whrum!
There is always a sense of excitement when we watch an anime produced by Kyoto animation. The studio has a unique way of drawing the viewers into the characters and their stories with a beautiful art style.
Kyoto Animation always has acclaimed praise for its character designs, subtle details, music, visuals, and backdrops. The perfect blend of emotions and connection with the viewers is a massive factor in their success.
Today s’ topic is also coming straight from their masterpiece vault in the form of Tsurune: Kazemai Koukou Kyuudoubu or simply Tsurune.
Tsurune is sports anime adapted from the light novel works of Kotoko Ayano by Kyoto Animation.
Tsurune is the sound made when the bowstring hits the bow when an arrow is shot during archery or Kyudo. The show’s backdrop is also based on this sound as the plot follows our protagonist Minato Narumiya who took up Kyudo as a child ever since he heard the Tsurune.
During his middle school days, he lost and let down his team due to his target panic, and he vowed never to release another arrow. Years later, Minato, now in Highschool is asked by friends to join the Kyudo Club, but he denies it because of his troubled past.
However, he is inspired to pick up the bow again when he sees the elegant draw of a senior shine priest, Masaki Takigawa. Fortunately for Minato, Masaki becomes the coach of the Kyudo club, and he finds out the fifth dan master also faced a similar problem of target panic.
Can Minato overcome his fear of missing the target and win his school the annual inter-school Kyudo contest is the central plot of the show.
Tsurune had been well received by the fans, who also hoped it would be renewed. Luckily, their wishes have been granted as Tsurune will return for a second season; keep scrolling to find out more on Tsurune Season 2.
Tsurune is rated 7.6.10 and ranked #1287 with 128k members on MyAnimeList.
WHAT IS THE TSURUNE SEASON 2 RELEASE DATE?
The first season of Tsurune premiered on 22nd October 2018 and ran for 13 episodes till 21st January 2019. A special OVA titled Dangerous Shoot was released on 3rd March 2019.
On 19th October 2022, the official Twitter account confirmed the renewal with a title, Tsurune: Tsunagari no Issha, followed by a key visual for the second season. On 26th August 2022, the Twitter account announced the Tsurune Season 2 release date as January 2023, followed by Tsurune Season 2 trailer.
The four-year delay for a second season is because the author had only completed two volumes when the first season was released. So, the series had to be on a break due to the lack of source material for the creator’s post-season one.
|Tsurune||22nd October 2018|
|Tsurune: Tsunagari no Issha||January 2023.|
While the studio doesn’t confirm the exact release date, the likely chances for the second season to drop will be the last week of January. Unless the creators make significant changes, it’s expected that Tsurune season 2 will be listed for 13 episodes.
The movie Tsurune: The First Shot or Gekijoban Tsurune: Hajimari no Issha received its first release in Japan on 19th August 2022.
Check out the Tsurune season 2 trailer below:
TSURUNE LIGHT NOVEL CATCHUP
Tsurune light novel is written by Kotoko Ayano and illustrated by Chinatsu Morimoto. Kyoto Animation published the light novel imprinted in KA Esuma Bunko on 26th December 2016. Usually manga is the most common source material but Tsurune manga isn’t available for the series.
Three volumes of the light novel have been released, with the latest issue coming out on 19th August 2022.The anime adapted the first volume and parts of the light novel’s second volume.
The series has also been released on Blu-ray, but it didn’t thrive sales-wise as only 838 units of volume one were sold.
TSURUNE SEASON 2 PLOT
In the final episode of season one, “Irreplaceable,” it all comes down to Minato and Fujiwara bringing home the gold for their respective teams. Kazemi High School’s club captain Seiya says he isn’t chasing Minato anymore but instead going along with him.
The childhood friends have been in constant verbal wars, but during the final moments, both patch up. We see Saioji, the former teacher of Fujiwara, and Minato has come to watch her two students.
The contest begins, and Fujiwara and Minato outscore all other contestants as the climax sets the two up against each other. In the final moments, both the archers fire their arrows, revealing that Fujiwara has missed his fourth shot while Minato has got all his on target.
Minato wins the competition but realizes Fujiwara had a target panic during his shot. The Kazemi Kyudo club celebrates their winning moment together as the episode ends with Minato saying, “For now, that’s all I need.”
The epilogue revealed that both Minato and Masaki were present during the scene where the former decided to take up Kyudo. It’s indicative of the different phases of their life wherein Minato begins his Kyudo journey while Masaki is facing target panic, just as Minato did in his later years.
Tsurune season 2 will pick up from where season one left off, and we will see our archers in their second year at Kazemi High School. As they excelled in the last year’s nationals, new members will become part of the team.
Likewise, Kirisaki Highschool will be flooded with new applicants looking to impress Fujiwara, particularly Kudou Takumi. But all is not smooth as we will also see a rift between the first years and the management.
As the archers come of age, they will have new beginnings filled with competition and high tail emotions.
TSURUNE CHARACTERS, CAST, AND CREW
The series is directed by Takuya Yamamura and written by Michiko Yokote.The characters are designed by Miku Kadowaki, and the music is composed by Harumi Fuuki. Kyoto Animation develops animation.
You can find the list of Tsurune characters and voice actors below:
|Seiya Takehaya||Aoi Ichikawa|
|Kaito Onogi||Kaito Ishikawa|
|Ryōhei Yamanouchi||Ryōta Suzuki|
|Nanao Kisaragi||Shōgo Yano|
|Minato Narumiya||Yūto Uemura|
|Noa Shiragiku||Ayaka Nanase|
|Tomio Morioka||Katsumi Suzuki|
|Minato’s mother||Kaya Matsutani|
|Shū Fujiwara||Kensho Ono|
|Manji Sugawara||Kōhei Amasaki|
|Ren Takigawa||Makoto Yasumura|
They say in archery, “A good archer is known not by his arrows but by his aim,” and this is what Tsurune season 2 will aim to do.