Break of Dawn movie release date confirmed for October 2022 by trailer PV

Break of Dawn main protagonists Yūma Sawatari and Nanako. Pic credit: The Break of Dawn official website

It has been confirmed that an anime movie adaptation of the SF manga Break of Dawn will be released in October 2022.

The Break of Dawn manga (ぼくらのよあけ, Bokura no Yoake), written and illustrated by Tetsuya Imai, was serialized in Kodansha’s Monthly Afternoon from January to October 2011. The chapters have been collected into two tankōbon volumes.

The precise premiere date has not been disclosed, so stay tuned!

The Break of Dawn anime movie: what we know so far

That the Break of Dawn animated movie was in production was announced back in March 2022. No additional information was provided at the time, but now we know the cast and the seiyuu (voice actors) for the main characters.

The Break of Dawn cast is, as follows:

  • Zero-G (Dive!!) — production
  • Tomoyuki Kurokawa (PSYCHO-PASS) — director
  • Takahiko Yoshida — animation director, character design
  • Dai Satō (Cowboy Bebop) — script
  • Pomodorosa — concept design
  • Masaru Yokoyama (Urusei Yatsura 2022) — music

Sugisaki Hana (Bleach’s Rukia Kuchiki) will voice the main character Yūma Sawatari and Aoi Yuki (I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level’s Azusa) will voice Nanako.

A second trailer showing the two main protagonists of the series (Yūma Sawatari and his robot Nanako) has been revealed. Take a look:

The first glimpse at character design has also been made available on the Break of Dawn anime movie’s official website.

Nanako character design. Pic credit: The Break of Dawn official website
Yūma Sawatari character design. Pic credit: The Break of Dawn official website

The first Break of Dawn trailer was revealed in March when the manga adaptation was first announced:

At the time, Tetsuya Imai drew an illustration to celebrate the announcement.

Imai’s illustration to celebrate the Break of Dawn anime movie announcement. Pic credit: Twitter

The Break of Dawn manga

As mentioned above, Break of Dawn (ぼくらのよあけ, Bokura no Yoake) is an SF manga by Tetsuya Imai. It was serialized in Monthly Afternoon from January to October 2011, with all chapters having been collected in two tankōbon volumes.

The plot is set in the year 2049 when a collision with a large-scale comet is expected to take place. Yūma, a boy obsessed with space and the collision, and his robot Nanako who can only do basic household chores are in focus.

One day, when Yūma asks Nanako about space, a lost alien ship hacks into the robot’s system. The extraterrestrials ask Yūma to help them get back home. Needless to say, the extraterrestrials are somehow connected to the impending collision, but how exactly?

On a side note, Imai is also the author of the award-winning Alice & Zoroku (アリスと蔵六, Arisu to Zōroku) manga that began serialization in December 2012 in Tokuma Shoten’s magazine Monthly Comic Ryū. Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed the series for English audiences. The manga inspired a TV anime adaptation that premiered in April 2017 and was streamed on Crunchyroll and Funimation.

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