The upcoming SF anime movie Break of Dawn will be released theatrically in October 2022, as confirmed via the anime’s official website and Twitter account. The exact date hasn’t been revealed yet, so stay tuned.
Alongside this revelation, the Break of Dawn production team has also announced additional cast members, as follows:
- Natsumi Fujiwara — Shingo Kishi
- Inori Minase — Honoka Kawai
- Nobuhiko Okamoto — Ginnosuke Tadokoro
- Haruka Sawatari — Wako Kishi
- Romi Park — Nigatsu no Remei-Gou
It was previously announced that Hana Sugisaki (Bleach’s Rukia Kuchiki) and Aoi Yuki (I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level’s Azusa) will voice the main characters Yūma Sawatari and Nanako.
The Break of Dawn anime movie: what we know so far
It was originally disclosed that the Break of Dawn film was in production in March 2022. Only this short announcement was made public at the time, with additional information — including that on the cast — following up in later months.
The Break of Dawn cast has been since confirmed to include:
- Zero-G (Dive!!) — production
- Tomoyuki Kurokawa (PSYCHO-PASS) — director
- Takahiko Yoshida (Yowamushi Pedal) — animation director, character design
- Dai Satō (Cowboy Bebop) — script
- Pomodorosa — concept design
- Masaru Yokoyama (Urusei Yatsura 2022) — music composer
The first Break of Dawn trailer was revealed in March 2022 when the manga adaptation was first announced:
About the Break of Dawn manga
The Break of Dawn manga (ぼくらのよあけ, Bokura no Yoake) was written and illustrated by Tetsuya Imai. For the entirety of its run (January to October 2011), the manga series was serialized in Kodansha’s Monthly Afternoon. The individual chapters have been collected into two tankōbon volumes.
The timeline is set in the year 2049 when a collision with a large-scale comet is expected to take place. The story focuses on Yūma, the MC who is obsessed with the collision, and his robot Nanako, who can only do basic household chores.
The twist comes when Yūma asks Nanako about space. Scilicet, a lost alien ship hacks into the robot’s system. The extraterrestrials ask Yūma to help them get back home. For some added thrills, the extraterrestrials are connected to the impending collision, but Yūma has yet to discover how exactly.
Mangaka Imai previously authored the award-winning Alice & Zoroku (アリスと蔵六, Arisu to Zōroku) manga series that began serialization in December 2012 in Tokuma Shoten’s magazine Monthly Comic Ryū. Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed the series for English audiences. A manga-inspired anime adaptation premiered in April 2017 and was streamed on Crunchyroll and Funimation.