Sasaki and Miyano anime movie announced for 2023 that will screen alongside spin-off short Hirano and Kagiura

Key visual for the upcoming Sasaki to Miyano movie (Graduation Chapter).
Key visual for the upcoming Sasaki to Miyano movie (Graduation Chapter). Pic credit: @sasamiya_anime/Twitter

On July 10, 2022, Kadokawa revealed that the previously announced new anime project for Sasaki and Miyano would be an anime film that will open in Japan in 2023.

A lot of Sasaki and Miyano fans thought the teased project would be a second anime series, and there is a mixed response with the news about the film. Sasaki and Miyano fans are happy they will get to see more of their favorite BL couple, but disappointed it won’t be for an entire season.

The film is titled Sasaki to Miyano: Sotsugyo-hen (Graduation Chapter) and will screen alongside an anime short adaptation of Sho Harusono’s Hirano and Kagiura spin-off manga.

Shinji Ishihira will be directing the film at Studio DEEN. Other returning staff members, include Takahiro Ueno as assistant director, Yoshiko Nakamura as screenwriter, Maki Fujii as character designer, and Kana Shibue as the music composer.

You can watch a trailer for the Sasaki and Miyano anime here:

Sasaki and Miyano - Official Trailer
Key visual for Sasaki and Miyano.
Key visual for Sasaki and Miyano. Pic credit: Funimation

What is the plot of Sasaki and Miyano?

The story begins when a fight breaks out on school grounds, and high school student, Miyano, encounters delinquent upperclassman, Sasaki, who ends up saving the day. Miyano is instantly impressed by how manly and cool Sasaki is, and ends up mentally comparing him to the male protagonists found in the BL manga he secretly likes to read.

Miyano keeps the fact that he is a fudanshi – a straight guy who is interested in BL (Boy’s Love) manga, a secret out of fear for being misunderstood due to his girlie face. However, when he finds out that Sasaki has a similar interest in BL manga the two begin to form an unlikely friendship. But as Miyano and Sasaki grow closer, the two of them learn that you can’t control who you fall in love with as they start to develop romantic feelings for each other.

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Sasaki falls hard and fast for Miyano, but Miyano is reluctant to even think about pursuing a relationship with a guy. Miyano ends up having to do some serious soul-searching, and has to figure out what “being in love” means to him in order to figure out how he really feels about Sasaki. 

Key visual for Hirano and Kagiura.
Key visual for Hirano and Kagiura. Pic credit:

What is the plot of the spin-off Hirano and Kagiura?

The story centers on Hirano, who is a second-year in high school living in a dormitory on his campus. His dull day-to-day life changes when he becomes roommates with Kagiura, a first year.

Although, Kagiura is a sporty, hard-working guy on the basketball team, he has trouble getting up in the morning. Despite his bad boy appearance, Hirano ends up being Kagiura’s support system in that regard and acts like a “mother hen” towards him.

The two become fast friends and Hirano is very fond of his earnest, straightforward roommate. What he doesn’t know? Kagiura is pretty much head over heels in love with him.

In the anime Sasaki and Miyano, a relationship was between Hirano and Kagiura was only hinted at, so shippers of this couple are excited that their spin-off manga will be getting an anime short.

Who are the cast members?

Sasaki and Miyano cast members include:

  • Yusuke Shirai – Shumei Sasaki
  • Soma Saito – Yoshikazu Miyano
  • Yoshitsugu Matsuoka – Taiga Hirano
  • Yuki Ono – Jiro Ogasawara
  • Yuma Uchida – Masato Hanzawa
  • Ryohei Arai – Tasuka Kuresawa
  • Mitsuhiro Ichiki – Gonzaburo Tashiro
  • Nobunaga Shimazaki – Akira Kagiura

Where can I read or watch Sasaki and Miyano?

Sasaki and Miyano is a Japanese manga series by Sho Harusono that was serialized online via the pixiv Comic website since 2016. Media Factory has collected its chapters into eight tankobon volumes. From October 2018 to March 2020, a two-volume novel adaptation by Kotoko Hachijo was published by Media Factory.

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Since March 2019, a spin-off manga by Harusono titled Hirano and Kagiura has been serialized in Media Factory’s shojo manga magazine Monthly Comic Gene, and has been collected in two tankobon volumes.

From January to March 2022, a 12-episode anime TV series adaptation by Studio DEEN aired and was streamed by Funimation. Funimation also streamed an English dub version of the anime. Sasaki and Miyano is currently available for streaming on Crunchyroll.

On July 27, 2022, an OVA for the franchise will ship on DVD with the ninth volume of the main manga. The episode is considered to be the 13th episode of the series, and is titled Koi ni Kizuku Mae no Chotto Shita Hanashi. The 13th episode’s story was drafted by Harusono.

From July 23 to July 31, a stage play inspired by Sasaki and Miyano will run in Tokyo.

Are you looking forward to the Sasaki and Miyano movie? What about the spin-off Hirano and Kagiura? Which couple is your favorite BL ship in this series? Let us know in the comment section below! 

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