The Tsurune Season 2 release date will be in January 2023, the Winter 2023 anime season. The premiere time frame was confirmed by a new teaser visual released on August 19, 2022.
The announcement coincides with the first theatrical screening of the Tsurune: Hajimari no Issha (Tsurune: The First Shot) anime movie in Japan.
Tsurune Season 2: What we know so far
Just like Season 1, Tsurune S2 is being produced by Kyoto Animation, with Takuya Yamamura (Violet Evergarden: The Movie) resuming his directorial role.
Jun Fukuyama (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection’s Lelouch Lamperouge) is a new cast member; he’ll be voicing Eisuke Nikaidō.
Additional details — staff/cast members and the exact premiere date included — have not been announced yet, so stay tuned!
Hopefully, we’ll see more seiyuu reprising their roles. Tsurune Season 1 featured the following cast:
- Kaito Ishikawa — Kaito Onogi
- Yō Taichi — Rika Seo
- Aoi Ichikawa — Seiya Takehaya
- Shintarō Asanuma — Masaki Takigawa
- Miyuri Shimabukuro — Yūna Hanazawa
- Ayaka Nanase — Shiragiku Noa
- Ryōta Suzuki — Ryōhei Yamanochi
- Shōgo Yano — Nanao Kisaragi
Tsurune Season 1 aired from October 22, 2018, to January 21, 2019; Crunchyroll is streaming the series for international audiences.
The Tsurune: Hajimari no Issha (劇場版ツルネ －はじまりの一射, Gekijōban Tsurune: Hajimari no Issha) mentioned above is a sequel to Tsurune Season 1.
The Tsurune light novels
The Tsurune (ツルネ -風舞高校弓道部-, Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu) anime series is inspired by the namesake light novels written by Kotoko Ayano and illustrated by Chinatsu Morimoto.
The plot centers on Minato Narumiya, a kyūdō* practitioner who resumes his passion for archery after having suffered an incident during his last middle school tournament.
Namely, upon entering Kazemai High School, he joins the school’s kyūdō club, thereupon meeting fellow enthusiasts Seiya Takehaya and Ryōhei Yamanochi alongside the additional club members. The club aims to win the prefectural kyūdō tournament and the light novels detail the thorny path of its members.
Tsurune follows the winning pattern of its exceptional predecessors in the sports anime genre — notably Chihayafuru, 3-gatsu no Raion, Haikyuu!!, and Yowamushi Pedal, so if you’re up to the thrills, be sure to give it a go.
Not to mention that Kyoto Animation has a range of stellar anime titles under its belt, including Violet Evergarden, Free!, and Clannad.
Kyūdō* (弓道, also transliterated kyuudou) is the Japanese martial art of archery rooted in kyūjutsu (弓術, “the art of archery”) that was originally practiced by the Samurai in feudal Japan.