The Encouragement of Climb Season 4 release date is officially confirmed to be on October 4, 2022, the Fall 2022 anime season.
The official title is Encouragement of Climb: Next Summit (Yama no Susume: Next Summit).
According to the official Twitter account, the fourth season will have 12 episodes in total. However, the first four episodes will recap the previous seasons with an additional short story. The new story arc will begin with Episode 5.
Including commercials, all 12 episodes of Encouragement of Climb: Next Summit will be TV broadcast in Japan in a 30-minute time slot, which is the first for the anime TV series.
An Encouragement of Climb Season 4 trailer was released on September 5, 2021.
On August 11, 2022, Encouragement of Climb Season 4 trailer 2 revealed the exact release date in Fall 2022.
Yama no Susume Season 4 was originally teased at a September 2019 Autumn Festival event in Japan. At the time, anime fans were celebrating the possibility of Encouragement Of Climb Season 4, but some hoped the new project would be a Yama no Susume movie.
After all, the details available up until March 2021 were pretty thin. The only thing that was definitely confirmed back in 2019 was that production has begun for a new project in the Yama no Susume anime series.
“We’re really thankful to everyone who came to the Autumn Festival. Start climbing to a new project! We announced a new start for Yama no Susume,” wrote anime producer SMIRAL on its official Twitter account. “We will continue to push forward to meet the expectations of its many fans!”
Sometimes when the early announcements for an anime project are this vague it means the next sequel will be a film. Recent examples would include the Goblin Slayer movie, Made In Abyss movie, and the KonoSuba movie, both of which adapted the next part in their respective stories for the manga/light novel series instead of being adapted by regular episodes.
Directed by Yusuke Yamamoto at animation studio 8-bit, the last season finished airing about a year ago. The story followed Aoi Yukimura, Hinata Kuraue, and their friends as they go hiking and enjoy life together.
According to the official Twitter account, Encouragement of Climb Season 4 will be once again directed Yamamoto and stars Yuka Iguchi as Aoi and Kana Asumi as Hinata. Yuusuke Matsuo is returning as character designer.
The Encouragement Of Climb Season 4 OP (opening) and ED (ending) theme song music hasn’t been announced yet.
- Updated August 11, 2022: Exact Encouragement of Climb Season 4 release date revealed by trailer, key visual.
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Encouragement Of Climb: Next Summit anime compared to the manga
The story for the Encouragement Of Climb anime series is based on the Yama no Susume manga series by writer and illustrator Shiro. First started in 2011, the serialization has resulted in 19 manga volumes and spawned three anime seasons composed of 49 episodes (plus 3 Encouragement Of Climb OVA episodes).
The Encouragement of Climb Volume 20 release date is scheduled for April 12, 2021.
“Aoi Yukimura is a quiet girl who prefers staying indoors and is afraid of heights,” The synopsis for Encouragement of Climb reads. “When she reunites with her childhood friend Hinata Kuraue, who is outgoing and loves mountaineering, they decide to climb a mountain together, in order to see a sunrise they saw together when they were younger. Along the way, they meet several other girls who are also interested in the outdoors, and begin a series of adventures on various mountains across Japan.”