We learned in December 2021 that a new feature film is on the way based on a science fiction novel in Japan with The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbye. Known originally as Natsu e no Tunnel, Sayonara no Deguchi, it’s from writer Mokune Hachi with illustrations by Kukka. It was released in 2019 to much acclaim while receiving a manga in the summer of 2020 with four volumes out total.
With the film getting a September 9th, 2022 debut in Japan set recently, the folks at HIDIVE previously confirmed their pickup of the film with plans for streaming on their service for it. Now, they’ve dropped their first dubbed trailer for it with plans for a fall 2023 theatrical release still in place. The film saw its North American premiere at Otakon and is now set for a November 3rd, 2023 release with details here for availability.
We missed this when it came out but check out this bit from the cast of the film as they share why fans NEED to watch it in theaters.
Check out our review of the film.
The film has Tomohisa Taguchi directing it based on their screenplay at CLAP, which is behind the recent Pompo: The Cinephile film. Tomomi Yabuki is serving as the character designer and chief animation director for it.
The Japanese cast includes:
- Ōji Suzuka as Tono Kaoru
- Marie Iitoyo as Anzu Hanaki
- Tasuku Hatanaka as Shōhei Kaga
- Arisa Komiya as Koharu Kawasaki
- Haruka Terui as Hamamoto-sensei
- Rikiya Koyama as Kaoru’s father
- Seiran Kobayashi as Karen Tōno
The theme song and insert song is “Finale” from eill. This is their second anime-related project after doing the first ending theme song for Tokyo Revengers previously.
The novel and manga have been licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment as of summer 2021.
Plot Concept: Urashima Tunnel – Once you enter that tunnel, you can get whatever you want, but at a price. Kaoru Tohno, who seems to have an elusive personality and traumatic past, and Anzu Hanashiro, who is struggling to reconcile her ideal image and true-to-heart attitude, team up to investigate the Urashima Tunnel and get what they want. This is an unforgettable summer story of nostalgia and sprinting in a remote countryside.
Previous Japanese promos and visuals: