Ouji Suzuka & Marie Iitoyo Voice The Leads in The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes Anime Film

Tomohisa Taguchi (Akudama Drive)-directed sci-fil film hits Japanese theaters this summer



The official website for the forthcoming anime film adaptation of Mei Hachimoku's The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes sci-fi novel has announced its two leading voice cast members.


22-year-old actor/fashion model Ouji Suzuka (Izumi Miyamura in the Horomiya live-action drama series) voices Kaoru Tono, who lost his beloved sister in the past. This is the first time Suzuka has served as an anime voice actor. "I had the opportunity to read the original novel and was immersed in the story created by Hachimoku-sensei, and I wanted to stay immersed in it. I read the book in the fall, so I missed summer," Suzuka said. "I was able to enjoy with the support of the director, the staff and Iitoyo-san during the two days of voice recording session."





Meanwhile, 24-year-old actress Marie Iitoyo (Ai Shindo in City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes) is cast as Anzu Hanaki, a transfer girl with a certain problem. "The nostalgic worldview makes us feel every place and tunnel where they exist very nostalgic and mysterious. What kind of ending awaits the two as they join hands to achieve 'what they really wanted.' Above all, the scenery surrounding them is so beautiful that we hope you will feel as if you were lost in the world where the Urashima Tunnel exists at the movie theater."







The film is set to be released in Japan in the summer of 2022. Tomohisa Taguchi (Akudama Drive, Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna) serves as the director at CLAP (Pompo: The Cinéphile), alongside chief animation director Tomomi Yabuki (Pompo: The Cinéphile animation director).


The novel won both the Gagaga Award and the Judges' Special Prize at the 13th Shogakukan Light Novel Awards in 2019, then published from Shogakukan's light novel imprint Gagaga Bunko in July of the year. Its English edition is scheduled to be published from Seven Seas Entertainment's light novel imprint Airship on May 10, 2022. The publisher's official webpage for the novel describes its synopsis as below:



Tono Kaoru heard a rumor: The laws of space and time mean nothing to the Urashima Tunnel. If you find it, walk through and you’ll find your heart’s desire on the other side…in exchange for years of your own life. On the night Kaoru just so happens to find himself standing in front of a tunnel that looks suspiciously like the one the rumor describes, he finds himself thinking of Karen, the sister he lost in an accident five years ago. To Kaoru’s surprise, he’s been followed by the new transfer student Anzu Hanaki, who promises to help him experiment with the mysterious tunnel–but what does she want from Kaoru in exchange? And what will he have left to give, after the tunnel’s done with him? 



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Source: "The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes" anime film official website / Twitter


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