When we see an anime from Kyoto animation, we’re always on the edge of our seats. The studio’s gorgeous art style and inventive storytelling combine to create an unforgettable experience.
The backgrounds, visual style, soundtrack, and design of Kyoto Animation’s characters and episodes are always highly praised.
Their immense popularity can largely be attributed to their skill in eliciting the desired range of feelings from their audience members. With Tsurune, Kyoto Animation brings the athletic action of Kotoko Ayano’s light novels to the screen in the form of an anime.
When an arrow is shot in archery or Kyudo, the string hits the bow and makes a sound called Tsurune. The show’s premise revolves around protagonist Minato Narumiya, who was inspired to practice Kyudo after hearing the Tsurune as a child. He lost and let down his middle school archery team because of target fright, so he swore he would never shoot again.
The Tsurune Season 2 Release Date
The opening episode of Tsurune’s first season aired on October 22, 2018, while the final episode aired on January 21, 2019. On March 3, 2019, a one-shot OVA named Dangerous Shoot was published.
Tsurune: Tsunagari no Issha, the title announced on the official Twitter account for the show on October 19, 2022, along with a key graphic for Season 2 of the show, set the stage for the show’s return. The official Tsurune Twitter account revealed the second season’s January 2023 premiere date and trailer on August 26, 2022.
The studio hasn’t announced an official premiere date for Season 2, but it looks like the end of January is a safe bet. Season 2 of Tsurune will likely have 13 episodes unless major modifications are made by the creators.
Tsurune Anime Season 2 Cast and Staff Members
Several new actors have been introduced as Tsujimine High School students in the latest trailer. Here are some of them:
|Character||Character Voice||Previous Work|
|Eisuke Nikaidou||Jun Fukuyama||Matsumoto in Vivy -Fluorite Eye’s Song|
|Koushirou Fuwa||Takayuki Kondou||Tetsudo in Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day|
|Touma Higuchi||Yuuya Hirose||Yuuta in SSSS.GRIDMAN|
|Reiji Aragaki||Yuuichirou Umehara||Courier in Akudama Drive|
|Kenyuu Ootaguro||Youhei Azakami||Guel in Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury|
Takuya Yamamura, who directed the first season of the Kyoto Animation revival, will return to lead the studio for the second. Other members of the team include:
|Original Creator||Kotoko Ayano|
|Series Composition||Michiko Yokote|
|Character Design||Miku Kadowaki|
|Color Design||Azumi Hata|
|Sound Director||Yota Tsuruoka|
|Accessory Setting||Hiroshi Karata|
|Director of Photography||Kohei Funamoto 3D|
The Plot of Tsurune Season 2
Season one ends on a high note with “Irreplaceable,” featuring a dramatic showdown between Minato and Fujiwara, both of whom are desperate to win the game for their respective sides. Seiya, captain of the Kazemi High School club, claims he is now following Minato rather than pursuing him.
Despite their ongoing verbal battles, the two childhood pals make up in the last minutes. Fujiwara’s old instructor Saioji is here, and Minato has joined her to observe her and Fujiwara. The competition begins, and the two main protagonists, Fujiwara and Minato, end up with the highest scores when the climax pits them against each other.
Finally, both archers release their arrows, revealing that Minato has hit all of his targets and Fujiwara has missed four out of four. Despite his victory, Minato learns that Fujiwara had a target panic and missed his shot.
At the end of the episode, Minato declares, “For now, that’s all I need,” as he and the rest of the Kazemi Kyudo club celebrate their victory.
In the final chapter, it was revealed that both Minato and Masaki were present when the former made the decision to study Kyudo. Minato is at the start of his Kyudo journey, while Masaki is experiencing target terror, mirroring Minato’s own experience in his later years.
The second season of Tsurune will continue from where the first one left off, with our intrepid band of archers now in their second year at Kazemi High. New players will be added to the team after their success at nationals last year. Similarly, many freshmen will apply to Kirisaki High in hopes of catching the eye of Fujiwara, and more specifically Kudou Takumi.
There will be a divide between the first years and the management, though, so not everything is rosy. The young archers are about to embark on an exciting new chapter, one that will be full of fierce rivalry and intense feelings as they test their mettle against one another.
Where to watch Season 2?
Crunchyroll has announced that they would be streaming Season 2 of Tsurune, dubbed Tsurune: The Linking Shot, immediately after it airs. HIDIVE has also confirmed that it will be made available on their website. Tsurune’s second season is shaping up to be very insane.
Unresolved tensions between Seiya and Shu aren’t the only thing that could cause trouble for the fragile calm in the city. The goal is that if tensions occur amongst Minato’s pals, he won’t experience his target terror again.