The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes is not only a title that captures the imagination but also features a narrative filled with poignant moments and heartfelt farewells.
In the world of anime, the journey through seasons often mirrors the transitions of life, where summer symbolizes a time of warmth and growth, while goodbyes carry the weight of bittersweet partings.
This anime film, with its intriguing title, talks about the lives of its characters as they navigate the complexities of love, friendship, and personal growth during a fateful summer.
Against the backdrop of a small, idyllic town, our protagonists go on a journey that takes them through the tunnel, each encounter and farewell leaving an inersable dent in their hearts.
‘The Tunnel to Summer’ Releases in the U.S. on November 3
HIDIVE has exciting news for anime enthusiasts in the U.S. On November 3. They will be showcasing Tomohisa Taguchi’s anime film adaptation, “The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes,” based on Mei Hachimoku and Kukka’s novel, “Natsu e no Tunnel, Sayonara no Deguchi,” in theaters.
Before its official release, the English dub of the film will premiere, accompanied by a panel featuring the dub voice actors, at New York Comic Con on October 12 at 7:30 p.m. EDT in Room 405 of the Javits Center. The tickets for this event will be available to buy starting on October 10.
The film originally debuted in Japan in September 2022, with Ōji Suzuka and Marie Iitoyo taking on the lead roles of Kaoru Tōno and Anzu Hanaki, respectively. Excitingly, Otakon treated fans to the English-subtitled premiere of the film on July 29.
The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes is a light novel written by Mei Hachimoku and illustrated by Kukka. This light novel was first published by Shogakukan in July 2019 under its Gagaga Bunko imprint. Fans of the story were also treated to a manga adaptation titled “The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes: Ultramarine,” illustrated by Koudon.
Serialized in Shogakukan’s Monthly Sunday Gene-X magazine from July 2020 to November 2021, the manga’s chapters have been compiled into four manga volumes. Both the light novel and manga have found their way into North America under the licensing of Seven Seas Entertainment.
The Staff of The Tunnel to Summer
Tomohisa Taguchi took on a multifaceted role in the film’s creation at CLAP. Not only did he direct the film, but he also contributed as the scriptwriter and storyboarder. Taguchi also served as the line director, collaborating alongside Kanji Miyake.
The film’s character designs and animation were handled by Tomomi Yabuki, who also served as the chief animation director. Joining Yabuki in the animation department were Seiji Tachikawa, Akio Hasegawa, and Yasuhisa Katō, all of whom animated the film.
Harumi Fuuki, known for works like Miss Hokusai, Forest of Piano, and Tsurune, composed the film’s music.
In the mysterious Urashima Tunnel, you can get whatever your heart desires, but for a cost. Kaoru Tohno, haunted by a troubled past, joins forces with Anzu Hanashiro, torn between her ideal facade and genuine self. Together, they embark on a quest to unlock the tunnel’s secrets and fulfill their wishes.
In 2023, the film adaptation earned the prestigious Paul Grimault Award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. It also earned acclaim on Rotten Tomatoes with a flawless 100% approval rating based on eight reviews.
Phil Hoad, writing for The Guardian, awarded the film 3/5 stars, claiming the plot is straightforward but praising the animation as truly impressive, capturing the deep essence of first love.