Tsuki ga Kirei
|Tsuki ga Kirei|
Cover of the first Blu-ray volume for Tsuki ga Kirei.
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Seiji Kishi|
|Produced by||Ken Minami|
|Written by||Yūko Kakihara|
|Music by||Takurō Iga|
|Original network||Tokyo MX, MBS, BS11, TVA|
|Original run||April 6, 2017 – June 29, 2017|
Tsuki ga Kirei (月がきれい, transl. As the Moon, So Beautiful.[a]) is a 2017 Japanese romance anime television series produced by Feel. It originally aired from April 6 to June 29, 2017. Crunchyroll has licensed the series in North America.
As a coming-of-age contemporary romance, the story follows the lives of two junior high school students, Akane and Kotarō, who fall in love for the first time and struggle to maintain their relationship.
Kotaro Azumi and Akane Mizuno become third year students at junior high school and are classmates for the first time. They are put in charge of the equipment for a sports festival and slowly grow closer via LINE. These two, along with fellow students Chinatsu Nishio and Takumi Hira, relate to their peers through mutual understandings and feelings. As their final year at junior high school progresses, the group overcome their challenges to mature and become aware of changes in themselves.
- Kotarō Azumi (安曇 小太郎 Azumi Kotarō)
- Voiced by: Shōya Chiba (Japanese); Stephen Sanders (English)
- Student of class 3-1 who belongs to the literature club. He's aiming to become a novelist and respects Osamu Dazai. He generally has a calm and composed attitude. He initially is too embarrassed to show his novels to other people, but upon learning Akane's love for running and openness to use embarrassment as a method of improving oneself, he begins to open up to that prospect. From early childhood, Kotarō has received instruction in the performance of traditional dance and festival music accompaniment, Hayashi, at a local Shinto shrine. He secretly starts dating Akane, but later reveals this to Takumi.
- When Akane is forced to move to Chiba due to her father's work, Kotarō tries to get into the same school as her, despite his parents' objections, but is unsuccessful. He is unable to see Akane off on her moving day, but publishes an online story promising to love her forever. Despite their long-distance relationship, they are shown to still get in contact and visit each other. The final shot at the end of the anime shows them married with a kid years later.
- Akane Mizuno (水野 茜 Mizuno Akane)
- Voiced by: Konomi Kohara (Japanese); Apphia Yu (English)
- Student of class 3-1 who belongs to the track and field club. She's an easy going character, but can be self-conscious and timid at times. When feeling nervous, she would squeeze her potato mascot plushie. Akane moved to Kawagoe, Saitama when she was a fifth grader in Primary school. She secretly starts dating Kotarō, but later reveals this to Chinatsu and Takumi, who inform the class about that.
- When she is forced to move to Chiba due to her father's work, she becomes anxious over her future relationship with Kotarō, but cheers him on as he tries to get into the same school as her. When Kotarō fails to get in, she again becomes anxious, but finds new hope when she reads his online story, which is a promise to love her forever. The final shot at the end of the anime shows them married with a child years later.
- Takumi Hira (比良 拓海 Hira Takumi)
- Voiced by: Atsushi Tamaru (Japanese); Daman Mills (English)
- The president of track and field club. He's been in love with Akane since first year.
- Chinatsu Nishio (西尾 千夏 Nishio Chinatsu)
- Voiced by: Rie Murakawa (Japanese); Megan Shipman (English)
- One of Akane's best friends in track and field club who's easy going. She begins to catch feelings for Azumi.
- Roman Yamashina
- Voiced by: Eishin Fudemura (Japanese); Brandon McInnis (English)
- Kotarō's best friend who has easy going personality and constantly wanting to read Kotarō's novel, despite of the latter's rejection. He's in love with his homeroom teacher Ryōko and won't hesitate to show it.
- Daichi Ogasawara
- Voiced by: Makoto Kaneko
- Aira Miyamoto
- Voiced by: Manaka Iwami (Japanese); Kristen McGuire (English)
- Akane's friend in class 3-1 who's belonged in the tennis club.
- Setsuko Satō
- Voiced by: Misono Suzuki (Japanese); Kristi Rothrock (English)
- Akane's friend in class 3-1.
- Miu Imazu
- Voiced by: Haruka Chisuga (Japanese); Bryn Apprill (English)
- Akane's friend in class 3-1.
- Sakura Tanaka
- Voiced by: Honoka Inoue
- Shō Nagahara
- Voiced by: Yūya Hirose (Japanese); Austin Tindle (English)
- Setsuko's boyfriend.
- Yasuhito Inaba
- Voiced by: Mark Ishii (Japanese); Ben Phillips (English)
- Aoi Takizawa
- Voiced by: Haruka Shiraishi (Japanese); Felecia Angelle (English)
- Tsubasa Kaneko
- Voiced by: Kentarō Kumagai (Japanese); Aaron Dismuke (English)
- Daisuke Tachibana
- Voiced by: Mutsuki Iwanaka (Japanese); Ian Sinclair (English)
- Ryōko Sonoda
- Voiced by: Nao Tōyama (Japanese); Jamie Marchi (English)
- Class 3-1's homeroom teacher.
- Ryūnosuke Azumi
- Voiced by: Kazuo Oka (Japanese); Kent Williams (English)
- Junko Azumi
- Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese); Alex Moore (English)
- Hiroshi Mizuno
- Voiced by: Mitsuo Iwata (Japanese); Sonny Strait (English)
- Saori Mizuno
- Voiced by: Chiwa Saito (Japanese); Monica Rial (English)
- Ayane Mizuno
- Voiced by: Ryōko Maekawa (Japanese); Morgan Garrett (English)
Production and development
An original anime television series produced by Feel was announced in January 2017. Seiji Kishi directed the anime while Yūko Kakihara penned and supervised the series' scripts, and Kazuaki Morita adapted Loundraw's original character designs. Takurō Iga and FlyingDog composed and produced the music, respectively, while Nagano served as the series' producer. It aired on April 6, 2017 on Tokyo MX with further broadcasts on MBS, BS11 and TVA then ended on June 29, 2017. Nao Tōyama sung both the opening and ending theme titled "Ima Koko" (イマココ) and "Tsuki ga Kirei" (月がきれい), respectively. Tōyama also performed the insert song for episode 3, "Hatsukoi" (初恋).
Crunchyroll licensed the series and streamed it outside of Asia, and Funimation dubbed the series and released it on home video in North America as part of their partnership with Crunchyroll.
All episodes are named after notable works in Japanese literature.
|No.||Title[b]||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Spring and Hard Times"|
"Haru to Shura" (春と修羅)
|Mitsuhiro Iwasaki||Yūko Kakihara||April 6, 2017|
|2||"A Handful of Sand"|
"Ichiaku no Suna" (一握の砂)
|Yoshimichi Hirai||Yūko Kakihara||April 13, 2017|
|3||"Howling at the Moon"|
"Tsuki ni Hoeru" (月に吠える)
|Gidai Hiromine||Yūko Kakihara||April 20, 2017|
|Makoto Nakata||Yūko Kakihara||April 27, 2017|
|Takafumi Fujii||Yūko Kakihara||May 4, 2017|
"Hashire Merosu" (走れメロス)
|Makoto Nakata||Yūko Kakihara||May 11, 2017|
|6.5||"First Half: The Road So Far"|
"Zenhanshō Dōtei" (前半抄「道程」)
|N/A||N/A||May 18, 2017|
|Recap of episodes 1–6.|
|7||"Hold Back Nothing When Taking Love"|
"Oshiminaku Ai wa Ubau" (惜しみなく愛は奪う)
|Masatoyo Takada||Yūko Kakihara||May 25, 2017|
"Wita Sekusuarisu" (ヰタ・セクスアリス)
|Satoshi Saga||Yūko Kakihara||June 1, 2017|
|9||"The Wind Rises"|
"Kaze Tachinu" (風立ちぬ)
|Gidai Hiromine||Yūko Kakihara||June 8, 2017|
|10||"The Setting Sun"|
|Yoshimichi Hirai||Yūko Kakihara||June 15, 2017|
|11||"An Encouragement of Learning"|
"Gakumon no Susume" (学問のすすめ)
|Masayo Nozaki||Yūko Kakihara||June 22, 2017|
|Yūko Kakihara||June 29, 2017|
- While directly translated as "The Moon is Beautiful," the phrase "Tsuki ga Kirei Desu ne." (月が綺麗ですね。, transl. "The Moon is Beautiful, Isn't it?") is a common Japanese phrase that translates to "I love you." The phrase was translated by Meiji-era novelist and teacher Natsume Sōseki since he believed that two people in love do not need direct words to convey their feelings.
- All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.
- "The moon is beautiful, isn't it?". ASAHI NIHONGO. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
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- Listed as producer at AnimeJapan 2017.
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