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ツルネ -風舞高校弓道部-
(Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu)
GenreSports (archery)[1]
Light novel
Written byKotoko Ayano
Illustrated byChinatsu Morimoto
Published byKyoto Animation
ImprintKA Esuma Bunko
Original runDecember 26, 2016 – present
Anime television series
Directed byTakuya Yamamura
Written byMichiko Yokote
Music byHarumi Fūki
StudioKyoto Animation
Licensed by
Original networkNHK
Original run October 22, 2018 January 21, 2019
Episodes13 + OVA (List of episodes)
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Tsurune (Japanese: ツルネ -風舞高校弓道部-, Hepburn: Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu, lit. "Kazemai High School's Kyūdō Club") is a Japanese light novel series written by Kotoko Ayano, with illustrations by Chinatsu Morimoto. The first novel won a Special Judge Award in the Kyoto Animation Award competition in 2016, and was published by the studio in December of that year.

An anime television series adaptation, produced by Kyoto Animation, aired from October 2018 to January 2019. An anime film project has been announced.


Minato Narumiya used to be in his middle school's kyūdō club until a certain incident in his last tournament caused him to resolve to quit archery for good. When he attends high school, his childhood friends Seiya Takehaya and Ryōhei Yamanouchi try to rope him into joining the high school's kyūdō club again, but he refuses. However, an encounter with a mysterious man at an archery range in a forest inspires Minato to take up archery once more. Minato joins the Kazemai High School Kyūdō Club and along with his old friends and new teammates, Nanao Kisaragi and Kaito Onogi, they aim for winning the prefectural tournament.


Kazemai High School Archery Club[edit]

Minato Narumiya (鳴宮湊, Narumiya Minato)
Voiced by: Yūto Uemura (Japanese); Bryson Baugus (English)[2][3]
Minato is a first-year student. Childhood friends with Seiya and Ryohei. A teammate of Shu and Seiya in Middle School. He's in the boys team of Kyudo. He and Shu had the same archery teacher before going to the same Middle School. His mother died in an accident that injured him and he now performs many domestic chores at his home, such as cooking meals. He lives across the street from Seiya. He begins the series with target panic, which in his case manifests as a tendency to loose his arrow too quickly and miss the target.
Seiya Takehaya (竹早静弥, Takehaya Seiya)
Voiced by: Aoi Ichikawa (Japanese); Gareth West (English)[2][3]
Seiya is a first-year student. Childhood friend of Minato and Ryohei. A teammate of Shu and Minato in Middle School. He's also the club head and captain of the boys' team. Seiya is intelligent, first in his class at Kazemai, and while he doesn't like to talk about himself he obviously highly values his relationship with Minato even to the extent of leaving the more prestigious Kirisaki school system to follow him to Kazemai, wanting to convince him to restart Kyudo.
Ryōhei Yamanouchi (山之内遼平, Yamanouchi Ryōhei)
Voiced by: Ryōta Suzuki (Japanese); Gabriel Regojo (English)[2][3]
Ryohei is a first-year student. Childhood friend of Minato and Seiya. He went to a different Middle School as his friends, but met back up in High School. He's in the boys team of Kyudo. He is a relative novice, having begun Kyudo late in middle-school after seeing Minato in a match.
Nanao Kisaragi (如月七緒, Kisaragi Nanao)
Voiced by: Shōgo Yano (Japanese); Clint Bickham (English)[2][3]
Nanao is a first-year student. He is also Kaito's cousin. He's in the boys team of Kyudo. He is cheerful and seemingly superficial and has many female admirers.
Kaito Onogi (小野木海斗, Onogi Kaito)
Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa (Japanese); Courtland Johnson (English)[2][3]
Kaito is a first-year student. He is also Nanao's cousin. He's in the boys team of Kyudo. He takes Kyudo very seriously and is highly critical of those that he thinks do not. Many first year beginners in the club cited their fear of him as a reason they quit the club.
Rika Seo (妹尾 梨可, Seo Rika)
Voiced by: Yō Taichi[4] (Japanese); Avery Smithhart (English)
Rika is a first-year student. She is the captain of the girls' team. The other girls greatly admire her.
Noa Shiragiku (白菊 乃愛, Shiragiku Noa)
Voiced by: Ayaka Nanase[4] (Japanese); Elissa Cuellar (English)
Noa is a first year student. She's in the girls team of Kyudo.
Yūna Hanazawa (花沢 ゆうな, Hanazawa Yūna)
Voiced by: Miyuri Shimabukuro[4] (Japanese); Savanna Menzel (English)
Yuna is a first year student. She's in the girls team of Kyudo.
Tomio Morioka (森岡 富男, Morioka Tomio)
Voiced by: Katsumi Suzuki (Japanese); Ty Mahany (English)[4][3]
Tomio, also called Tommy-sensei or the Oni Archer, is the teacher who acts as the Kyūdō Club advisor. He holds a 6-dan rank in archery but his back often goes out soon after he shoots.
Masaki Takigawa (滝川 雅貴, Takigawa Masaki)
Voiced by: Shintarō Asanuma (Japanese); Joe Daniels (English)[5][3]
Masaki is a Senior Shrine Priest at Yuta Shrine, later becomes the Coach for the Kyudo Club. He holds a 5-dan Rank in Kyudo. At one point he, like Minato, had "target panic" and temporarily lost his ability to shoot properly.

Kirisaki High School Archery Club[edit]

Shū Fujiwara (藤原 愁, Fujiwara Shū)
Voiced by: Kenshō Ono[5] (Japanese); Scott Gibbs (English)
Shu is a first-year Student, also the former teammate of Minato and Seiya in Middle School. He and Minato had the same archery teacher before going to the same Middle School. Stoic and solitary, he values his rivalry with Minato but considers motivations unlike his own to be unworthy.
Daigo Sase (Sase Daigo)
Voiced by: Yu Miyazaki (Japanese); Adam Gibbs (English)
Daigo is a third-year student. He's also the Vice-Captain of the Kyudo Club.
Senichi Sugawara (Sugawara Senichi)
Voiced by: Yūsuke Kobayashi (Japanese); Greg Cote (English)
Senichi is a first-year student. He is the identical twin to Manji, who is in the same club. Seemingly interchangeable with his brother, they viciously mock competitors and look down on those they don't see as talented. They both use an unusually quick release style but remain highly accurate archers.
Manji Sugawara (Sugawara Manji)
Voiced by: Kōhei Amasaki (Japanese); Anthony Hunter (English)
Manji is a first-year student. He is the identical twin to Senichi, who is in the same club. Seemingly interchangeable with his brother, they viciously mock competitors and look down on those they don't see as talented. They both use an unusually quick release style but remain highly accurate archers.
Hiroki Motomura (Motomura Hiroki)
Voiced by: Takuma Terashima (Japanese); Mike Haimoto (English)
Hiroki is a third-year student, he's also the Captain of the Kyudo Club.


Light novels[edit]

No. Release date ISBN
1 December 26. 2016[6]978-4-907064-59-4
2 February 9, 2018[6]978-4-907064-77-8


An anime television series adaptation was originally scheduled to premiere on October 15, but due to organizational issues, the series premiered from October 22, 2018 to January 21, 2019 on NHK.[7][8][a] The series was produced by Kyoto Animation and was directed by Takuya Yamamura, with Michiko Yokote handling the series' scripts, and Miku Kadowaki designing the characters. Harumi Fūki composed the series' music.[1] The opening theme song is "Naru" by Luck Life,[9] and the ending theme is "Orange-iro" (オレンジ色) by ChouCho.[10] The series is simulcast by Crunchyroll.[11] Sentai Filmworks has acquired the series for distribution in North America, Australasia, South America, and other territories.[12] An unaired 14th episode was screened at an event on March 3, 2019 and released with the first Blu-ray/DVD on May 1, 2019, with Crunchyroll later releasing it in English.[13]

On October 22, 2020, it was revealed that the series would be receiving a new anime film project.[14]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"The Young Man on the Shooting Range"
Transcription: "Shōnen wa Yaniwa ni" (Japanese: 少年は矢庭に)
Takuya YamamuraMichiko YokoteOctober 22, 2018 (2018-10-22)
2"At Wit's End"
Transcription: "Ya mo Yate mo Tamarazu" (Japanese: 矢も楯も堪らず)
Haruka FujitaMichiko YokoteOctober 29, 2018 (2018-10-29)
3"Just as They Met"
Transcription: "Deai no Yasaki" (Japanese: 出会いの矢先)
Yasuhiro TakemotoHiroyuki YoshinoNovember 5, 2018 (2018-11-05)
4"A Poor Fit"
Transcription: "Awanai Hazu" (Japanese: 合わない筈)
Shinpei SawaMichiko YokoteNovember 12, 2018 (2018-11-12)
5"A Frequent Messenger"
Transcription: "Yanotsukai de" (Japanese: 矢の使いで)
Taichi OgawaMichiko YokoteNovember 19, 2018 (2018-11-19)
6"The Reason for Shooting"
Transcription: "Yumihiku Wake" (Japanese: 弓引く理由)
Naoko YamadaMichiko YokoteNovember 26, 2018 (2018-11-26)
Transcription: "Sai, kai" (Japanese: 再、会)
Noriyuki KitanoharaHiroyuki YoshinoDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
8"Taking Aim"
Transcription: "Ya o Mukete" (Japanese: 矢を向けて)
Minoru ŌtaHiroyuki YoshinoDecember 10, 2018 (2018-12-10)
9"An Unshown Hand"
Transcription: "Akasenu Tenouchi" (Japanese: 明かせぬ手の内)
Eisaku KawanamiMichiko YokoteDecember 17, 2018 (2018-12-17)
10"Linked Heart"
Transcription: "Hanarenu Kokoro" (Japanese: 離れぬ心)
Yasuhiro TakemotoMichiko YokoteDecember 24, 2018 (2018-12-24)
11"The Pain of Empty Release"
Transcription: "Karahazu no Itami" (Japanese: 空筈からはずの痛み)
Shinpei SawaHiroyuki YoshinoJanuary 7, 2019 (2019-01-07)
12"Five Arrows"
Transcription: "Gohon no Ya" (Japanese: 五本の矢)
Taichi OgawaHiroyuki YoshinoJanuary 14, 2019 (2019-01-14)
Transcription: "Kakegaenonai" (Japanese: かけがえのない)
Minoru Ōta
Takuya Yamamura
Michiko YokoteJanuary 21, 2019 (2019-01-21)
OVA"Dangerous Shoot"
Transcription: "Yabai" (Japanese: 矢場い)
Noriyuki KitanoharaMichiko YokoteMarch 3, 2019 (2019-03-03)


  1. ^ From the television network it lists the show at 24:10 on October 21, which is at October 22, 2018 at 12:10 a.m.


  1. ^ a b "Kotoko Ayano's Tsurune Novel Gets TV Anime at Kyoto Animation". Anime News Network. October 23, 2017. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Tsurune Archery Anime's Teaser Video Reveals Cast, Staff, October Debut". Anime News Network. June 28, 2018. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Ressler, Karen (November 20, 2018). "HIDIVE Announces English Casts for Release the Spyce, Tsurune Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d Episode 1 credits
  5. ^ a b "Kyoto Animation's Tsurune Archery Anime Reveals More of Cast & Staff in 2nd Video". Anime News Network. August 9, 2018. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "『ツルネ ―風舞高校弓道部―』公式サイト | KAエスマ文庫". Kyoto Animation. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  7. ^ "Tsurune Anime Reveals October 14 Debut". Anime News Network. September 7, 2018. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  8. ^ "Kyoto Animation's Tsurune Anime Delayed 1 Week to October 21". Anime News Network. October 2, 2018. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  9. ^ "Tsurune Anime's 4th Promo Video Previews Luck Life's Opening Theme". Anime News Network. October 5, 2018. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  10. ^ "Luck Life, ChouCho Perform Theme Songs for Tsurune Archery Anime". Anime News Network. August 7, 2018. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  11. ^ "Crunchyroll Adds Tsurune Anime Simulcast". Anime News Network. October 19, 2018. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  12. ^ Ressler, Karen (October 23, 2018). "Sentai Filmworks Licenses Kyoto Animation's Tsurune Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  13. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (January 30, 2019). "Tsurune Anime's 5th BD/DVD to Include Unaired 14th Episode". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  14. ^ "Kyoto Animation's Tsurune Archery Anime Gets Film". Anime News Network. October 22, 2020. Retrieved October 22, 2020.

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