Studios: Kyoto Animation
Publisher & Distributor: Sentai Filmworks, Section23 Films
Release Date: January 28, 2020
Tsurune. It’s the Japanese word for the sound a bowstring lets out upon being released. Minato Narumiya, our protagonist pal, was inspired to take up the martial art of Kyudo after his mother told him what tsurune is. Now, years later, he is entering high school and has decided to lay down his bow, but the bow won’t let go of him. Together with four others, he will pick up the pieces where he left them and move forward in Kyudo in Tsurune.
I started watching Tsurune with no prior knowledge of the series. I won’t lie, I thought it was a yaoi series from the animation, at first. However, as I watched, I saw that it was a serious sports anime and learned quite a bit from it. The fact that a form of archery is considered a martial art was surprising to me. The only martial arts I knew of before watching this show involved punching, kicking, pushing, or throwing your opponent. Much like my love of Karuta after watching Chihayafuru, I’ve learned to love bows and arrows a bit more as a form of beauty.
The characters were memorable; the music was captivating, and the story was engaging. It also helped that I knew many of the English voice cast from re-watching Haikyuu, lately. Overall, I highly enjoyed the energy Tsurune had. Watching those five boys learn to work together and get along was almost just as fun as watching the first season of Bang Dream! was, for me.
For the price of $45.99 USD, I could recommend Tsurune to others, though you may want to wait for a slight sale. The comedy was nice, and I certainly could have fun watching it with others, but it is a little short for the price, in my opinion. However, after the devastating KyoAni arson attack, last year, I personally don’t mind paying a bit more for their content. Cheers.
Lolinia gives Tsurune a score of 7 out of 10 Moé Blobs~