Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi, Drama
Season: Summer 2016
Premiere Date: July 4, 2016
Female manga artist Ichigo Takano began the orange manga in Shueisha’s Bessatsu Margaret manga magazine aimed at female readers in March 2012. Although it was popular with fans, the series went on hiatus due to the author’s health. When it returned, it did so instead in Futabasha’s Comic Action magazine, where it was irregularly serialized until Takano concluded the manga in August 2015.
As of 2015, the manga has over six million copies in print. The series has also won many accolades, such as ranking in fifteenth place in the “Kono Manga ga Sugoi!” (This Manga is Amazing!) list, and sixth place on the “Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Taisho 2015 – Kore Kara Urete Hoshii Manga Bumon” (The Next Big Manga Awards – Manga That We Want to Sell More in the Future Category) rankings, and fifth place on the “Zenkoku Shotenin ga Eranda Osusume Comic 2015” (Comics as Recommended by the Country’s Bookstore Employees 2015) list. The manga has been translated into nine languages and sold around the world, with Crunchyroll releasing the manga digitally in English and Seven Seas Entertainment releasing it physically in North America.
The manga inspired a live-action film that premiered in December 2015 starring Kento Yamazaki and Tao Tsuchiya as Kakeru and Naho, respectively. It topped the box office rankings in Japan on its opening weekend, selling 261,779 tickets for a total of 311,778,900 yen (about USD $2.6 million).
It’s spring, and Naho is about to begin her second year at high school. Everything seems fairly normal until she receives a mysterious letter signed by someone claiming to be herself from ten years in the future. While she initially thought it was just a prank, one after the other, the things predicted in the letter start to come true, and Naho finds herself having to face the fact that whatever is written on the page will occur.
Just as it was written in the letter, Naho fell in love with the transfer student Kakeru. However, the letter also predicts a far, far grimmer event: Kakeru will die in the winter of his seventeenth year.
Sixteen-year old Naho comes to learn more about her 26-year old self, who has lost Kakeru. She learns about her regrets, as well as her one great wish. Even so, will she be able to do something to avoid the dark destiny that waits just ahead?
Voice: Kana Hanazawa
A second-year student in high school. A shy girl, she has a tendency to put the happiness of others before her own. She falls in love with Kakeru, who transfers into her class at the beginning of the year.
Voice: Seiichirō Yamashita
A young man from Tokyo who transfers to Naho’s high school in Matsumoto City. He has darkness weighing down his heart due to a certain event that changed his life.
Voice: Makoto Furukawa
Naho’s classmate, whose eyes are only on her. However, he still cheers on Kakeru and the budding romance, and invites Kakeru to the soccer club.
Voice: Natsumi Takamori
Naho’s classmate, and the mood-setter in their group of friends. Her family runs a bread shop.
Voice: Rika Kinugawa
Naho’s classmate. She looks cold at first glance, but is actually a strong, reliable girl who is always thinking of her friends.
Voice: Kazuyuki Okitsu
Naho’s classmate. He often calms the atmosphere with his aloof, uncaring attitude, but likes funny stories.
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Director: Hiroshi Hamasaki
Series Composition: Yūko Kakihara
Character Design: Nobuteru Yuki
Music: Hiroaki Mutsumi
Animation Production: TMS Entertainment
Kana Hanazawa as Naho Takamiya
Seiichirō Yamashita as Kakeru Naruse
Makoto Furukawa as Hiroto Suwa
Natsumi Takamori as Azusa Murasaka
Rika Kinugawa as Takako Chino
Kazuyuki Okitsu as Saku Hagita
©Ichigo Takano, Futabasha/orange Production Committee