New art for the upcoming anime series Summer Time Rendering has been revealed, along with the names of four new members of the show's voice cast.
The official website for the anime adaptation of Yasuki Tanaka's manga series of the same name released a key visual for the show. It features some of Summer Time Rendering's main characters such as Shinpei Ajiro and Mio Kofune brandishing various weapons as they gear up to investigate the death of their beloved friend, Ushio Kofune, and battle the dangerous entities roaming their island. The image marks the second key visual released for the show, with the first key Summer Time Rendering visual being revealed on Twitter in July last year.
Summer Time Rendering's official website also unveiled some of the show's core voice cast. It was announced that Yoko Hikasa (Attack on Titan) was cast as Hizuru Minakata, a woman who has mysteriously returned to Wakayama City after a 14-year absence, and that Jin Urayama (Vinland Saga) was cast as Ginjiro Nezu, a self-proclaimed expert on dangerous beings. Kensho Ono (Kuroko's Basketball) will also be voicing So Hishigata, Shinpei's close friend. So's younger sister, Tokiko Hishigata, will be played by Maki Kawase of Zombie Land Saga fame. The four newly-announced cast members join Natsuki Hanae (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Tokyo Ghoul), Anna Nagase and Saho Shirasu who will voice Shinpei, Ushio and Mio respectively.
Running for a total of 139 manga chapters, Summer Time Rendering centers around Shinpei Ajiro, a young man who has moved to Tokyo after living with the Kofune sisters, Mio and Ushio, in Wakayama City. Shinpei returns to his hometown to mourn Ushio after she drowns while trying to rescue a child, but Shinpei finds the circumstances surrounding her death seem to be more sinister than what they appear. Shinpei and his friends must race to save the lives of their loved ones from the darkness that has infiltrated their island by untangling the mystery of Ushio's passing. Udon Entertainment acquired the rights to begin publishing the manga in English this year.
A 25-episode anime adaptation of the manga by studio OLM (Pokémon) was announced in Feb. 2021, with Ayumu Watanabe (Komi Can't Communicate) serving as director. A live-action adaptation and an escape room based on the series was also announced at the same time, but it is currently unknown when they will premiere and open.
The first episode of Summer Time Rendering will air on April 14 on the Tokyo MX and BS11 television channels in Japan. Japanese audiences will also be able to stream the series on Disney+ from the same date, although when Disney+ will offer the show to the rest of the world has not yet been announced.
Source: Summer Time Rendering official website via Anime News Network.