'Farewell, My Dear Cramer: First Touch' anime film postpones April 2021 premiere due to COVID-19

Written by: Jei Beltrano | Published on: February 5, 2020 at 4:03 PM PHT (GMT+8)


The official Twitter and website of the TV anime adaptation and film for Naoshi Arakawa's "Farewell, My Dear Cramer (Sayounara, Watashi no Cramer)" manga series announced on Friday that the April premiere of the upcoming anime film adaptation of the series titled "Farewell, My Dear Cramer: First Touch" has been postponed due to the concerns brought by the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The film is tentatively rescheduled to early summer this year.

The film which is titled "Farewell, My Dear Cramer: First Touch" will adapt the previous two-volume "Sayonara, Football" manga series which followed Nozomi in junior high school. The cast will include Miyuri Shimabukuro as Nozomi Onda, Shion Wakayama as Sawa Echizen, Kouki Uchiyama as Tetsuji Yamada, Ryota Ohsaka as Kaoru Takei, Ryoko Shiraishi as Junpei Onda, Koji Yusa as Kōzō Sameji, and Shimba Tsuchiya as Yasuaki Tani.


It was originally slated to premiere on April 1, 2021 but was later delayed to Summer due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) concerns.


A TV anime series adaptation will also premiere on April and will adapt the main story of the manga series "Farewell, My Dear Cramer" which takes place in high school. It is expected to run in a regular length season.


Both the TV anime and film are directed by Seiki Takuna and Natsuko Takahashi will serve as the scriptwriter. LIDEN FILMS will be handling the animation and TOEI will be distributing the anime.


The manga series was serialized last May 2016. Kodansha comics described the manga series as:

With no soccer accomplishments to speak of during the entirety of Sumire Suo's junior high school years, the young wing gets an odd offer. Suo's main rival, Midori Soshizaki, invites her to join up on the same team in high school, with a promise that she'll never let Suo “play alone.” It's an earnest offer, but the question is whether Suo will take her up on it. Thus the curtain opens on a story that collects an enormous cast of individual soccer-playing personalities!


Arakawa's famous tear-jerker anime series "Your Lie in April" manga inspired a 22-episode television anime series that premiered in October 2014.

Source: Farewell, My Dear Cramer Anime Project Official Website

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