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Summer Time Rendering - What We Know So Far

Often in fiction, the most idyllic settings can be home to some sordid secrets. That's the gist of the upcoming anime series, "Summer Time Rendering." If you enjoy a gripping mystery with lots of jump scares and gore, as well as a hefty dose of "Naruto"-style action, you won't want to miss this when it premieres.

"Summer Time Rendering" is an adaptation of Yasuki Tanaka's manga series, which was published over 13 volumes between October 2017 and February 2021. Fans didn't have to wait long to find out whether the manga would be turned into an anime, as the initial announcement was made in the manga's 139th and final issue. Even better, there are also plans for a live-action adaptation and a real-life escape room (via Otaku Art). 

Since the final issue was published, a lot more information about "Summertime Rendering" has become available. Here's everything we know about the upcoming anime series.

What is the release date for Summer Time Rendering?

"Summer Time Rendering" doesn't yet have an official release date, but the official Twitter account for the upcoming anime adaptation stated that the show would debut sometime in 2022. Since most anime series are usually released in Japan either during the Winter (January) or Summer (July) seasons, it would seem most likely that "Summer Time Rendering" will follow the same route. And since the series takes place during the summer, a summertime release would seem to be a good bet — although that's just speculation at this point (via Anime Troop).

"Summer Time Rendering" also hasn't announced whether American networks have picked up the English-language streaming rights. The "Summer Time Rendering" Twitter account also announced a forthcoming live-action adaptation of the anime, although that doesn't yet have a release date, either. 

More information about all upcoming release dates should be available in the coming months, if not early 2022. Until it premieres, it will certainly be one of the most-anticipated anime series of 2022.

Who is in the cast of Summer Time Rendering?

So far, no voice actors have been announced for the cast of "Summer Time Rendering," and any speculation would be pure guesswork. At this point, all that's possible is speculating on which characters from the manga will most likely appear in the anime.

Three obvious choices are Shinpei, the series' brooding main character, and his two childhood friends, Ushio and Mio. Note that the series begins when Shinpei travels to his hometown to attend Ushio's funeral, but she's still a big part of the series for reasons outlined below. Other major characters include Hiruko/Haine — the shadow who often takes the form of a mysterious one-eyed girl — and Shidehiko Hishigata, the story's main villain. Then there's the Tres Magia, the group of magical girls who are out to save the world. They include Tetsu Totsumura, Tokiko Hishigata, and Ginjirou Nezu.

Most likely, casting information for these characters will become available in the coming months.

What is the plot of Summer Time Rendering?

"Summer Time Rendering" follows Shinpei Ajiro, a young man whose parents died when he was young, and who then moved in with his childhood best friends — sisters Ushio and Mio Kofune. The story begins when Shinpei returns to his hometown of Wakayama City on the island of Hitogashima to attend Ushio's funeral. Soon, he discovers that many of the residents suffer from a mysterious "Shadow disease," and that both Ushio's death and those of his parents are connected to it. As Shinpei digs deeper and deeper into the mystery, he realizes that he can go back in time and prevent Ushio's death–but in order to do that, he has to navigate multiple time loops (via Otaku Art).

In terms of genre, "Summer Time Rendering" is a supernatural mystery-thriller with elements of both horror and action. While the story is chock full of suspense, there's also plenty of action along the way, too.