Ichigo Tanako’s manga Orange is making its next, hotly anticipated step from live-action movie to anime adaptation. The sci-fi romance will be coming to TV screens this summer, directed by Steins;Gate’s Hiroshi Hamasaki with production studios TMS Entertainment and Telecom Animation Film, and written by Yuko Kakihara of Persona 4 the ANIMATION, with character designs by Kids on the Slope’s Noboteru Yuki. With those details, we can already picture the series’ balmy gorgeousness, and the preview visual only confirms that image we have in our minds.
The manga’s fifth and final volume was released in November 2015, but it isn’t the last release for the series. Futubasha’s Monthly Action magazine is publishing a special edition one-shot in its April release, due to retail on February 25th. Seven Seas Entertainment, who are publishing the manga in North America, describe its story:
Everyone has regrets in life. So who wouldn’t take the chance to change the past if given the opportunity? When sixteen-year-old Takamiya Naho receives a mysterious letter, claiming to be from her twenty-seven-year-old self, her life is suddenly thrown into flux. The letter tells her that a new transfer student by the name of Naruse Kakeru will be joining her class, and to keep her eye on him. But why? Naho must decide what to make of the letter and its cryptic warning, and what it means not only for her future, but for Kakeru’s as well.