The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit to Goodbyes, is a 2022 Japanese anime film directed by Tomohisa Taguchi and produced by Signal. MD. It is based on the light novel of the same name by Mei Hachimoku. The film stars Marie Iitoyo and Oji Suzuka.

The story is about a high school student named Kaoru Tono. Kaoru is struggling to save his younger sister, who is on the verge of death. His life is a mess as he also faces his parents’ divorce. One day, he hears a rumor about a mysterious tunnel that grants wishes in exchange for one’s lifespan. Kaoru then decides to go to that tunnel. He soon finds himself on a journey that will change his life forever. Let’s find out all the details about this anime.

Voice Cast:

  • Marie Iitoyo as Anzu Hanashiro
  • Oji Suzuka as Kaoru Tono
  • Miyu Irino as Ushio Tono
  • Yui Ogura as Hitomi Tono
  • Kenjiro Tsuda as Ryosuke Hanashiro
  • Ai Kakuma as Kana Hanashiro
  • Kenji Nomura as Dr. Urashima

The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit to Goodbyes Plot Summary:

Kaoru Tono is a high school student struggling to cope with the death of his younger sister and the news of divorce between his parents. One day, he hears a rumor about a mysterious tunnel that grants wishes in exchange for one’s lifespan. After deciding to go to the tunnel and find out the truth, he ends up on a journey that is going to change his life forever.

Kaoru meets Anzu Hanashiro, a new transfer student in his class who also knows about the rumors of the tunnel. Anzu has a wish she wants to be granted, and she asks Kaoru to help her. The two of them enter the tunnel together and soon find themselves in a strange and beautiful world.

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A still from The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit to Goodbyes (2022).
A still from The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit to Goodbyes (2022).

In the tunnel, time works differently. A few minutes in the tunnel can equal weeks or even years in the real world. Kaoru and Anzu use this to their advantage and begin granting their wishes. However, they soon realize there is a price to pay for using the tunnel.

The more they use the tunnel, the more their lifespans are shortened. Kaoru and Anzu must decide whether they will sacrifice their lives for their wishes.

Where to Watch The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit to Goodbyes?

The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit to Goodbyes, is available to stream on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu.

The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit to Goodbyes Ending Explained

Ultimately, Kaoru and Anzu use the tunnel to save Kaoru’s sister. They are aware that doing this will sacrifice their own lives. Still, they believe that it is the right thing to do. Kaoru and Anzu enter the tunnel together so that they can save Kaoru’s sister. However, they both die in the process.

The film ends with Kaoru’s sister visiting his grave. In this emotional moment, Kaoru’s sister tells him that she will never forget him and is very grateful for what he did for her. The film then cuts to a scene of Kaoru and Anzu in the tunnel, holding hands. They are both smiling, and they seem to be at peace.

The ending of The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit to Goodbyes, is both bittersweet and hopeful. The film is a reminder that even if life is short, living it to the fullest is very important. The film also shows that there is always hope, even in the darkest of times.

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