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S4 of ‘Encouragement of Climb: Next Summit’ to Debut this Fall

Through the years, ‘Encouragement of Climb’ has given us a memorable journey of an introverted kid. Little Aoi overcame her fear of heights, made friends, and went on different hiking adventures with them in the series’ previous installments.


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Aoi and Hinata’s trips haven’t ended yet as another upcoming season for ‘Encouragement of Climb’ has been announced. This time, you will get more than just short episodes.

‘Encouragement of Climb: Next Summit’ is the latest season of the franchise, and it will premiere on October 4, 2022. The new season will receive 12 episodes, each running for 30 minutes.

The first four episodes of the anime will reportedly contain compilations from the previous seasons and new short stories. A whole new plot will begin from episode 5 onwards.

Kadokawa has revealed a two-minute video where Aoi and her friends hike and have fun together, and it shows glimpses from the first four episodes:

テレビアニメ『ヤマノススメ Next Summit』 PV
TV animation “Yama no Susume Next Summit” PV

All the past hiking trips of Aoi and the team have been highlighted in the video. Each character has gone through intense growth in the past seasons and will have another eye-opening trip soon.

The trailer also previews the opening theme song for the series, ‘Omoi Nochi Hare’ by Yuka Aguchi and Kana Asumi.

A new character, Koharu, will also join the group this time. Koharu is the president of the climbing club in Aoi’s school. Emiri Iwai  plays the character, and she has previously voiced Mei-Mei in ‘Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld Part 2.’

You should also check out the latest visual, where the cheerful group poses with an inscribed pillar. The pillar hints toward their next journey to Mt. Fuji.

Season 4 of ‘Encouragement of Climb: Next Summit’ Set to Debut this Fall
Encouragement of Climb: Next Summit Visual | Source: Official Website

Although the girls have gone on some pretty challenging trips in the past, Mt. Fuji is a different matter altogether. Koharu will some pretty handy if they want to climb the tallest peak in Japan.

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About Encouragement of Climb

Encouragement of Climb is a slice of life manga series written and illustrated by Shiro, published in Earth Star Entertainment’s Comic Earth Star magazine in 2011.

The story revolves around Aoi Yukimura, a shy young girl who prefers to stay inside rather than go outside. One day, she reunites with her childhood friend, Hinata Kuraue, who loves mountaineering.

The two decide to go climbing and adventure together to see the sunrise they saw when they were younger. Throughout their journey, they meet other girls who share their love for the outdoors and adventure.

Source: Official Website

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