Twilight Out of Focus: Episode 1 Release Date and Time, Where to Watch, and More

The premiere of the first episode of Twilight Out of Focus, also known as Tasogare Out Focus, is scheduled for Thursday, July 4, 2024, at 11:30 pm JST. This highly anticipated anime is an adaptation of the popular manga by Jyanome, which was originally serialized in Kodansha’s digital BL magazine Honey Milk from June 10, 2018, to March 10, 2019. The story continued with a second part, Twilight Out of Focus 3: Overlap, which was released from May 10, 2019, to August 10, 2020.

Twilight Out of Focus 5: Long Take, the third installment, has been serialized since August 10, 2022 and is still ongoing as of June 2024. The first two parts were combined into one tankōbon volume, while the third part has been divided into two volumes. In addition, the series has two spin-off mangas titled Twilight Out of Focus 2: Afterimages in Slow Motion and Twilight Out of Focus 4: The Evening Monologues.

With the increasing demand, Kodansha USA has revealed that the series will be officially licensed for both digital and print publication in English in 2022. The show has amassed a significant fan base and viewers are eagerly anticipating its debut on the small screen in Summer 2024. As the release date draws near, fans are eagerly seeking details such as the exact premiere date and time, streaming platform availability, and other related information.

Episode 1: Twilight Out of Focus Release Date, Time, and Countdown

Twilight Out of Focus episode 1 is scheduled to premiere on Thursday, July 4, 2024, at 11:30 pm in Japan. However, the release time for viewers will vary depending on their location. For many international fans, the first episode of Twilight Out of Focus will be accessible earlier on the designated date.

The global release schedule for the first episode of Twilight Out of Focus is as follows in various regions:

Time Zones Date Time
Pacific Standard Time Thursday, July 4 6:30 am
Central Standard Time Thursday, July 4 8:30 am
Eastern Standard Time Thursday, July 4 9:30 am
Greenwich Mean Time Thursday, July 4 2:30 pm
Central European Time Thursday, July 4 3:30 pm
Indian Standard Time Thursday, July 4 8:00 pm
Philippines Standard Time Thursday, July 4 10:30 pm
Australian Central Standard Time Friday, July 5 12:00 am

Where to Watch Twilight Out of Focus Episode 1?

Mao and Hisashi in Twilight Out of Focus episode 1 trailer (Image via Studio Deen)
Mao and Hisashi in Twilight Out of Focus episode 1 trailer (Image via Studio Deen)

The first episode is set to air on different TV channels in Japan, including Tokyo MX on Thursday, July 4, 2024, at 11:30 PM JST; BS Fuji on Friday, July 5, 2024, at 12:30 AM JST; Hokkaido TV on Sunday, July 7, 2024, at 2:35 AM JST; and AT-X on Thursday, July 11, 2024, at 8:30 PM JST.

The anime will be accessible for streaming on various online platforms such as ABEMA, U-NEXT, Anime Hōdai, d Anime Store, DMM TV, Lemino, and more. Popular streaming services like Crunchyroll, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and others have secured the distribution rights for the anime.

Please note that the first episode will be available on various online platforms apart from ABEMA, U-NEXT, and Anime Hōdai starting from Monday, July 8, 2024, at 12:00 AM JST. Medialink is also broadcasting the anime in South and Southeast Asia, so viewers in these regions can watch the premiere on their YouTube channel, Ani-One Asia.

About the Anime: Synopsis, Cast, and Crew

Twilight Out of Focus is a BL series that centers around roommates Mao Tsuchiya and Hisashi Ootomo. At the beginning of the series, they make three promises to each other: Mao agrees to keep Hisashi’s homosexuality a secret, while Hisashi agrees to refrain from making any romantic advances towards Mao. Additionally, they both agree to respect each other’s personal boundaries and “personal time”.

However, things become complicated when Mao’s film club, of which he is a member, starts considering casting Hisashi as the lead in their new movie with a boys’ love theme. Despite Mao’s attempts to dissuade Hisashi because of their initial promise, Hisashi surprisingly accepts the role. As they work together, Mao’s feelings for Hisashi start to evolve beyond their friendship.

Under the production of Studio Deen, the anime brings together a skilled team of cast and crew members, led by director Toshinori Watanabe, series composer Yoshimi Narita, and character designer Yoko Kikuchi.

The cast includes Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Mao, with Yuma Uchida portraying Hisashi, along with other talented voice actors. Yoshitsugu Matsuoka is known for his roles as Kirito in Sword Art Online, Souma in Food Wars, and Inosuke in Demon Slayer, among many other notable characters.

Yuma Uchida is known for his exceptional voice acting skills in various well-known characters such as Kyo in Fruits Basket, Fushiguro in Jujutsu Kaisen, Kawaki in Boruto, and Uenoyama in Given, which is also a BL series.

The anime showcases music from well-known artists, with composition by Satoshi Hōno and Kaori Nakano. The opening song, titled Crank Up, is performed by the talented actor and singer Ikusaburo Yamazaki, while the popular music duo, Amber’s, provides the ending theme, Unchain×Unchain.

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