Funimation announced on Friday during its Summer Season Preview event that it will exclusively stream The Stranger by the Shore (Umibe no Étranger) boys-love anime film on July 9 in English and in Japanese with English, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles. The film will stream in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavian countries, Brazil, and Mexico.
The English dub cast includes:Josh Grelle as Shun Justin Briner as Mio Morgan Lauré as Eri Bryn Apprill as Suzu Amber Lee Connors as Sakurako Jessica Cavanagh as Auntie Steph Garrett as Young Mio Brittney Karbowski as Mio's Mom Mary Morgan as Young Shun Monica Rial as Shun's Mom David Wald as Shun's Dad Ciarán Strange as Mimi's Bar Employee Brandon McInnis as Wada
The story centers on Mio, a high school boy who lost his parents at an early age. Shun, a gay aspiring novelist living near Mio's house on a remote island in Okinawa, noticed Mio sitting for hours at a bench on the beach. They grew closer to each other, but Mio had to leave Okinawa. Three years later, Mio returns to face his feelings.
Akiyo Ohashi (Land of the Lustrous manga's 2013 promotional video, Sakura Capsule) directed the anime at Studio Hibari, and also served as scriptwriter and storyboarder. Kii, a former animator, supervised the film, and also designed the film's characters. Mayumi Watanabe was the chief animation director, while Takashi Hashimoto iwass the effects animation director. Composer and musician Mina Kubota (Aria the Animation, Macross Delta, A Whisker Away) composed the film's music.
Umibe no Étranger is Kii's debut work as a manga creator, and it ran in Shodensha's On Blue magazine in 2013. Kii launched a sequel manga titled Harukaze no Etranger (L'étranger du zéphyr or The Stranger of the Spring Breeze) in On Blue in July 2014. Shodensha published the manga's third compiled book volume in July 2017.
Sources: Email correspondence, Funimation Summer 2021 Season Preview livestream