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Film Friday- SK8 the Infinity

SK8 the Infinity is a Japanese original anime television series produced and animated by Bones that aired from January 10 to April 4, 2021 on ABC and TV Asahi’s ANiMAZiNG!!! programming block. A comedy manga spin-off started serializing on the Young Ace Up manga website on January 11, 2021. A manga adaptation of the television series started releasing on the BookLive! e-book store on March 5, 2021.

Plot

In Okinawa, a group of hardcore skaters participate in a secret, no-holds-barred competition after midnight known as “S”, racing each other on skateboards down a winding road carved out of an abandoned mine and occasionally forming rivalries, also known as “beefs”, with each other. Reki, a high school sophomore and hardcore skater, takes new transfer student Langa to S one night, and ends up pulling him into the world of skateboarding.

Media

Anime

On September 13, 2020, it was reported that Hiroko Utsumi and Bones were working on an anime television series project. Further details were not revealed until the following week. On September 20, 2020, the series was officially announced. Utsumi will direct the series, while Ichirō Ōkouchi will oversee the series’ scripts, Michinori Chiba will design the characters and serve as chief animation director, and Ryō Takahashi will compose the series’ music. The series aired from January 10 to April 4, 2021 on ABC and TV Asahi’s ANiMAZiNG!!! programming block. The opening theme song is “Paradise” performed by Rude-α, and the ending theme song is “Infinity” performed by Yūri. Aniplex of America licensed the series outside of Asia and streamed it on Funimation, AnimeLab, and Wakanim in their territories. In Southeast Asia, the series is licensed by Muse Communication, who streamed it on Bilibili. Funimation produced a simuldub for the series. The series ran for 12 episodes.

Manga

A comedy manga spin-off by Toriyasu, titled Sk8 Chill Out!, started serializing on Kadokawa Shoten’s Young Ace Up manga website on January 11, 2021. A manga adaptation of the television series by Kazuto Kōjima released on the BookLive! e-book store under their Nino imprint starting on March 5, 2021.