Soredemo Ayumu wa Yosetekuru

When Will Ayumu Make His Move?

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Synonyms: Even so, Ayumu draws closer to the endgame, Even So, Ayumu Approaches, Soreayu
Japanese: それでも歩は寄せてくる
English: When Will Ayumu Make His Move?
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 8, 2022 to Sep 23, 2022
Premiered: Summer 2022
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:28 (JST)
Producers: Pony Canyon, TBS, Kodansha, Days
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Source: Manga
Genres: ComedyComedy, RomanceRomance
Theme: SchoolSchool
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.051 (scored by 4114341,143 users)
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Ranked: #38492
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Popularity: #1444
Members: 142,557
Favorites: 637

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When middle school kendo champion Ayumu Tanaka begins his first year in high school, he does not take the expected route of joining the Kendo Club; he signs up for the unofficial Shogi Club instead. His sole motive is falling in love at first sight with Urushi Yaotome—the club's president and only member—and will do anything to get closer to her. However, Ayumu decides not to confess to Urushi until he can beat her in a match of shogi fair and square.

Naturally, this self-imposed hurdle is a formidable challenge for Ayumu to overcome, as Urushi is far more experienced at the game and sees through his every strategy. Nevertheless, this does not stop him from praising her looks, her skill, or even her smile, which, coupled with Ayumu's expressionless face and direct approach, makes Urushi constantly blush beet red. Learning more about shogi and the charming player sitting across from him, Ayumu inches toward making his confession with each exciting round they play together—even if it is one pawn at a time!

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Soredemo Ayumu wa Yosetekuru was released on Blu-ray in two volumes from October 19, 2022 to December 21, 2022.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Kaneko, Hayato
Producer, Planning
Shimomiya, Airi
Assistant Producer


Opening Theme

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"Kakehiki wa Poker Face (駆け引きはポーカーフェイス)" by Kana Hanazawa

Ending Theme

"50 cm (50センチ)" by Urushi Yaotome (Kanna Nakamura)

Sep 22, 2022
If you are looking for something fun to watch with a plot that is not so deep, something heart-warming and sweet romantic comedy, something that will make you smile, well, this is the show you might be looking for.
I’m an awful reviewer, but I decided I should write what I felt while watching this anime.
I hope you like this one. This is a spoiler-free review.
Soredemo Ayumu wa Yosetekuru, or should I say "When Will Ayumu Make His Move?" is a simple high school romance anime that I’ll never get bored of watching. This show deserves more hype.
It shares the same art as teasing master Takagi ...
Sep 29, 2022
Mixed Feelings
There don't seem to be that many negative reviews for this show, which is certainly wonderful, but I just wanted to take a moment to highlight what some people may not enjoy about this experience (which is kind of synonymous with what I took away from it as a whole).

Soredemo Ayumu wa Yosetekuru is a romantic comedy by the author of Takagi-san. This is really easy to tell because of the character archetypes being very similar and the teasing + getting teased themes being extremely recurrent in the show.

For those that liked Takagi-san for what it was as a romance anime, I do believe that ...
Sep 22, 2022
Ah, those fleeting youthful days where romance was always on our minds, and falling in love was one of the best feelings one can imagine. This show really does warm my heart, and gave me some of those memories, though I will be honest, I didn’t really enjoy this show at the start, but little by little, I started liking it more.

The show is quite simple really, a middle school kendo champion, Ayumu Tanaka, begins his first year of high school, but didn’t join the kendo club, instead, he fell in love with Urushi Yaotome, the president and only member of the unofficial shogi club. ...

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