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: 7.041 (scored by 4821348,213 users)
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Ranked: #39412
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Popularity: #1434
Members: 156,310
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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


Nakamura, Shinichi
Kaneko, Hayato
Producer, Planning
Shioya, Yoshiyuki
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)


Jul 22, 2023
I was a bit disappointed by the ending, but the rest is good and well thought out. The plot is enjoyable, and the elements that they add in during the show are nice to see as the story develops.

It is really pleasurable to see that Ayumu is the one ‘head-over-heels’ rather than the Urushi. Additionally, the fact that Urushi is older than Ayumu is very different to usual stereotypes, which is refreshing to see.

The OP and the outro are amazing, along with the drawing style. I am assuming that they went for a more old-school vibe, seeing as the show seems to be set ...
Nov 19, 2022
Mixed Feelings
+ The art and animation are cute!
+ Very catchy ending theme
~ It's severely lacking in novelty; the show needs a hook or selling point to separate it from other slice-of-life anime
~ The story has no real conflict; characters are in love but don't ask out their crush for artificial reasons
~ The show doesn't really go anywhere and ends on a cop-out

= It's a mediocre, run-of-the-mill high school rom-com with a tiny bit of shogi sprinkled in. It's not awful, but it is unoriginal, even by slice-of-life standards. Cuteness factor aside, the anime isn't very dramatic or absorbing. By Episode 7, I found it hard to ...
Oct 28, 2022
This anime was good but it was a let down when it came to the end of the series.... I thought the story was progressing really beautifully there were many moments that both characters were developing and trying to be better versions of them selves but when it came to the end of the series it felt like a let down.

I really am not a big fan of anime that really end on a cliff hanger like that. A season should be contained and while its fine to have unanswered questions, i am not ok with a story reaching its climax and never getting ...

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