Special New Year’s card prize drawing also announced
Trigger, the animation studio behind the hit anime series, Kill La Kill has announced its second production entitled, Kiznaiver, as well as the names of the two leads.
Central character Agata Katsuhira will be played by the well-known actor Yuki Kaji. The mysterious Noriko Sonozaki will be played by the voice actress Hibiku Yamamura, who is also known for sings under the name hibiku. Both actors have released comments on the official Kiznaiver website.
Speaking about the movie and his character, Kaji says, “I’ve taken on a role that expresses the strange feeling Katsuhira, my character, has about himself.” Yamamura says, “I think this is a big opportunity for me. Initially I was very nervous, but after getting closer to my own character, Noriko, I was better able to play the role”.
The production house also referred to other events associated with the casting announcement, including a Kiznaiver Q&A session in which additional casting was discussed, but they left plenty of mystery in the air regarding the project.
Further cast announcements are scheduled as follows:
January 10, 2016: Casting announced for characters Takashiro Chidori, Tenga and Nico Niyama (movie previews from January 4-6).
February 10, 2016: Casting announced for characters Yuta Tsuguhito, Maki Honoka and Hisomu Yoshiharu (movie previews from February 4-6).
A New Year’s gift promotion has also been announced:
They will select 1000 winners from among Kiznaiver Twitter followers in a drawing to receive a New Year’s card. The card has been specially created by character designer Mai Yoneyama.
If you’re a Twitter follower, hurry up and fill out an entry form for a chance to win this unique gift.
Kiznaiver New Year’s Card Gift Campaign
Application period: December 10 (Thu) 8pm – December 16 (Wed) midnight, 2015.
How to enter:
- Log-in to the official Kiznaiver Twitter account.
- Complete and submit the application form on the official Kiznaiver website.
For further details, check out the following official sites:
The story is set in Sugomori City, built on land reclaimed from the ocean. Katsuhira Agata, a high school boy living there has a body that feels no pain and he doesn’t know why.
Before the summer vacation, under the guidance of a mysterious girl, Noriko Sonozaki, he is chosen to be a member of Kiznaiver, a group of people who share pain. Later he finds classmates who are also part of Kiznaiver, although they are originally from different groups that don’t get along.
Sonozaki says, “This is an experiment into guiding the world from war to peace.” From here, the trials begin.
And so begins a summer story about youngsters who are bound to share their wounds.
Original work: Trigger/ Mari Okada
Director: Hiroshi Kobayashi
Screenplay and organization: Mari Okada
Character design: Shirow Miwa
Character design: Mai Yoneyama
Art director: Masanobu Nomura (Bihou)
Color scheme: Mikasa Osamu
Photography director: Tamura Hitoshi Yamamoto Mitsuyoshi (Graphinica, Inc.)
Editing: Okuda Hiroshi
Music: Hayashi Yuki
Sound director: Kameyama Toshiki
Sound effects: Kurahashi Yuso
Animation production: TRIGGER
Agata Katsuhira: Yuki Kaji
Sonozaki Noriko: Hibiku Yamamura
Takashiro Chidori: ?
Nico Niyama: ?
Yuta Tsuguhito: ?
Maki Honoka: ?
Hisomu Yoshiharu: ?
? = TBA (to be announced)
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