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The December issue of ASCII Media Works' Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine has announced on Tuesday that a manga version of Aniplex's So-Ra-No-Wo-To (Sounds of the Skies) television anime series will launch in the next issue on November 27. According to the anime's official website, the artist Shinbayagi will draw the manga.
The story is set in the future on a land that, after being scarred by long-lasting wars, has settled into quiet decline. Model and actress Juri Aikawa will play Kanata Kumika, a 15-year-old girl who fulfills her dream of enlisting in the army and joins a unit of five girls who protect a fortress. The girls also play music that reverberate across the skies over towns without people and seas without fish.
So-Ra-No-Wo-To will premiere on TV Tokyo in January as the first release in Anime no Chikara (The Strength of Anime), a joint project of TV Tokyo's new anime department and Aniplex. Mamoru Kanbe (Elfen Lied, I''s Pure, Denpa teki na Kanojo) is directing the animators at A-1 Pictures. Hiroyuki Yoshino (Macross Frontier, Denpa teki na Kanojo, My-HiME) is supervising the scripts. Mel Kishida, the character designer of Gust's Rorona no Atelier ~Aarando no Renkinjutsushi~ role-playing game and an illustrator of several novel series, is creating the original character designs which Toshifumi Akai (key animator on Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) will adapt into anime. Michiru Oshima (Fullmetal Alchemist, Boys Over Flowers, Gokusen, Magic User's Club, Legend of Crystania, live-action Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon) is composing the music.
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