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Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii Promotional Video Streamed

posted on 2014-03-20 15:20 EDT
Anime adaptation of Dai Shiina's manga to air April 5

MaiDiGitv's official YouTube channel streamed the promotional video for Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii (Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii) on Thursday. The official website also announced that the show will begin airing on April 5.

The video features Rena Maeda's "Amefurashi no Uta ~Beautiful Rain~" (The Sea Hare's Song: Beautiful Rain) in-anime theme song and introduces the two main characters. The cast includes:

Rena Maeda as Nike

Nobunaga Shimazaki as Livius I

Daisuke Namikawa as Lani Aristes

Tomokazu Sugita as Neil, Livi's secretary

Mariya Ise as Mira, Nike's oldest sister
Ai Kayano as Nia, Nike's second older sister
Yuka Terasaki as Kara, Nike's third older sister

Keiko Han as Sheila, Livi's mother and concubine of the Sun Kingdom's late king

Takahiro Sakurai as Baldo, Livi's uncle and a minstrel

Shuuichi Ikeda as Vōdan, a royal adviser
Issei Futamata as Catesby, a royal adviser
Kousei Tomita as Ratcliff, a royal adviser

Ruriko Aoki as Ranra, a female courtier
Mizue Ohtsuka as Sūnya, a female courtier
Uki Satake as Mikia, a female courtier

Chisa Yokoyama as narrator

Hajime Kamegaki (Air Gear, Fushigi Yugi) is directing the series at Studio Pierrot, while Ichiro Uno (Polar Bear's Café) is serving as character designer. Joanna Koike (KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple) will perform the opening theme song "Beautiful World." Rena Maeda will also perform the ending theme song "Promise."

Dai Shiina's original manga revolves around Nike, the determined princess of the Rain Dukedom who has a mysterious power: she can control rainfall. After losing a game of rock, paper, scissors to her older sisters, she is forced to unwillingly marry the king of the Sun Kingdom, Livius I. Livius (or Livi for short) conquered the world in three years, and is known as the "Dreadful King." However, when Nike meets him for the first time, she finds to her surprise that he is a boy younger than she is. Livius abruptly asks Nike to call forth the rain, and when she refuses, he has her thrown in jail. The story follows the two who, while at first are a married couple only in name, gradually begin to establish an emotional bond with one another.


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