News Crunchyroll to Stream The World is Still Beautiful Anime
posted on 2014-04-03 20:34 EDT
Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will stream The World is Still Beautiful (Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii) anime series as it airs in Japan. The show will premiere for subscription members at 3:00 p.m. ET this Saturday, April 5. The stream will be available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Central and South America, and the Caribbeans.
Dai Shiina's original shōjo 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.
The cast includes:
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
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) is performing the opening theme song "Beautiful World." Rena Maeda is also performing the ending theme song "Promise."
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