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Terra Formars Anime's Final Ad Teases Premiere

posted on 2014-09-25 13:40 EDT
Series to premiere on Crunchyroll on Friday

The official website for the television anime of Yū Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana's Terraformars manga began streaming a sixth and final version of its television commercial on Friday, in advance of its Friday premiere.

In the video, the narrator and text describe the show's premise, in which cockroaches are sent to terraform Mars in the middle of the 21st century to make it ready for humans to live on, but it ends in a war between humans and vermin.

The anime will premiere on September 26 at 24:30 (effectively, September 27 at 12:30 a.m.) and Crunchyroll will stream the series as it airs.

The story of the original manga begins in the year 2577, hundreds of years after scientists sent cockroaches and mold to terraform Mars. However, when the first manned ships land on Mars, they encounter large humanoid cockroaches with great strength, and are wiped out. Humanity then sends elite warriors to Mars to eliminate the cockroaches.

The anime will star:

  • Yoshimasa Hosoya as Akari Hizamaru
  • Hidenobu Kiuchi as Shōkichi Komachi
  • Shizuka Itou as Michelle
  • Kaito Ishikawa as Marcos
  • KENN as Alex
  • Ai Kayano as Sheila
  • Daisuke Ono as Keiji Onizuka
  • Chiaki Takahashi as Kanako Sanjō
  • Aki Toyosaki as Yaeko Yanasegawa
  • Tomokazu Sugita as Ichirō Hiruma
  • Unshou Ishizuka as Sylvester
  • Tetsuo Komura as Liu Yiwu
  • Ayane Sakura as Eva Frost
  • Kenji Akabane as Ivan Perepelkina
  • Romi Park as Elena Perepelkina
  • Toshiyuki Morikawa as Shichisei Hiruma
  • Koji Yusa as Adolf Reinhard
  • Akira Ishida as Joseph
  • Hiroshi Yanaka as Ko Honda

The television anime will adapt the Annex 1 arc of the manga. The companion original video anime (OVA) project adapts the earlier Bugs 2 arc on discs bundled with the 10th and 11th manga volumes. The Annex 1 arc takes place 20 years after the Bugs 2 arc.

Hiroshi Hamasaki (Shigurui: Death Frenzy, Texhnolyze, Steins;Gate) is directing the TV anime at Liden Films. Shogo Yasukawa (Hyperdimension Neptunia, Invaders of the Rokujyōma!?) is handling the series composition, Masanori Shino (Shigurui: Death Frenzy, Black Lagoon) is handling the main character design, Satoshi Kimura (key animator for Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Valvrave the Liberator) is handling the character design, Takahari Ozaki (composite director for Texhnolyze) is serving as assistant director, and Shusei Murai (Silver Spoon, Tibetan Dog) is composing the music. Terrspex is performing the opening song "Amazing Break" and the ending theme song "Lightning."

Sasuga and Tachibana launched Terra Formars in 2011. The manga ranked at #3 on the Da Vinci magazine's list of the best male-oriented comics in the first half of 2013. The manga also topped the male readers category of the 2013 edition of the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook. The manga was nominated for last year's Manga Taisho award.

Viz Media has licensed the manga for North America, and the company published the second compiled volume on September 16.


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