News Granblue Fantasy TV Anime Slated to Premiere on April 1
posted on 2017-03-05 13:45 EST
By Egan Loo
The official website for the television anime of the Granblue Fantasy smartphone role-playing game announced that the anime will premiere on Tokyo MX, BS11, Tochigi TV, and Gunma TV channels (and the AbemaTV service) on April 1 at 24:00 (effectively, April 2 at midnight Japan Time or April 1 at 11:00 a.m. EDT). It will then run on the MBS, AT-X, TV Aichi, Hokkaido Broadcasting Co., Ltd., RKB Mainichi Broadcasting, and Saga TV channels. The Interviews with Monster Girls anime runs in that timeslot on Tokyo MX currently.
The website also unveiled the illustration (shown above) of the SS Rare Character Erste Empire Lieutenant Katalina. The first Blu-ray Disc/DVD volume of the anime will include a bonus serial code to obtain her in the game. The two-episode April 26 volume will also include audio commentaries by Yuuki Ono, Nao Toyama, and Rie Kugimiya of episode 1.
Aniplex of America will stream the series on the services Crunchyroll, Daisuki, and Anime Strike. Aniplex of America describes the story:
This is a world of the skies, where many islands drift in the sky. A boy named Gran and a talking winged lizard named Vyrn lived in Zinkenstill, an island which yields mysteries. One day, they come across a girl named Lyria. Lyria had escaped from the Erste Empire, a military government that is trying to rule over this world using powerful military prowess. In order to escape from the Empire, Gran and Lyria head out into the vast skies, holding the letter Gran's father left behind - which said, "I will be waiting at Estalucia, Island of Stars".
The anime stars:
- Yuuki Ono as Gran
- Nao Tōyama as Lyria
- Rie Kugimiya as Vyrn
- Miyuki Sawashiro as Katalina
- Hiroaki Hirata as Rackam
- Yukari Tamura as Io
- Rie Tanaka as Rosetta
- Emiri Katō as Sierokarte
- Tomokazu Sugita as Drang
- Kanae Itō as Sturm
The anime adapts Cygames' Granblue Fantasy smartphone game. Yuuki Itoh (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid) is directing the anime at A-1 Pictures with Ayako Kurata as anime series director. Cygames itself is credited for the scripts, and Toshifumi Akai (Kokoro Connect, Sound of the Sky) is designing the characters. Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy games I-XI), Tsutomu Narita (Final Fantasy XIV composer and arranger), and Yasunori Nishiki are composing the music. Bump of Chicken performs the anime's theme song "GO."
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