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Jun Fukuyama, Eri Kitamura Lead Aruvu Rezuru Anime Cast

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ZEXCS animates Yū Yamaguchi's script of his own cyber science-fiction novel

The official Twitter account for the anime studio ZEXCS announced on Friday that it is producing the previously revealed Aruvu Rezuru - Kikai Jikake no Yōsei-tachi- (Aruvu Rezuru - Mechanized Fairies) cyber science-fiction anime. ZEXCS also revealed the anime's cast and staff:

Jun Fukuyama will play the main character Remu Mikage, while Eri Kitamura will play his sister Shiki Mikage. Tatsuya Yoshihara (episode director on Sket Dance) will make his full-fledged directing debut on this anime, while Yū Yamaguchi, the author of the original Aruvu Rezuru novel, is writing the script.

Aruvu Rezuru is set a decade from now in the year 2022, as humanity continues to accelerate towards the technological singularity (the advent of computers that surpass humans). Thanks to advances in nano-assembly technology and man-machine interfaces, Nerve-seller Linker Nano-machines (NLN, a super-miniaturized wireless communications device that emulates neurons) have been brought into fruition and onto the marketplace.

An NLN bypasses the bottlenecks imposed by existing display/keyboard and touch panel interfaces by connecting the human nervous system wirelessly to external networks — thus allowing the human consciousness to seamlessly link to networks. However, as the barriers fall down between man and machine, the consciousness of tens of thousands of people become lost in the network, in an crisis that becomes known as "Early Rapture." A boy named Remu goes to take back the soul of his little sister, who disappeared in net space.

Aruvu Rezuru is the first novel under Kodansha's BOX-AiR program to be animated. The Kodansha Box imprint, the electronic magazine BOX-AiR, and King Record's Starchild label run the BOX-AiR program which has offered to "consider" adapting the monthly published writings into anime. The organizer selected Aruvu Rezuru out the 11 winners of the New Author Awards.

[Via Yaraon!]

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