Sentai Filmworks Licenses The Book of Bantorra Anime
posted on 2012-02-03 15:48 EST by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Sentai Filmworks announced on Friday that it has licensed Shueisha and David Production's television anime series The Book of Bantorra (Tatakau Shisho - The Book of Bantorra). The company will release the 27-episode series digitally and on bilingual DVD later this year.
In the series, which is based on Ishio Yamagata's original Tatakau Shisho series of light novels, all the dead people of the world have been turned into "books" stored in the Bantorra library. A boy named Colio (Miyu Irino) has had his memories erased and his chest embedded with a bomb. He is sent to kill Hamutz Meseta (Romi Paku), the world's most powerful armed librarian. However, he falls in love at first sight with this beautiful woman in charge of the "books," and he gets enveloped in the great war over the library.
Toshiya Shinohara (Kuroshitsuji, Inuyasha movies) directed the animators at David Production. Mari Okada (Kuroshitsuji, CANAAN) supervised the scripts, and Masaki Yamada (Appleseed movies, Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040) designed the characters. Other cast members in the series include Akira Ishida, Ayako Kawasumi, Haruka Tomatsu, Hirofumi Nojima, Kenta Miyake, Miyu Irino, Miyuki Sawashiro, Ryotaro Okiayu, Toru Ohkawa, and Yuuichi Nakamura.
Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan in 2009.
Update: Background information and press release link added.
Image © Ishio Yamagata, Shigeki Maeshima/Shueisha, Bantorra Library
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