News NIS America Licenses Otome Yōkai Zakuro TV Anime
posted on 2012-03-05 14:00 EST by Crystalyn Hodgkins
NIS America (NISA), the American subsidiary of the Nippon Ichi Software game company, announced on Monday that it has licensed the 13-episode Otome Yōkai Zakuro television anime series under the name Zakuro. NISA will release the complete series with English subtitles in its premium edition format on June 12. The two-disc DVD set will include a 36-page hardcover art book.
Chiaki Kon (When They Cry - Higurashi, Hanasakeru Seishōnen, Junjō Romantica) directed the animators at J.C. Staff on Zakuro, which is based on Lily Hoshino's manga. The supernatural historical anime is set in an alternate version of Japan where humans and yōkai (demons) co-exist. The government has established a Ministry of Yōkai and Humans to deal with the incidents that flare up between the two races. The ministry is composed of human representatives, yōkai representatives, and one girl named Zakuro (Mai Nakahara) with half-human, half-yōkai blood. The show originally aired between October and December 2010. The media distribution service Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in various countries outside of Japan.
Image © Lily Hoshino/Gentosha Comics, Zakuro Production Committee