Sentai Filmworks Licenses Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya Anime

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Fate/stay night's Illya re-imagined as magical girl in TV anime

North American licensing company Sentai Filmworks announced at Anime Expo on Saturday that it has licensed the anime series Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya. The series, which re-imagines Fate/stay night's Illyasviel von Einzbern in an alternate universe as a magical girl, is slated for home video release in 2014.

The series is based off a manga by Hiroshi Hiroyama, which ran in Kadokawa Shoten's Comp Ace from 2007 to 2008. Hiroyama then launched two sequel manga series: Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya Zwei! from 2009 to 2012 and the most recent, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya Drei!!, last year.

Shin Oonuma (Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts, Dusk maiden of Amnesia) is directing the anime at SILVER LINK Kenji Inoue (Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts) is supervising the series scripts being written by Hazuki Minase (). Nozomi Ushijima (animation director on Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts 2, , Dusk maiden of Amnesia episodes) is designing the characters, while Tatsuya Katou (Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere, Kämpfer, Medaka Box) is scoring the music. In addition, Takashi Sakamoto (episode director on Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts 2, , Dusk maiden of Amnesia) is serving as chief director.

The anime's main cast are reprising their roles from a previous drama CD. Mai Kadowaki and Kana Ueda play Illyasviel von Einzbern (Illya) and Rin Tohsaka respectively from Fate/stay night and Fate/Zero. Kaori Nazuka (Code Geass' Nunnally, Eureka Seven's Eureka) plays Miyu Edelfelt, Shizuka Itou (A Certain Magical Index's Kaori Kanzaki, Hayate the Combat Butler's Hinagiku Katsura) plays Luviagelita Edelfelt (Luvia), Naoko Takano (Nadesico's Megumi Reinard, Brighter than the Dawning Blue's Midori Tooyama) plays Magical Ruby, and Miyu Matsuki (Hayate the Combat Butler's Isumi Saginomiya, Hidamari Sketch's Yoshinoya-sensei) plays Magical Sapphire.

Singer ChouCho is performing the anime's opening theme song, and the new revamped group StylipS is performing the anime's ending theme song "Prism Sympathy." The anime will premiere first on the Nico Nico video streaming website on July 6 before its first television broadcast on July 12.

Crunchyroll will stream the series starting on July 12.

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