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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Rozen Maiden ~ Zurückspulen Anime

posted on by Karen Ressler
New Rozen Maiden series currently streaming on Crunchyroll

North American anime licensing company Sentai Filmworks announced at Anime Expo on Saturday that it has licensed the anime series Rozen Maiden Zurückspulen, the new re-imagining of Rozen Maiden. The home video release is slated for 2014.

The series premiered in Japan on July 4 on the TBS station. Crunchyroll is streaming the series in several regions as it airs.

Mamoru Hatakeyama (Sankarea) is directing the new anime at Studio DEEN. Tomomi Mochizuki (House of Five Leaves, Fancy Lala) is writing, supervising the series scripts, and directing the sound. Kyuta Sakai (Sankarea, Steins;Gate, When They Cry - Higurashi) is serving as character designer and chief animation director. Shinkichi Mitsumune is returning from the previous Rozen Maiden anime projects to score the music under the Lantis label, and Ali Project is again performing the opening theme song.

Ryota Ohsaka plays Jun Sakurada, while Asami Sanada reprises her role as Jun Sakurada in middle school. The voice cast for the dolls at the center of the story include:

Peach-Pit launched Rozen Maiden in Gentosha's Monthly Comic Birz magazine in 2002 before switching to Shueisha's Young Jump magazine in 2008. It inspired two 12-episode television anime adaptations, Rozen Maiden and Rozen Maiden - Träumend, the two-episode prequel, Rozen Maiden: Ouvertüre in 2006, and a short special, Rozen Maiden: Detective Kun-Kun.

Geneon Entertainment licensed the original series and Rozen Maiden - Träumend for release in North America in 2007. FUNimation Entertainment then signed a deal with Geneon Entertainment in 2008 to distribute both Rozen Maiden and Rozen Maiden - Träumend in 2008. Sentai Filmworks picked up and released Rozen Maiden, Rozen Maiden - Träumend, and Rozen Maiden: Ouvertüre in 2011.

Image © Peach-Pit, Shueisha/Rozen Maiden Production Committee

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