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Sci-Fi Naval Anime Arpeggio of Blue Steel's 2nd Promo Streamed

posted on by Sarah Nelkin
Kazuyuki Okitsu plays Gunzō Chihaya, Mai Fuchigami plays Iona in anime premiering this fall

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Ark Performance's science-fiction naval manga Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio (Arpeggio of Blue Steel) began streaming the second promotional video for the anime on Thursday. In the video, Iona refers to herself as an existence that is to obey orders and be a weapon.

The website revealed the first two cast members and their character's character designs:

Kazuyuki Okitsu plays Gunzō Chihaya, the captain of the I-401 submarine. He has a brilliant mind and is usually cool and collected, but sometimes one is able to see him act his age and worry or get irritated.

Mai Fuchigami plays Iona, the Mental Model of the I-401 submarine. Unlike the other Fleets of Fog, she appears to not have received orders to exterminate humanity from the ocean. She lets Gunzō ride the vessel as its captain, and takes orders from him.

Jun Fukuyama and Aoi Yūki played Gunzō and Iona respectively in the drama CD. Other cast members of the drama CD include the following:

In the story, humanity lost much of its developed land due to global warming in the first half of the 21st century. Then, a "Fleet of Fog" loaded with super weapons suddenly appears all over the world. Without the ability to withstand this fleet, humanity was defeated and could no longer travel the seas. 17 years after the devastating naval war, Gunzō Chihaya and his friends somehow commandeer a "Fleet of Fog" submarine and rename it I-401. Together with Iona (I-401's "mental model" or physical incarnation in humanoid form), they take on the "Fleet of Fog."

Seiji Kishi (Persona 4 The Animation, Angel Beats!, Devil Survivor 2 The Animation) is directing the anime at SANZIGEN Animation Studio (009 Re:Cyborg, Black Rock Shooter). Makoto Uezu (Devil Survivor 2 The Animation, The Qwaser of Stigmata) is in charge of the series scripts, and Masato Kōda (Monster Hunter & Devil May Cry games) is composing the music.

The creative team "Ark Performance" launched the manga in Shonengahosha's Young King Ours magazine in 2009, and Shonengahosha published in the seventh volume in May.

The anime is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television this fall.

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