Kyoto Animation Outlines Kyōkai no Kanata TV Anime
posted on by Sarah Nelkin
The countdown website that Kyoto Animation opened on Thursday has since revealed on Monday that the anime adaptation of Nagomu Torii's Kyōkai no Kanata dark fantasy light novel series will premiere on Japanese television in October. Kyoto Animation had announced in April that an anime adaptation of the novels was in the works. The website also updated with the first piece of key visual art (seen above), and character profiles:
Mirai Kuriyama is the heroine of the story of Kyōkai no Kanata. She is an underworlder who has the ability to manipulate blood. However, this ability is considered heresy by even the other underworlders, so she is shunned. Due to a certain incident in the past, she is not good at dealing with Yōmu, and thus her source of income was cut off. Thanks to this, she lives in great poverty. Her hobbies are tending bonsai plants and looking at unhappy blogs. Mirai is a first-year student in high school.
Akihito Kanbara is an immortal half-demon, and the protagonist of this story. Due to his rare heritage, he is unable to become a underworlder or a Yōmu. Due to this, he feels very isolated from the rest of the world, but he has lived his life trying to ignore that fact. He is a huge fan of glasses, and calls himself the “Meganest” (Glasses-est). He is a second-year student in high school and a member of the literature club.
Mitsuki Nase is the sadistic second daughter of the famous underworlder Nase household. She is with Akihito in order to observe him, but she is in fact very worried about him. She is good enough friends with Akihito to be able to speak frankly with him, and is the president of the school's literature club as a second-year student.
Hirofumi Nase is the eldest son of the famous underworlder Nase family and Mitsuki's elder brother. It appears that Hirofumi and Akihito had something happen between them in the past, but now they are on such good terms that they can joke around with each other. He has a big sister complex. Due to his barrier powers as an underworlder, he is extremely sensitive to cold, and is almost always seen wearing a muffler or scarf. Hirofumi is a third-year student in high school.
The website also posted the staff list for the anime. Taichi Ishidate (episodes of Clannad After Story, Hyōka, K-ON) is directing the anime at Kyoto Animation, and Jukki Hanada (Gakuen Alice, Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai!, Steins;Gate) is in charge of the series scripts. Miku Kadowaki (The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, K-ON! movie animation director) is designing the characters.
Additional staff are as follows:
- Art Director: Mikiko Watanabe
- Color Key: Kana Miyata
- Prop Design: Hiroyuki Takahashi
- Yōmu Design: Seiichi Akitake
- Director of Photography: Ryuuta Nakagami
- Sound Director: Yota Tsuruoka
- Production: Kyōkai no Kanata Production Committee
The dark fantasy follows a high school sophomore named Akihito Kanbara. Although the boy appears human, he is half Yōmu and invulnerable to wounds because he can heal quickly. One day, Akihito meets freshman Mirai Kuriyama when it seems she is about to jump from the school rooftop. Mirai is isolated because of her ability to manipulate blood, which is unique even among members of the underworld. Disturbing events begin to unfold after Akihito saves Mirai.
Kyōkai no Kanata received an honorable mention in the novel category of the Kyoto Animation Award program in 2011. The studio released the first volume last year, and the second volume shipped in April. To promote the first volume, the studio already released an animated television commercial:
The anime will premiere on Japanese television in October.
Update: Typos fixed. Thanks, suna_suna
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