Witch Craft Works Anime's Longer TV Ad Streamed
posted on by Egan Loo
The official website for the Witch Craft Works television anime began streaming a 30-second TV commercial for the anime last week. The video features the opening theme song, "divine intervention" by fhana. In the spot, Honoka Takamiya (voiced by Yūsuke Kobayashi) explains that he sits next to a beautiful, studious, and famous girl in class. In addition, she's also a witch.
The anime of Ryū Mizunagi's Witch Craft Works manga was announced last year. The story centers around Honoka Takamiya, a boy whose classmate Ayaka Kagari is talented in sports, excels in classes, and is attractive on top of everything. She also happens to be the most powerful witch on earth. Her purpose in life is to protect Takamiya at all costs.
The cast announced thus far includes:
Asami Seto (Valvrave the Liberator, Chihayafuru) as Ayaka Kagari
Ai Kayano (You and Me, Senyū) as Kasumi Takamiya, Honoka's little sister
Shiori Izawa (Girls und Panzer, Silver Spoon) as Tanpopo Kuraishi, one of the "Witches of the Tower" who transfered to the high school
Ayako Kawasumi as Komachi Takamiya
Rie Kugimiya as Chronowalschwarz Six
Shiina Natsukawa as Twintail (Kanna Utsugi)
Momo Asakura as Tsurupeta (Rin Kazari)
Natsumi Hioka as Deko (Kotetsu Katsura)
Yuko Iida as Eye Patch (Mei Menowa)
Sayaka Ohara as Kazane Kagari
Yō Taichi as Kanae Hōzuki
Kana Asumi as Tōko Hio
Ai Matayoshi as Ai
Mari Shiraishi as Mai
Yuka Kuroda as Mi
Aya Hirano as Weekend
Tsutomu Mizushima (XXXholic, Girls und Panzer, Genshiken) is directing the anime at J.C. Staff as well as supervising the series scripts. Mizushima is also working on the anime's scripts alongside Michiko Yokote (Bleach, Genshiken, Cowboy Bebop, XXXHOLiC) and Reiko Yoshida (K-ON!, A Town Where You Live, Buddha 2: Tezuka Osamu no Buddha ~Owarinaki Tabi~). Yukie Hiyamizu (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S sub-character designs) is designing the characters while Hiroshi Yakou (Heaven's Memo Pad, Waiting in the Summer) is designing the props. Kunio Tsujita (Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East) is handling the visual coordination for the series while Tomonori Kuroda (A Certain Magical Index, A Certain Scientific Railgun, Shakugan no Shana III (Final)) is the art director.
Technoboys Pulcraft Green-fund (Akikan!) is composing the music at Lantis, and fhana is contributing the opening. The group KMM-Dan (the characters Tanpopo Kuraishi, Rin Kazari, Kanna Utsuki, Mei Menowa, and Kazane Katsura) is performing the ending theme song "Witch Activity."
The anime had an advance screening event in Tokyo's Cinemart Shinjuku theater last week, and the Bandai Channel also streamed the first episode to 2,000 viewers. Crunchyroll will begin streaming the anime on January 8.
Mizunagi launched the manga in 2011, and Kodansha published the sixth compiled volume last month.
Embedded video via Maxim Firsov
Images © Ryū Mizunagi, Kodansha/Witch Craft Works Production Committee