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Rena Maeda, Nobunaga Shimazaki Star in Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii

posted on by Egan Loo
Princess Nike & King Livius I in shōjo anime premiering this year

This year's sixth issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine is announcing the cast of the Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii (Even So, the World is Beautiful) anime on Thursday. Rena Maeda plays the heroine Nike Remercier, while Nobunaga Shimazaki will play the male lead Livius I.

Dai Shiina's original manga revolves around Nike, the determined princess of the Rain Dukedom who has a mysterious power: she can control rainfall. After losing a game of rock, paper, scissors to her older sisters, she is forced to unwillingly marry the king of the Sun Kingdom, Livius I. Livius (or Livi for short) conquered the world in three years, and is known as the "Dreadful King." However, when Nike meets him for the first time, she finds to her surprise that he is a boy younger than she is. Livius abruptly asks Nike to call forth the rain, and when she refuses, he has her thrown in jail. The story follows the two who, while at first are a married couple only in name, gradually begin to establish an emotional bond with one another.

The magazine is also unveiling the design for Neil, Livi's secretary. The anime will premiere this year on NTV. There will be a stage event at Anime Japan 2014's Green Stage on March 22 at 12:20 p.m.

Hajime Kamegaki (Air Gear, Fushigi Yugi) will direct the series, Ichiro Uno (Polar Bear's Café) will design the characters, and Studio Pierrot will be in charge of production.

Shiina wrote two one-shots for the manga in 2009 and 2011 in Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine, and then launched the full series in the same magazine in 2012. Hakusensha published the sixth compiled volume on January 20.

Source: Comic Natalie

Image © Dai Shiina, Hakusensha/Ooshitsu Kaihō Magazine Editorial Department

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