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Keiko Han Joins Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii Anime's Cast

posted on by Jennifer Sherman

Additional cast members for the television anime adaptation of Dai Shiina's Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii (Still [the] World is Beautiful) shōjo manga were unveiled on Saturday. The series will premiere on NTV on April 6.
The newly announced cast members are:

Keiko Han as Sheila, Livi's mother and concubine of the Sun Kingdom's late king

Takahiro Sakurai as Baldo, Livi's uncle and a minstrel

Shuuichi Ikeda as Vōdan, a royal adviser
Issei Futamata as Catesby, a royal adviser
Kousei Tomita as Ratcliff, a royal adviser

Ruriko Aoki as Ranra, a female courtier
Mizue Ohtsuka as Sūnya, a female courtier
Uki Satake as Mikia, a female courtier

Chisa Yokoyama as narrator

Joanna Koike (KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple) will perform the opening theme song "Beautiful World." Rena Maeda (Nike) will perform the in-anime song "Amefurashi no Uta ~Beautiful Rain~" (The Sea Hare's Song: Beautiful Rain) and the ending theme song "Promise."

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.

Previously announced cast includes:

Rena Maeda as Nike

Nobunaga Shimazaki as Livius I

Daisuke Namikawa as Lani Aristes

Tomokazu Sugita as Neil, Livi's secretary

Mariya Ise as Mira, Nike's oldest sister
Ai Kayano as Nia, Nike's second older sister
Yuka Terasaki as Kara, Nike's third older sister

Hajime Kamegaki (Air Gear, Fushigi Yugi) is directing the series at Studio Pierrot, while Ichiro Uno (Polar Bear's Café) is serving as character designer.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

Images © Dai Shiina, Hakusensha/Royal Bulletin Editing Department

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