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Hitsugi no Chaika TV Promo Aired

posted on by Andre Pappas
Fantasy series by Scrapped Princess author premieres April 9 in Japan

Japanese TV station BS11 aired a commercial for the upcoming fantasy anime Hitsugi no Chaika this Friday. The song playing in the commercial is "DARAKENA" by Iori Nomizu, which serves as the opening theme.

Chika Anzai narrates the commercial as her character Chaika:

Chaika: Name, Chaika Trabant. Coffin important. Very important. Everyone, watch this anime! Very important.

The main cast includes:

Chika Anzai (Danbōru Senki Wars, Akuma no Riddle) will play Chaika Trabant, a 14-year-old sorceress carrying a coffin.

Junji Majima (A Certain Scientific Railgun, Is This a Zombie?, Toradora!) will play Toru Acura, a 20-year-old retired soldier meandering through life now that the war has ended.

Yuko Hara will play Akari Acura, Toru's adopted sister and the employed member of the group.

Chiwa Saito (Madoka Magica, Dog & Scissors, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere) will play Fredrica (not pictured).

Other cast members include:

Yoshimasa Hosoya as Alberic Gillette

Kensuke Satō as Nicolai Avtotor

Iori Nomizu as Vivi Holopainen

Yumeha Kōda as Zita Brusasco,

Shūta Morishima as Matheus Caraway

Kazutomi Yamamoto as Leonardo Stora.

Hitsugi no Chaika's story centers around Toru Acura, a 20-year-old retired soldier meandering through life now that the war has ended. He encounters Chaika Trabant, a 14-year-old sorceress carrying a coffin and follows her in hopes of finding meaning to his life again. The two travel with Toru's adopted sister, Akari, the employed member of the group and thus Toru's source of income.

The series adapts Ichiro Sakaki's Hitsugi no Chaika fantasy light novels. Sakaki launched the light novel series with illustrations by Namaniku ATK (Nitroplus) in 2010, and Fujimi Shobo published the eighth volume in January. Shinta Sakayama began drawing a manga adaptation in Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine in 2011, and Kanikama started a four-panel comic adaptation in Kadokawa Shoten's 4-Koma Nano Ace in 2011.

Sōichi Masui (Anyamaru Tantei Kiruminzū, Crayon Shin-chan: Arashi o Yobu Ōgon no Spy Daisakusen, Crayon Shin-chan: Arashi o Yobu! Ora to Uchū no Princess) is directing the television series at the anime studio BONES (Eureka Seven, Star Driver). Masui and BONES also collaborated on 2003's Scrapped Princess, another anime based on Sakaki's writings. Touko Machida (Karneval, Lucky Star, The IDOLM@STER, Tears to Tiara) is in charge of the series scripts, and Nobuhiro Arai (animation director on Blast of Tempest, Shakugan no Shana film) is designing the characters. Seikou Nagaoka (Strike Witches, Tenchi Muyo!) is composing the soundtrack.

Sakaki's other works include Scrapped Princess, Strait Jacket, Magician's Academy, Polyphonica, CODE-E, and Outbreak Company - Moeru Shinryakusha — all of which inspired anime.

Hitsugi no Chaika will premiere on April 9 at 25:05 (April 10 at 1:05 a.m.) on Tokyo MX and other channels.

Update: Matheus Caraway's image fixed. Thanks, SnowMusket

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