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Crunchyroll to Stream The World is Still Beautiful Anime

posted on by Egan Loo
Anime of Dai Shiina's shōjo manga to premiere at 3 p.m. ET this Saturday

Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will stream The World Is Still Beautiful (Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii) anime series as it airs in Japan. The show will premiere for subscription members at 3:00 p.m. ET this Saturday, April 5. The stream will be available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Central and South America, and the Caribbeans.

Dai Shiina's original shōjo 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 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

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

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. Joanna Koike (KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple) is performing the opening theme song "Beautiful World." Rena Maeda is also performing the ending theme song "Promise."

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