Knights of Sidonia Anime's 2 TV Ads Streamed
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
King Records began streaming two new commercials on Thursday for the anime of Tsutomu Nihei's Knights of Sidonia manga. The videos use the anime's opening theme "Sidonia" by musical duo angela.
The show's official website also announced an additional cast member and two new staff members on Thursday. Rikiya Koyama (Fate/Zero's Kiritsugu Emiya, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex's Hideo Kuze) joins the cast as Hiroki Saito, Tanikaze's grandfather and the one who taught him how to pilot Guardians. Additionally, Hiroaki Ando (Steamboy, Gambo) is joining the as product director, and Hiroyuki Morita (Monster, The Cat Returns) is joining the staff as a storyboard artist.
The manga's "traditional science-fiction" story takes place after humans flee Earth due to the devastating invasion of alien creatures called Gauna. Humans travel through space in giant ships while the Gauna continue to pursue them. As a new human culture develops, people fight the Gauna with Morito (Guardian) robotic mecha. A young man named Nagate Tanikaze trains as a Morito pilot aboard the spaceship Sidonia and defends its people from Gauna attacks.
Netflix will stream the series "firstly and exclusively" in both the Japanese audio with English subtitles and in "dubbed local language dialogue" in all Netflix territories this summer.
The show's Japanese-language cast includes:
Aya Suzaki as Shizuka Hoshijiro, another Morito pilot trainee alongside Nagate
Aki Toyosaki as Izana Shinatose, a Morito pilot trainee
Takahiro Sakurai as Norio Kunato, a Morito pilot trainee
Hisako Kanemoto as Yuhata Midorikawa, a Morito pilot trainee
Eri Kitamura as Honoka Series, Morito pilot trainees
Sayaka Ohara as Captain Kobayashi, the 28th captain of Sidonia and commander of the Sidonia forces
Tomohiro Tsuboi as Ichirō Seii, commander's aide
Takehito Koyasu as Ochiai, captain's assistant
Satomi Arai as Lalah Hiyama, dormitory head
Atsuko Tanaka as Samari Ittan, Morito pilot
Nanako Mori as Eiko Yamano, a Morito pilot trainee
Takako Honda as Sasaki
Kousuke Toriumi as Tsuruuchi
Ayane Sakura as Mozuku Kunato
Osamu Saka as Shinsuke Tanba
The anime marks the 30th anniversary of POLYGON PICTURES, a studio that has earned Daytime Emmy Awards (Transformers Prime, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and an Annie Award (Tron: Uprising).
Kobun Shizuno (G.I. Joe: Sigma 6, Detective Conan movie) is directing the anime with co-director Hiroyuki Seshita (Street Fighter x Tekken, Final Fantasy). Sadayuki Murai (Steamboy, Millennium Actress) is writing the scripts and serving as series script supervisor, and Yuki Moriyama (Street Fighter x Tekken, Dino Dominion) is adapting the characters for animation.
The anime will premiere on April 10 in Japan.