Sentai Filmworks Licenses Chaika The Coffin Princess, 7 Summer Anime Titles
posted on by Karen Ressler
Sentai Filmworks announced at its Anime Expo Panel on Friday that it has licensed the following titles: Chaika The Coffin Princess, Argevollen (Shirogane no Ishi Argevollen), Blue Spring Ride (Ao Haru Ride), Akame ga Kill!, Invaders of the Rokujyōma!?, Rail Wars!, Sabagebu -Survival Game Club-, and Glasslip.
Chaika - The Coffin Princess 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 first season premiered in April, and Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan. A second season is slated for October.
Argevollen takes place in a world where two countries, Arandas and Ingelmia, have been warring against each other for a very long time. Tokimune, a young man belonging to the eighth autonomous unit of Arandas, saves a girl named Jamie when she is attacked by enemy forces. In order to survive, he rides the new weapon Argevollen and fights.
Atsushi Ootsuki (Kanokon: The Girl Who Cried Fox, To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness, Wagnaria!! Season 2) is directing the original anime at Xebec. Tatsuo Sato (Basquash!, Bodacious Space Pirates, Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars) is in charge of the series scripts. Yuichi Oka (To Love-Ru, Softenni) is designing the characters, while Hirame Kikuchi (The Pilot's Love Song) and Kenji Teraoka (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Mobile Suit Gundam 00) are designing the mecha.
The series premiered on Crunchyroll on Thursday.
Blue Spring Ride adapts a manga series by Io Sakisaka. The story revolves around Futaba, a girl who was in love with a boy named Kō Tanaka in middle school. However, after a misunderstanding, their relationship as friends ends when he transfers schools over summer vacation. In high school, her world is turned around once again when she meets Kō again, this time under the name of Kō Mabuchi.
Ai Yoshimura (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU) is directing the series at Production I.G. and Tomoko Konparu (Kimi ni Todoke, Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love 1000%, Sunday Without God,) is in charge of the scripts.
The series will premiere on Monday.
Akame ga Kill! adapts the manga series written by Takahiro with art by Tetsuya Tashiro. The dark action fantasy manga follows the title character, Akame, a girl who was bought, and raised by the Empire as an assassin. After meeting Akame, a boy named Tatsumi vows to stand up to the evil of the corrupt Empire with the secret assassin group Night Raid and special weapons known as Teigu.
Tomoki Kobayashi (Tears to Tiara, sola) is directing the anime, and Makoto Uezu (Danganronpa The Animation, Qwaser of Stigmata) is in charge of the series scripts with original creator Takahiro supervising the scenario. Kazuhisa Nakamura (Jormungand) is designing the characters, and Taku Iwasaki (Black Butler, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Gatchaman Crowds) is composing the music.
The series will premiere on Monday and run for half a year.
Invaders of the Rokujyōma!? adapts a light novel series by Takehaya. The "apartment comedy" centers around Kōtarō Satomi, a boy who started to live by himself to attend a high school. He fortunately discovered a very cheap, tiny (six-mat or rokujyōma) room for 5,000 yen (about US$50) a month, and began his new life there. However, when he moved into that room 106 in the Korona complex, some unexpected "roommates" began appearing one by one.
Shin Oonuma (Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya, ef: a tale of melodies) will direct the anime at animation studio Silver Link (Dusk maiden of Amnesia, Kokoro Connect), and original creator Takehaya will serve as series director. Poko provided the original character designs, and Hideki Furukawa will adapt the character designs for the anime, and will also act as storyboard director. Shogo Yasukawa will handle series composition, Ryosuke Nakanishi will score the soundtrack, and Zero-A will produce the music.
The series will premiere on Friday.
Rail Wars! adapts Takumi Toyoda's Rail Wars! -Nihon Kokuyū Tetsudō Kōantai- (Rail Wars! Japanese National Railways Security Force) light novel series. The series premiered on Thursday in Japan and Crunchyroll will stream the first episode on Saturday. Crunchyroll describes the series:
In a parallel world where Japan has not privatized any of its railways, Naoto Takayama is an ordinary high school student who dreams of being a train conductor for the Japanese National Railways. He is assigned as to the Tokyo Central Railway Public Security Office. He is teamed up with Aoi Sakurai, a strong willed woman who excels in marksmanship and close combat, Haruka Koumi, who has an extraordinary memory, Sho Iwaizumi, a hot-blooded man who relies on brute force. From lost children to bombings, Naoto must lead this team, despite not having any special strength!
Yoshifumi Sueda (Haitai Nanafa, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood episode director) is directing the anime at animation studio Passione (Haitai Nanafa) with series composition by Masashi Suzuki (The Sacred Blacksmith, Shuffle!). Makoto Uno (Love Hina, The Qwaser of Stigmata) serves as character designer and chief animation director, and Sayaka Koiso serves as chief animation director and sub-character designer. Yuushi Koshida (Kids on the Slope, Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing) is the CGI director, and Yoshiaki Fujisawa (Love Live! School idol project, The Eccentric Family) composes the music.
The story of Hidekichi Matsumoto's original Sabagebu manga, which is running in Kodansha's Nakayoshi shojo magazine, revolves around Momoka Sonokawa, a girl who transferred into a certain girls' high school. The club she ended up joining at school was the "Sabagebu!," a club that conducts survival games.
Masahiko Ohta (Yuruyuri - Happy Go Lily) is directing the anime from scripts by Takashi Aoshima (Kotoura-san) at Pierrot Plus (Beelzebub, Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee). Masashi Kudo is designing the characters.
The series will premiere on Sunday.
Crunchyroll began streaming P.A. Works' original anime Glasslip on Thursday, and describes the series:
Glasslip follows the story of Toko Fukami, an aspiring glass-blower whose family runs a glass-working business. During the summer, she and her four friends meet a transfer student, Kakeru Okikura, who claims that a voice from the future lead him to Toko. His arrival sets off a chain of events for the six of them that will make their final summer together full of hope and heartache.
Toshie Honda is the art director, while Kōsuke Haruta is the 3D director. Naomi Nakano is the color key artist, and Ayumu Takahashi is editing. Kouji Tsujitani is directing the sound, and Infinite is producing.