Haruka Shiraishi, Takaaki Seki Star in Ronja the Robber's Daughter TV Anime
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The official website for Goro Miyazaki's television anime of Swedish author Astrid Lindgren's Ronja the Robber's Daughter children's fantasy book revealed the show's main cast, additional staff, and premiere date on Tuesday.
The cast is as follows:
Haruka Shiraishi (From Up On Poppy Hill's Sora) as Ronja, Mattis' only daughter who was born during a thunderstorm. She is cheerful and loving, with an honest heart, but she is also reckless. She loves the forest and gradually starts to learn its ways. She hates Birk when she first meets him, but before long she starts to care for him.
Atsuki Tani (Majin Bone's Stolz) as Borka, Birk's father and the leader of another bandit troupe. He is a childhood friend of Mattis and the two are rivals. His personality is much the same as Mattis', but he also has a nervous temperament and is prudent.
Other cast members include:
- Reika Uyama (Tales of Vesperia ~The First Strike~'s Emma) as Birk
- Mika Doi (Rurouni Kenshin's Megumi) as Undis
- Fukiko Endō as Narrator
The official website also reveals that the show will premiere on Saturday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. on BS Premium. The first two episodes will air back-to-back on October 11. The channel will re-air each episode the following Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., although the first two episodes will re-air at 6:00 p.m. BS Premium will air a 90-minute special on October 4 at 7:00 p.m. temporarily titled "Ronja wa Koushite Umareta" (How Ronja Was Born).
The story revolves around Ronja, the only daughter of Mattis, the chief of a tribe of bandits who live in a large castle in a forest. Ronja studies the ways of the mysterious creatures who live in the forest.
Polygon Pictures (Knights of Sidonia, The Sky Crawlers) is animating the 3D CG series in collaboration with Studio Ghibli. The show will mark the first time that Miyazaki is directing a television anime series.
Hiroyuki Kawasaki (The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, Sorcerer Hunters, Ryoko's Case File, Psychic Detective Yakumo) is handling the series composition and scripts. Katsuya Kondo (Kiki's Delivery Service, From Up On Poppy Hill) designed the characters, and Satoshi Takebe (From Up On Poppy Hill) is handling the music. NHK Enterprise is producing the series, and NHK and Dwango are handling production and writing.
From Up On Poppy Hill English dub producer Geoffrey Wexler's LinkedIn profile lists himself as the English-language dub and subtitle producer for the series, although no Western release or English dub have been officially announced.