Terraformars TV Anime's New Ad Introduces Shokichi Komachi
posted on by Egan Loo
The official website for the television anime of Yū Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana's Terraformars manga began streaming a new version of the first television commercial on Saturday. This version introduces Shokichi Komachi, a character who returns from the earlier Bugs 2 arc.
Shokichi: So he's the one...
Text: The survivor from Bugs #2
Shokichi: My best friend died on Mars.
Man: We need you now. You, and your raw rage.
Man: We are blasting off to Mars.
Text: Don't look down on Earth!
The story of the original manga begins in the year 2577, hundreds of years after scientists sent cockroaches and mold to terraform Mars. However, when the first manned ships land on Mars, they encounter large humanoid cockroaches with great strength, and are wiped out. Humanity then sends elite warriors to Mars to eliminate the cockroaches.
The anime will star:
- Yoshimasa Hosoya as Akari Hizamaru
- Hidenobu Kiuchi as Shōkichi Komachi
- Shizuka Itou as Michelle
- Kaito Ishikawa as Marcos
- KENN as Alex
- Ai Kayano as Sheila
- Daisuke Ono as Keiji Onizuka
- Chiaki Takahashi as Kanako Sanjō
- Aki Toyosaki as Yaeko Yanasegawa
- Tomokazu Sugita as Ichirō Hiruma
- Unshou Ishizuka as Sylvester
- Tetsuo Komura as Liu Yiwu
- Ayane Sakura as Eva Frost
- Kenji Akabane as Ivan Perepelkina
- Romi Park as Elena Perepelkina
- Toshiyuki Morikawa as Shichisei Hiruma
- Koji Yusa as Adolf Reinhard
- Akira Ishida as Joseph
- Hiroshi Yanaka as Ko Honda
The television anime will adapt the Annex 1 arc of the manga starting on September 26 at 24:30 (effectively, September 27 at 12:30 a.m.) The companion original video anime (OVA) project adapts the earlier Bugs 2 arc on discs bundled with the 10th and 11th manga volumes. The Annex 1 arc takes place 20 years after the Bugs 2 arc.
Hiroshi Hamasaki (Shigurui: Death Frenzy, Texhnolyze, Steins;Gate) is directing the TV anime at Liden Films. Shogo Yasukawa (Hyperdimension Neptunia, Invaders of the Rokujyōma!?) is handling the series composition, Masanori Shino (Shigurui: Death Frenzy, Black Lagoon) is handling the main character design, Satoshi Kimura (key animator for Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Valvrave the Liberator) is handling the character design, Takahari Ozaki (composite director for Texhnolyze) is serving as assistant director, and Shusei Murai (Silver Spoon, Tibetan Dog) is composing the music. Terrspex is performing the opening song "Amazing Break" and the ending theme song "Lightning."
Sasuga and Tachibana launched Terra Formars in 2011. The manga ranked at #3 on the Da Vinci magazine's list of the best male-oriented comics in the first half of 2013. The manga also topped the male readers category of the 2013 edition of the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook. The manga was nominated for last year's Manga Taisho award.
Viz Media has licensed the manga for North America, and the company published the second compiled volume on September 16.