Crunchyroll to Stream Uncensored Terraformars Anime

posted on by Egan Loo
Announced at NY Comic Con screening of uncensored version

Media service Crunchyroll announced at its uncensored Terraformars anime screening at New York Comic Con on Saturday that it will stream this uncensored version "at a later date TBA." The service has been streaming the same censored version that broadcast stations in Japan have been airing (with obscured scenes of violence) since September 26.

The story of Yū Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana's original, graphically violent 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 stars:

  • 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 adapts the Annex 1 arc of the manga. 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.

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