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Blood Blockade Battlefront Anime Reveals More Voice Roles, Designs

posted on by Egan Loo
Gilbert F. Alstein, Chain Sumeragi, Steven A. Starphase, K.K., Femto in supernatural sci-fi action story by Trigun's Nightow

The 17th issue of Shueisha's Jump Square 19 magazine is announcing the roles for various voice cast members in the television anime of Yasuhiro Nightow's Blood Blockade Battlefront manga on Friday:

  • Shinji Ogawa as Gilbert F. Alstein
  • Yu Kobayashi as Chain Sumeragi
  • Mitsuru Miyamoto as Steven A. Starphase
  • Ai Orikasa as K.K.
  • Akira Ishida as Fallen King Femto

The previously announced roles include:

  • Rikiya Koyama as Klaus Von Reinhertz
  • Daisuke Sakaguchi as Leonard Watch
  • Kazuya Nakai as Zap Renfro
  • Yūma Uchida as Sonic

The cast will also include Unshou Ishizuka, Akio Ohtsuka, Rie Kugimiya, Keiji Fujiwara, Hikaru Midorikawa, and Mamoru Miyano.

There will be stage events with the cast on both Saturday and Sunday at Jump Festa 2015. Jump Festa will also feature a tapestry with the first key visual from the anime.

Dark Horse Comics publishes the manga in North America, and describes the story:

A breach between Earth and the netherworlds has opened up over the city of New York, trapping New Yorkers and creatures from other dimensions in an impenetrable bubble. They've lived together for years, in a world of crazy crime sci-fi sensibilities. Now someone is threatening to sever the bubble, and a group of stylish superhumans is working to keep it from happening.

Rie Matsumoto (Kyousogiga, Heartcatch Precure! Hana no Miyako de Fashion Show…Desu ka!?) is directing the anime at the studio BONES. Kazunao Furuya (live-action Liar Game, Galileo, S -Saigo no Keikan-) is the scriptwriter, and Toshihiro Kawamoto (Cowboy Bebop, Wolf's Rain, Golden Boy, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory) is designing the characters. Shinji Kimura (Project A-Ko, Steamboy, Tekkonkinkreet) is the art director.

Koji Sugiura (Hajime no Ippo, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: The Last Blitz of Zeon, Gunsmith Cats) will handle creature design, while Noriyuki Jinguji (Trigun, Hellsing Ultimate, Accel World) will be in charge of prop design. Takashi Hashimoto (Magi - The Labyrinth of Magic, Assassination Classroom, One Piece Film Z) will serve as the effects animation director. Taisei Iwasaki ("Kyoshinhei Tokyo ni Arawaru" short, Kanojo wa Uso o Ai Shisugiteru live-action film) is composing the music.

After he finished Trigun Maximum in 2007, Yasuhiro Nightow launched Bloodline Battlefront as a one-shot manga story in Shueisha's Jump Square magazine in May of 2008. He then turned it into a three-part mini-series called Kekkai Sensen -Mafūgai Kessha- in the same magazine in 2009. He has since continued the story as a regular series in Jump SQ.19 in 2010. Shueisha published the ninth compiled book volume in June.

Nightow's Trigun and Trigun Maximum manga series inspired a television anime and an anime film, and he also co-created the Gungrave game and television anime.

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