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Blood Blockade Battlefront Gets New Character, Bump of Chicken Song

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Rie Kugimiya revealed as voice actress of mystery girl White for April TV anime

The April issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine is announcing on Wednesday that the Blood Blockade Battlefront anime will include an original character named White.

Rie Kugimiya (Fairy Tail, Gintama, Fullmetal Alchemist) will voice the character, who is a mysterious and beautiful girl that appears before Leo. The magazine had announced in October that Kugimiya was a cast member last October, but her role was not revealed.

The magazine's upcoming issue is also announcing that rock band Bump of Chicken (Tales of the Abyss, One Piece: Dead End) will perform the opening theme song "Hello, world!"

TOHO Animation will offer information about the anime at its AnimeJapan 2015 booth. Visitors to the booth can receive a free Sonic clip while supplies last. AnimeJapan 2015 will be held at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center from March 20 to March 22.

The anime's voice cast will include:

Daisuke Sakaguchi as Leonardo Watch

Rikiya Koyama as Klaus Von Reinherz

Kazuya Nakai as Zapp Renfro

Yu Kobayashi as Chain Sumeragi

Mitsuru Miyamoto as Steven A. Starphase

Ai Orikasa as K.K.

Banjou Ginga as Gilbert F. Altstein

Yūma Uchida as Sonic Speed Monkey

Akira Ishida as Femt, the King of Depravity

Akio Ohtsuka as Blitz T. Abrams

Unshou Ishizuka as Patrick

Mamoru Miyano as Dog Hummer

Keiji Fujiwara as Deldro Brody

Hikaru Midorikawa as Zed O'Brien

Nana Mizuki as Leonardo's littler sister Michella Watch

Miyuki Sawashiro as Vivian, a girl working at a diner, and Riki Kagami as Master, the head of the diner.

Dark Horse Comics, the manga's North American publisher, 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) is handling creature designs, while Noriyuki Jinguji (Trigun, Hellsing Ultimate, Accel World) is in charge of prop design. Takashi Hashimoto (Magi - The Labyrinth of Magic, Assassination Classroom, One Piece Film Z) is serving 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.

The anime will premiere in Japan on April 4.

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 Square in 2010. Shueisha will publish the 10th compiled book volume in March.

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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