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Gunslinger Stratos Anime's Commercials Preview Opening, Ending Themes

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Aniplex of America to stream anime on Aniplex Channel, Crunchyroll, Hulu, and Daisuki services as it airs

The official Aniplex YouTube channel began streaming two commercials for the Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation television anime on Saturday. The videos feature the opening song "vanilla sky" by Mashiro Ayano and GARNiDELiA's ending theme song "Mirai."

Voice: You're late... Tohru Kazasumi.
Text: I am fighting against myself, trying to steal the future.
Text: Two clashing futures
Text: Two boys that blend together
Tohru: I won't miss next time!
Girl: This is!?
Tohru: I just have to do it...
Tohru: I had a bad dream.
Text: Save
Text: The future
Man: We are fighting against another world in order to save our own.
Text: Two futures that blend together.

Aniplex of America will stream the anime on the Aniplex Channel, Crunchyroll, Hulu, and Daisuki services as it airs. Aniplex describes the story:

A.D. 2115—the island nation once called Japan is now known as the “17th Far East Imperial City Management District.” The citizens were promised a life of peace in exchange for some of the comfort they were used to having. People believed their lives would never change and tomorrow will be the same as today. No one suspected the impending doom which their society was about to face. “Degradation”—a rare disease which led to the total disintegration of the human body to a mere pile of sand was slowly but surely spreading throughout the world. Tohru Kazasumi, an ordinary student becomes embroiled in a multi universal battle between his world and the parallel world of “Frontier S (Stratos).” This meant that Tohru must fight himself from an alternate world. Their futures collide as their paths cross. Will both worlds ever find peace?

The cast will include:

Atsushi Abe as Tohru Kazasumi
Junichi Suwabe as Ricardo Martini
Sayaka Ohara as Olga Janetine
Hisako Kanemoto as Kyōka Katagiri
Masakazu Nishida as Kyōma Katagiri
Kana Ueda as Shizune Rindo
Saki Fujita as ξ988 (XI 988)
Yousuke Akimoto as Mondo Makabe
Yumiko Kobayashi as Jonathan Sizemore
Saori Hayami as Lyudmila N. Ignatova (Lusha)
Nana Mizuki as Kumi Minakata
Toru Ohkawa as Srinivasa
Mariya Ise as Matsurika Shinō
Soichiro Hoshi as Ryo Kusakage
Miyuki Sawashiro as Remy Odhner
Takehito Koyasu as Aaron Burroughs
Rikiya Koyama as Akira Rakandō

The cast is reprising their roles from the original arcade game.

Gen Urobuchi (Suisei no Gargantia, Fate/Zero) will provide the original scenario for the anime. Shinpei Ezaki (Kimi ni Todoke - From Me to You, Attack on Titan episode director) will direct the anime at A-1 Pictures with series composition by author Norimitsu Kaiho from Nitroplus, who are also helping produce the scripts. Shin'ichi Yokota (Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil art setting, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG key animation) is designing the characters, and Tetsuya Kobayashi is composing the anime's soundtrack.

According to voice actor Junichi Suwabe, at least one character will die in the anime. Fellow voice actor Atsushi Abe commented that he thought maybe Aaron Burroughs would die protecting someone, and Kana Ueda agreed. The anime is described as one filled with drama, death, romance, and more.

The series will premiere in Japan on April 4, on the Tokyo MX, BS11, Tochigi TV and Gunma TV channels, as well as livestreamed on Nico Nico Douga.

Gunslinger Stratos -The Animation- is based on Square Enix's Gunslinger Stratos arcade game series. Square Enix began service for the arcade game in 2012, and a sequel began service in February 2014. Since then, the game has received two animated promotional videos.

Thanks to Dennis R for the news tips.

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