God Eater Anime's 1st Promo Video Previews Original Protagonist

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Additional staff also revealed for TV series premiering on July 5

Bandai Visual began streaming the first promotional video on Monday for ufotable's upcoming television anime adaptation of the God Eater game series.

The series will star Ryūichi Kijima (Beast Saga's Argyllo, Beyblade: Shogun Steel's Torimaki B) as the protagonist Renka Utsugi. Renka, who is an original character, is a new "God Arc" (Jin-ki) weapon user. The staff chose Kijima for the role after auditioning more than 100 people.

Returning cast members from the game series include:

Hiroaki Hirata as Lindow Amamiya
Maaya Sakamoto as Alisa Illinichina Amiella
Kazuya Nakai as Soma Schicksal
Daisuke Sakaguchi as Kota Fujiki
Sayaka Ohara as Sakuya

Takayuki Hirao will direct the anime at ufotable with character designs by Keita Shimizu (Tales of Phantasia, ToHeart2 key animation) and music by Gō Shiina (Kyousogiga, God Eater games). Hirao also was the director for the anime promotional video for the first game in 2010. ufotable will use hand-drawn animation to animate the God Arc weapons instead of CG.

Additional staff members are as follows:

Sound Director: Takayuki Hirao
Art Director: Masaru Yanaka (Captain Earth)
Color Key: Emi Chiba (Fate/Zero)
Director of Photography: Kentarō Waki (Valvrave the Liberator), Seiji Matsuda (The Garden of Sinners)
CG Director: Masato Takizawa (Fate/Zero, Doraemon: Shin Nobita no Uchū Kaitakushi)
Editing: Tsuyoshi Imai (Kino's Journey, Ghost in the Shell)

OLDCODEX (Free!, Kuroko's Basketball) will perform the opening theme song.

The series will premiere in Japan on July 5, and it will air on Tokyo MX TV, BS 11, and other stations.

Bandai Namco Entertainment announced the anime adaptation during the Tokyo Game Show 2014 event last September.

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