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Ajin Anime Film Project's 2nd Promo Video Reveals Cast

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
1st film in planned trilogy starring Mamoru Miyano, Yoshimasa Hosoya opens in November

The official website for Ajin, the anime film trilogy of Gamon Sakurai's Ajin - Demi-Human manga, began streaming the anime's second teaser promo video on Thursday. The video reveals the films' cast, and also reveals that the first film, subtitled "Shōdō" (Impulse), will open in Japan in November.

The cast is as follows:

Mamoru Miyano (Death Note's Light, Free!'s Rin) as Kei Nagai

Yoshimasa Hosoya (Kuroko's Basketball's Hyūga, Attack on Titan's Reiner) as Kaito

Houchu Ohtsuka (Naruto's Jiraiya, Zeta Gundam's Yazan Gable) as Satō

Takahiro Sakurai (Code Geass' Suzaku, Mononoke's Medicine Seller) as Tosaki

Mikako Komatsu (Bodacious Space Pirates' Marika Kato, Nisekoi's Tsugumi) as Izumi Shimomura

Daisuke Hirakawa (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders' Kakyoin, Free!'s Rei) as Kōji Tanaka

Additionally, Aya Suzaki (Aikatsu!'s Mikuru Natsuki, Knights of Sidonia's Shizuka Hoshijiro) will play Eriko Nagai, and Hiroyuki Kinoshita (Jin-Roh's Atsushi Henmi, Robotics;Notes' Hiromu Hidaka) will play Ikuya Ogura.

Hiroyuki Seshita (Knights of Sidonia, Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine) is serving as chief director, and Hiroaki Ando (Five Numbers!, Gambo, episode director on Knights of Sidonia) is directing the films at Polygon Pictures (Knights of Sidonia, Ronja the Robber's Daughter, Transformers Prime). Hiroshi Seko (Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, scripts on Attack on Titan) is supervising the scripts, Yuki Moriyama (Knights of Sidonia) is the character designer, and Yuugo Kanno (Psycho-Pass, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders) is composing the music.

In the manga's story, an immortal first appeared on an African battlefield 17 years ago. Later, rare, unknown new immortal lifeforms began appearing among humans, and they became known as "Ajin" (demi-humans). Just before summer vacation, a Japanese high school student named Kei Nagai is instantly killed in a traffic accident on his way home from school. However, he is revived, and a price is placed on his head. Thus begins a boy's life on the run from all of humankind.

Sakurai launched the manga in Kodansha's good! Afternoon magazine in 2012, and Kodansha published the sixth compiled book volume in Japan on June 5. The six volumes have 3.2 million copies in print. Vertical will publish the sixth volume in North America in August. Crunchyroll is posting new chapters as Kodansha publishes them in Japan.

The manga ranked as a top manga series on the Nationwide Bookstore Employees' Recommended Comics of 2014 list and in the 2014 edition of the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook. The series also received a nomination for the 18th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize "Reader Award" last year.

[Via MoCa News, Comic Natalie]

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