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Rurouni Kenshin & Bastard!! Creators Design Alternate World Fantasy Anime Endride

posted on by Egan Loo
Kensho Ono, Toshiki Masuda star in April anime set in world beneath Earth's surface, with smartphone game also planned

The official website for Endride — the new anime and smartphone game project with original character designs by Bastard!! manga creator Kazushi Hagiwara and Rurouni Kenshin manga creator Nobuhiro Watsuki — opened at midnight on Thursday.

The story is set on Endra, an unknown world beneath the surface of Earth itself. It is another world, where the giant Adamas shines above and seven-colored bands drift across the skies.

One day, Shun Asanaga — an ordinary yet positive and bright 15-year-old middle school boy who lived in the "Land Above" — lands in this place. He had discovered a mysterious crystal at his scientific businessman father's company, and the moment he touched the crystal, he was transported to Endra.

He meets Prince Emirio, who strongly despises the current King Deruzain and had just turned 16 at Endra's castle. He became of age to ascend to the throne, and he wields a weapon to seek his vengeance at last, but the difference in strength proves to be insurmountable. Captured and imprisoned by Deruzain, Emirio is heartbroken. But then, the walls of the prison suddenly become distorted, and Shun appears within them.

Two youths live in Endra — one to return his former world, and one to exact revenge. The future that is within the grasp of two youths raised in different worlds …

The 24-episode series will premiere in April on NTV and other channels. Keiji Gotoh (Kiddy Grade, Sengoku Collection) is directing the anime at the studio Brains Base (Natsume's Book of Friends, RIN-NE). Touko Machida (Show By Rock!!, Lucky Star, The IDOLM@STER) is in charge of the series scripts. Watsuki designed Shun Asanaga, while Hagiwara designed Emirio.

The cast includes:

The accompanying Endride ~X fragments~ smartphone game features Hagiwara and Watsuki on original character designs, the illustrator Hidari (Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk), and scenario writer Takumi Miyajima (Tales of the Abyss). The game will begin accepting pre-registration of users in April, and will formally launch this year.

Ono, Miyama, Ohashi, Takahashi, and Toriumi will appear at an "NTV April Season Anime Endride Pre-Broadcast! Special Stage event at the Anime Japan 2016 convention on March 26 at 12:20 p.m. The event will introduce the project, host a talk between the cast, run a promotional video, hold a segment on the game, and other elements.

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