Sentai Filmworks Licenses Onigiri Anime (Updated)

posted on by Karen Ressler
Shorts based on MMORPG to premiere on Wednesday on The Anime Network

Sentai Filmworks announced on Tuesday that it has licensed the anime adaptation of Cyberstep's massively multiplayer online role-playing game Onigiri. The company plans to release the series through select digital outlets, but has not announced plans for a home video release.

The Anime Network also announced on Tuesday that it will stream the series worldwide outside of China and Japan beginning on April 6 at 12:05 p.m. EDT.

The series will premiere on Tokyo MX and BS Fuji on April 7 at 1:00 a.m. The series will have 13 short episodes.

Takashi Yamamoto (Final Approach, Nanatsuiro Drops) will direct the series at Pierrot Plus (Beelzebub, Sabagebu!). Takamitsu Kouno (Utawarerumono: The False Faces, Abnormal Physiology Seminar) is handling series composition with Takashi Aoshima (Himouto! Umaruchan, If Her Flag Breaks) and Atsushi Oka (Ojisan to Marshmallow) collaborating on the scripts. Yukiko Ibe (Nanatsuiro Drops, Jewelpet Twinkle) is serving as character designer and chief animation director. Satoshi Shibata (Rainbow Days) is serving as art director and background artist. Junko Tsukidate (Lady Jewelpet) is handling color design and Kazutoshi Azuma (Isuca) is handling prop design. Zack Promotion is in charge of sound production.

Starmarie will perform the show's opening theme song "Hime wa Rankiryū☆Goikkō-sama."

CyberStep describes the story:

Onigiri thrusts its players into mystical Japan, a land filled with mythical creatures of Japanese legend. Starting as a lone Oni, players fight against the malevolent influence of the Kamikui as their miasma spreads over the land. 8 NPCS, each with their own distinct personality and skills, ally themselves with the player to help build a legend, and quell the evil that has arisen. As you grow stronger together, so do the bonds binding you to each other.

The cast members include:

  • Aina Suzuki (Love Live! Sunshine!!'s Mari Ohara) as Shizuka Gozen
  • Eriko Matsui (Nurse Witch Komugi R's Rei) as Yoshitsune
  • Suzuko Mimori (Love Live! School idol project's Umi Sonoda) as Ibaraki-dōji
  • Izumi Kitta (WATAMOTE's Tomoko Kuroki) as Kaguya
  • Natsuko Hara (JK Meshi!'s Reina Saeki) as Amaterasu
  • Yuki Nakashima (Usakame's Kinako Tanaka) as Veronica
  • Monya Nakane (of Starmarie) as Uzume
  • Nozomi Kishita (of Starmarie) as Kijimuna
  • Katsuyuki Konishi (Diabolik Lovers' Reiji Sakamaki) as Narrator

Additionally, Mimori will also play Sakura.

Update: The Anime Network stream information added.

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