Satoshi Hino, Ai Kayano Join Cast of Heroic Legend of Arslan Anime's 2nd Season

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
1st episode of new mini voice drama also posted

The official website for the Arslan Senki: Fūjin Ranbu (The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance) television anime series revealed two new character designs and their respective cast members on Thursday.

The new cast members are (character name romanizations are not officially confirmed):

Satoshi Hino (Bakuman.'s Akito Takagi, Naruto Shippūden's Sai) as Melrain, a swordsman of good skill who is also an expert at the bow and arrow thanks to his excellent eyesight. He is a survivor of the Zott tribe and he protects Irina, who is a princess of a ruined country. He is looking for Alfreed, who is one of the candidates for the next head of the tribe.

Ai Kayano (anohana's Menma, Chihayafuru's Kanade Ōe) as Irina, the princess of Maryam, which was destroyed by Lusitania. She lost her eyesight due to an illness, and her body is frail, but her appearance is regal and proud.

They join the following previously revealed new cast members:

Tetsu Inada (Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE's Kurogane, Turn A Gundam's Harry Ord) as Ilterish, a young general of Turan's large army who invaded Pars while it was still in a panic. He is an ambitious man with a violent temper, and he fights like a warrior gone mad. Those serving him call him by the title "Jinon" (Royal Prince).

Tesshô Genda (One-Punch Man's Metal Knight, Sengoku Basara franchise's Takeda Shingen) as Tokhtamysh, the 14th king of Turan's army who gained his position through many years of political strife. He decided to invade Pars in order to strengthen his currently weak political influence. He goes out on the battlefield to fight himself during the battle at Peshawar Castle, but...

Sōma Saitō (RIN-NE's Kain, Haikyu!!'s Tadashi Yamaguchi) as Jimsa, a general of Turan's army whose face makes him look younger than he really is. He's proud of his quick movements during battle, which are thanks to his small build. He has a gallant personality, and is very skilled with the sword, but is even better with a blowgun. During the battle at Peshawar Castle, he is led to an unimaginable fate.

The website also began streaming a 12-minute mini vocal drama on Thursday featuring the voices from the anime series. The video also features an interview at the end with Arslan's voice actor Yūsuke Kobayashi and Daryun's voice actor Yoshimasa Hosoya. The mini drama is labeled as "episode 1" of the voice drama, and is titled "One Boy, One Soldier."

The new season will be eight episodes long, and it will premiere on July 3. The new season will air on Sundays at 5 p.m. on MBS and TBS, which is the "Nichigo" timeslot.

The staff and cast are returning to the new series, but Kyō Yamashita is the new CG director, replacing Daisuke Suzuki, and Tatsuya Shimano is replacing Hiroshi Adachi as the modeling director. Felix Film is replacing SANZIGEN with the 3DCGI. Eir Aoi (Sword Art Online, Fate/Zero) will perform the new season's opening theme song "Tsubasa" (Wings), and Kalafina (Madoka Magica, first season of The Heroic Legend of Arslan) will perform the ending theme song "blaze."

Source: Comic Natalie

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