Monster Strike Anime Film Casts Maaya Sakamoto, Tomo Muranaka

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Prequel film opening on December 10 features Ren, Haruma as elementary school students

The official website for the Monster Strike The Movie anime film announced on Thursday that Maaya Sakamoto will play the protagonist Ren Homura as an elementary school student in the film. Additionally, Tomo Muranaka will play Haruma Kagutsuchi as an elementary school student. Daisuke Ono played Haruma Kagutsuchi in the net anime series.

The rest of the returning cast includes:

  • Lynn as Aoi Mizusawa (elementary and middle school student)
  • Juri Kimura as Minami Wakaba (elementary and middle school student)
  • Kengo Kawanishi as Akira Kagetsuki (middle school student)
  • Jun Fukushima as Oragon
  • Yūsuke Kobayashi as Ren Homura (middle school student)

The film will tell a prequel story before the events of the net anime series. Shinpei Ezaki (Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation, Guilty Crown: Lost Christmas) is directing the film at XFlag, while Yoichi Kato (Yo-kai Watch, Aikatsu!) is returning from the series to supervise the film's script. Taku Kishimoto (ERASED, Joker Game, 91 Days) is penning the script. Nao Hirasawa (Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches) is credited as producer. Tatsurō Iwamoto is credited for original character design, and Masayuki Kondō is credited for monster design. Shizue Kaneko is credited for animation design.

The staff previously revealed a key visual of a character from the film.

The ongoing Monster Strike net anime series premiered in October 2015. New episodes stream on YouTube with English subtitles starting on the same day the anime premieres online in Japan.

The anime centers on protagonist Ren Homura, who returns to his hometown of Kaminohara, but something in his memories tells him he didn't really live in Kaminohara before. After the Monster Strike app is forcefully installed on his phone, the game and its battles start to help him piece together his scattered memories. Ren also uncovers the truth about the smartphone game.

The net anime series and anime film are both based on mixi's mobile game. The game's staff reports over 35 million players worldwide.

Update: Jun Fukushima plays Oragon, not Jun Fukuyama as previously reported. Thanks, KH91.

Images © mixi, Inc.

Source: Anime! Anime! (Katsunori Takahashi)

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