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Kemono Friends TV Anime Reveals 1st Promo Video, Cast, Staff, January Premiere

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Story, key visual also revealed for anime based on Nexon's smartphone game

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Nexon's Kemono Friends smartphone game revealed the anime's first promotional video, cast, staff, story, key visual, and January premiere on Friday.

The anime will air on TV Tokyo and other channels.

The anime will star:

Yuka Ozaki as Serval

Kana Motomiya as Fennec

Saki Ono as Common Raccoon

Aya Uchida as Kaban

Mikoi Sasaki as Royal Penguin (member of PPP Penguins Performance Project)

Ruka Nemoto as Emperor Penguin (member of PPP Penguins Performance Project)

Kyōka Tamura as Gentoo Penguin (member of PPP Penguins Performance Project)

Aina Aiba as Rockhopper Penguin (member of PPP Penguins Performance Project)

Ikuko Chikuta as Humboldt Penguin (member of PPP Penguins Performance Project)

The anime's story takes place in Japari Park, a "gigantic integrated zoo." In the zoo, due to the mysterious "sand star" substance, the animals start turning into human-shaped creatures called Animal Girls. Japari Park is a place where many people visit and have fun at, but one day a lost child wanders into the park. The lost child starts a journey to return, but because so many Animal Girls join in on the quest it becomes an unexpected grand adventure.

Mine Yoshizaki (Sgt. Frog manga creator) is credited with the character concept designs. TATSUKI (Tesagure! Bukatsu-mono, Tesagure! Bukatsu-mono Encore animation director) is directing the series at studio Yaoyorozu (Tesagure! Bukatsu-mono, Minarai Diva). Shigenori Tanabe (Danchi Tomoo) is both writing and overseeing the scripts, Nobuyuki Abe (The Highschool Life of a Fudanshi, Bananya) is the sound director, Yoshihisa Isa is the animation director, and Yūko Shiromizu (background artist for Ghost in the Shell Arise, The Eccentric Family) is the art director.

Nexon launched the smartphone game last year, and as of March the game is free-to-play. A manga adaptation by Furai titled Kemono Friends: Yōkoso Japari Park e! began in Kadokawa's Shōnen Ace magazine in May 2015.

Source: Comic Natalie

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