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Actor Kinya Kitaōji Guest Stars in Monster Strike The Movie Anime Film

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Prequel anime film featuring Ren as elementary school student opens on December 10

The official website for the Monster Strike The Movie anime film announced on Monday that actor Kinya Kitaōji (One Piece Film Gold's Raise Max, Asura's Buddhist Monk) will guest star in the film as Kentarō Ishibashi, an old-fashioned old man who is reticent and rude, but is always there to help someone out when they're in trouble.

The site had streamed a teaser video for the film last week.

The film will open in Japan on December 10. The rest of the cast includes:

Nana Mizuki as Arthur

Kouichi Yamadera as Genome (a film-original character)

  • Maaya Sakamoto as Ren Homura (elementary school student)
  • Tomo Muranaka as Haruma Kagutsuchi (elementary school student)
  • 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!) and Jirō Ishii (BBK/BRNK, Under the Dog) are 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. Liden Films, Ultra Super Pictures, and XFlag Pictures are producing the film. Naoto Inti Raymi is performing the film's theme song "Yume no Arika" (Where the Dream Is).

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.

Images © mixi, Inc.

Source: Eiga.com

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