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Jūni Taisen Anime Reveals 12 Main Cast Members, Character Designs, Visual

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Shun Horie, Yuichiro Umehara, Hiromi Igarashi, more star in Chinese Zodiac-themed battle royale series

The official website for Jūni Taisen, the television anime adaptation of writer NisiOisin (Monogatari Series, Medaka Box) and illustrator Hikaru Nakamura's (Saint Young Men, Arakawa Under the Bridge) light novel Jūni Taisen: Zodiac Warriors, revealed the cast and character designs on Monday for the 12 main characters in the series. The website also revealed a teaser visual with all of the main character designs.

Shun Horie as Nezumi (Rat), real name Tsugiyoshi Sumino. Born on March 3. He kills by swarming his enemies.

Yuichiro Umehara as Ushii (Ox), real name Eiji Kashii. Born on February 2. He kills directly.

Hiromi Igarashi as Tora (Tiger), real name Kanae Aira. Born on January 1. She kills powerfully when she is drunk.

Nobuhiko Okamoto as Usagi (Rabbit), details unknown. He kills strangely.

Takuya Eguchi as Tatsumi (Dragon, older brother), real name Nagayuki Tsumita. Born on November 11. He robs his victims as he kills.

Kousuke Toriumi as Tatsumi (Serpent, younger brother), real name Takeyasu Tsumita. Born on October 10. He robs his victims as he kills.

Hikaru Midorikawa as Ūma (Horse), real name Yoshimi Sōma. Born on September 9. He kills silently.

Chō as Hitsujii (Ram), real name Sumihiko Tsujiie. Born on August 8. He kills through trickery.

Saori Hayami as Sharyū (Monkey), real name Misaki Yūki. Born on July 7. She kills by settling matters peacefully.

Ayane Sakura as Niwatori (Bird), real name Ryōka Niwa. Born on June 6. She kills by pecking at her enemies.

Tomohiro Nishimura as Dotsuku (Dog), real name Michio Tsukui. Born on May 5. He kills by biting his enemies.

Yōko Hikasa as Inōnoshishi (Boar), real name Toshiko Inō. Born on April 4. She kills abundantly.

The anime will premiere this year.

Naoto Hosoda (The Devil Is a Part-Timer!, Shuffle!) is directing the series at Graphinica (Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas, Expelled from Paradise). Sadayuki Murai (Knights of Sidonia, Natsume's Book of Friends seasons 3-5) is handling the series composition, Chikashi Kadekaru (Scar-red Rider XechS, Hōkago Mania Club) is designing the characters, and Gō Shiina (Kyousougiga, God Eater) is composing the music at Avex Pictures.

NisiOisin and Nakamura published the novel in May 2015. In the "greatest battle royale novel ever," 12 warriors who are burdened with the names of the 12 Chinese Zodiac members fight with each other's lives and pride at stake, all to grant just one wish. Viz Media will release the novel in hardcover format in October.

NisiOisin and Nakamura previously collaborated on the one-shot manga "Dōshitemo Kanaetai Tatta Hitotsu no Negai to Wari to Sōdemonai 99 no Negai" (The only wish I want granted by all means is comparable to 99 wishes) in Shueisha's Young Jump magazine in January 2015. The stories of the one shot and Jūni Taisen are connected.

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