English-Subtitled Dies Irae Trailer Streamed

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Crunchyroll to host N. American premiere on Friday

Crunchyroll began streaming an English-subtitled version of the second promotional video for the television anime adaptation of Light's Dies irae adult visual novel on Monday.

The series will premiere in Japan at night on Friday, October 6 at 1:05 a.m. (effectively Saturday morning) on Tokyo MX. It will also air on BS11 on Monday nights and stream simultaneously on Abema TV and other Japanese streaming services. The series will have 18 episodes: 12 that will air on TV and six that will stream online.

Crunchyroll will stream the series worldwide outside of Asia, and Funimation will stream an English dub. Crunchyroll will host the North American premiere of the first episode at Anime Weekend Atlanta on Friday.

The anime will feature the following mostly returning cast:

  • Kousuke Toriumi as Ren Fujii
  • Yui Sakakibara as Marie
  • Ayaka Fukuhara as Kasumi Ayase
  • Hitomi Nabatame as Rea Himuro
  • Takeshi Maeda as Shirou Yusa
  • Yoshina Makino as Erii Honjou
  • Junichi Suwabe as Reinhard Heydrich
  • Ken Narita as Valeria Trifa
  • Kishō Taniyama as Wilhelm Ehrenburg
  • Kei Mizusawa as Kai Sakurai
  • Kei Mizusawa as Beatrice Waltrud von Kircheisen
  • Hitomi Nabatame as Isaak
  • Hiroki Yasumoto as Göetz Von Berlichingen
  • Yuka Inokuchi as Rusalka Schwägerin
  • Asami Yaguchi as Eleonore Von Wittenburg
  • Kouki Harasawa as Spinne
  • Risato Habuki as Riza Brenner
  • Yuki Tamaki as Wolfgang Schreiber
  • Kousuke Toriumi as Mercurius

Fukuhara is replacing Michiru Yuimoto for the role of Kasumi Ayase. Like the rest of the anime cast, Yuimoto played the character in the PlayStation Portable port of the game. Fūri Samoto played the character in the original PC version.

Susumu Kudo (Mardock Scramble films, Coppelion) is directing the anime at ACGT. The game's original scenario writer Takashi Masada is returning to the anime to oversee the scripts. Takaaki Fukuyo (Robotics;Notes, Senki Zesshō Symphogear GX episode animation director) is adapting G-Yuusuke's original character designs for animation. Satoshi Enomoto is the sound director at BraveHearts. Keiji Yonao, the game's original composer, is composing the music for the anime. GENCO is producing the series.

Yui Sakakibara, the voice of Marie and the performer of the original game's theme song, will perform the opening theme song "Kadenz" for the anime. Junichi Suwabe and Kousuke Toriumi's music unit Phero☆Men will perform the ending theme song.

The game and anime's story features an alternate history of World War II. On May 1, 1945 in Berlin, as the Red Army raises the Soviet flag over the Reichskanzlei, a group of Nazi officers conduct a ritual. For them, the slaughter in the city is nothing but the perfect ritual sacrifice in order to bring back the Order of the 13 Lances, a group of supermen whose coming would bring the world's destruction. Years later, no one knows if this group of officers succeeded, or whether they lived or died. Few know of their existence, and even those who knew began to pass away as the decades passed.

Now in December in the present day in Suwahara City, Ren Fujii spends his days at the hospital. It has been two months since the incident that brought him to the hospital: a fight with his friend Shirou Yusa where they almost tried to kill each other. He tries to value what he has left to him, but every night he sees the same dream: A guillotine. Murderers who hunt people, and the black clothed knights who pursue the murderers. He is desperate to return to his normal, everyday life, but even now he hears Shirou's words: "Everyone who remains in this city eventually loses their minds."

Light previously ran a successful crowdfunding campaign on the website from May-July 2015 for the anime project, raising 96,560,858 yen (about US$792,000) from 5,188 backers. The original goal of the campaign was 30 million yen (about US$246,000).

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