Kaito Ishikawa Joins Cast of Zoids Wild Anime
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The official Twitter account for Takara Tomy's Zoids franchise revealed one more cast member on Friday for the Zoids Wild anime. Kaito Ishikawa joins the cast as Drake. Drake is a member of the Death Metal Empire, and his Zoid is Gil Raptor, a Deinonychus type.
The anime will premiere in July, and will air on MBS and TBS on Saturdays at 6:30 a.m.
Previous cast members include: (Note: Name romanizations not confirmed)
Kensho Ono as Arashi, a member of the Freedom group. Arashi's Zoid is the Wild Liger, a Lion type.
Takahiro Sakurai as Bacon, a member of the Supreme group.
Mikako Komatsu as Penne, a member of the Freedom group. Penne's Zoid is a Scorpion type.
Etsuko Kozakura as Onigiri, a member of the Freedom group. Onigiri's Zoid is a Proganochelys type.
Subaru Kimura as Gyoza, a member of the Freedom group.
Takara Tomy hasn't yet revealed the Zoid designs for Bacon and Gyoza's Zoids.
Other characters include Caviar, a member of the Death Metal Empire. Caviar's Zoid is a Sarcosuchus type.
Norihiko Sudo (Kenyū Densetsu Yaiba, ToHeart2, Pocket Monsters: Diamond & Pearl) is directing the anime at Oriental Light and Magic. Mitsutaka Hirota (Sweetness & Lightning, The Prince of Tennis II, Anime-Gataris) is in charge of the series scripts. Yūki Matsuoka (Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, Beyblade: Metal Fury) is serving as sound director and Noriyuki Asakura (Knights of Sidonia, Rurouni Kenshin) is composing the music.
The Zoids Wild project also includes a new manga that launched in Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comic magazine on April 13, a new model kit line that will launch with the 3,000-yen (about $30) "ZW01 Wild Liger" and "ZW02 Gil Raptor" model kits in June, and a Nintendo Switch game. The Zoids Wild franchise will also have an exclusive smartphone app that can be used to take pictures or footage of Zoids model kits, edit them, and then upload them to social media sites and video sites.
Tomy launched the Zoids science-fiction mecha franchise as a model toy kit line in 1983. Michiro Ueyama drew a 14-volume manga series for the franchise in 1999-2001 that Viz Media released in English under the title Zoids: Chaotic Century in 2002-2003. The manga inspired the ZOIDS: Chaotic Century TV anime series that aired in 1999-2000 and Viz Media released on home video. Three more anime series followed: Zoids/ZERO in 2001, Zoids: Fuzors in 2003-2004, and Zoids Genesis in 2005-2006. Cartoon Network aired Zoids: Chaotic Century, Zoids/ZERO, and part of Zoids: Fuzors.
The franchise has also inspired a line of video game series for consoles, handheld consoles, PC, arcades, and mobile phones. Eighting recently launched the Zoids Field of Rebellion game for smartphones in April 2017.