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Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata Anime's 1st 5 Minutes Streamed

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2nd film based on mixi game app opens in Japan on Friday

The official YouTube channel for the Monster Strike anime franchise began streaming the first five uncut minutes from the Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata (Beyond the Sky) 3DCG anime film on Saturday.

The anime will tell an original story and will feature original characters. The story takes place 13 years ago, when suddenly one part of Tokyo broke off and began to float in the sky. Tokyo was separated into "Old Tokyo" as the part that was floating in the air, and "New Tokyo," the part that stayed on the ground. Communication and interaction between the two Tokyos was impossible, and years passed. One day, a young girl perceives that Old Tokyo will fall back down to the ground, and she sets out on the perilous path from from Old Tokyo to New Tokyo to save the citizens from the impending crisis.

Kanata is a young man who lost both his parents when he was young, and lives with his grandmother. One day, unidentified beings appear in front of him, and he is saved by a mysterious blue-haired girl named Sora. Sora tells Kanata that he is the only one who can save the world. Sora, Kanata, the vampire siblings Tōya and Yūna, and the monsters Ryōma, Kamui, and Hanzō fight together for the fate of the world.

The film stars:

  • Masataka Kubota (live-action Death Note series' Light, live-action Tokyo Ghoul's Kaneki) as the "boy of destiny" Kanata
  • Yoshimasa Hosoya (Attack on Titan's Reiner, My Hero Academia's Tokoyami) as Tōya, a vampire who fights with Kanata
  • Aoi Yūki (My Hero Academia Tsuyu, Puella Magi Madoka Magica's Madoka) as Yūna, Tōya's younger sister
  • Kouichi Yamadera (Lupin the Third: Part 5's Inspector Zenigata, Dragon Ball Super's Beerus) as liberation front leader Senju

Alice Hirose (live-action Silver Spoon's Aki Mikage, live-action Hyouka's Eru Chitanda) will make her voice acting debut in the film as Sora, a mysterious blue-haired girl. Other cast members include Yutaka Nakano, Rica Matsumoto, Mika Doi, Tomokazu Sugita, Nobunaga Shimazaki, and Atsushi Tamaru.

Hiroshi Nishikiori (A Certain Magical Index both seasons and film, Azumanga Daioh, Trinity Seven) is directing the film at CG studio Orange. Takayo Ikami is writing the script. XFlag is credited with production, and Warner Brothers is distributing. Tatsurō Iwamoto is returning for the original character designs and Yuichi Tanaka is adapting the designs for animation. Eiji Inomoto is directing the CG animation. Masaru Yokoyama is composing the music and Jin Aketagawa is the sound director.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is performing the theme song "Kizunami."

The film will open in Japan on October 5.

Social networking service mixi released the Monster Strike game on iOS and Android devices in Japan in 2013. XFLAG released the English version in North America in 2014, but that version shut down in August 2017. The game also debuted in Taiwan and South Korea in 2014. The game's staff reports over 35 million players worldwide. A Nintendo 3DS port of the game debuted in Japan in 2015.

The first 52-episode net anime series premiered in October 2015, and Crunchyroll streamed the series with English subtitles. The second season premiered in April 2017, and ran until last December. Crunchyroll also streamed the second season. The Monster Strike The Movie anime film opened in Japan in December 2016. Crunchyroll began streaming the film in May 2017.

Source: Monster Strike anime's YouTube channel


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