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Kemono Friends 2 Anime Casts Mami Yamashita, Kaori Maeda

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Voices of Margay, Giant Panda in January anime

The official Twitter account for the Kemono Friends franchise revealed more cast members for Kemono Friends 2, the second season of the Kemono Friends anime, on Tuesday. The new cast members include:

  • Mami Yamashita as Margay
  • Kaori Maeda as Giant Panda

Yamashita returns from the first anime in the same role.

The anime will premiere on January 7 at 26:05 a.m. (effectively January 8 at 2:05 a.m.) on TV Tokyo, TV Osaka, TV Aichi, and AT-X. The cast will appear at preview screenings of the first episode in 11 venues throughout Japan from December 17 to December 26.

The new season's story begins with Serval and Caracal finding a "human" child in the forest. As they travel with the child, they meet new Friends, uncover the secrets of Japari Park, and become involved in an event that will "shake the earth."

Yuka Ozaki, Kana Motomiya, Saki Ono, Aya Uchida, Mikoi Sasaki, Ruka Nemoto, Kyōka Tamura, Aina Aiba, and Ikuko Chikuta return to voice Serval, Fennec, Common Raccoon, Lucky Beast, Royal Penguin, Emperor Penguin, Gentoo Penguin, Rockhopper Penguin, and Humboldt Penguin, respectively. Yui Ishikawa and Riko Koike join the cast as the Child and Caracal, respectively, while Madoka Suge and Mashiro Yagi will join the cast as Western parotia and Greater lophorina, respectively, Suge and Yagi will also form the new unit Gothic×Luck.

Ryuichi Kimura (Aikatsu!) is directing the anime at Tomason. Takuya Masumoto is writing and supervising the series' scripts. Hideo Taniguchi (Folktales from Japan) is the CG director. Nobuyuki Abe returns as the sound director. Yasuyuki Konno is credited for sound effects. Akiyuki Tateyama returns as the music composer. Shinnosuke Numata is credited as animation producer.

Nexon's original Kemono Friends app game launched in early 2016 and ended service in December of that year — before the Kemono Friends anime even aired. The 12-episode television anime then premiered on TV Tokyo and TV Osaka in January 2017 and ended in March 2017. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired, and is also currently streaming the Welcome to the JAPARI PARK (Yōkoso Japari Park) spinoff anime.

Sources: Kemono Friends official website, Comic Natalie

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