YU-NO Anime's Video Reveals New Cast, Previews New Theme Song

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Asami Sanada, Kyōko Sakai, Marina Inoue, 3 more join cast of anime entering new "fantasy world" arc

The official website for the television anime of Hiroyuki Kanno's Kono Yo no Hate de Koi o Utau Shōjo YU-NO (YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world.) visual novel began streaming a new promotional video for the anime on Wednesday. The video reveals new cast members for the anime, and also previews the new opening theme song "MOTHER" by Konomi Suzuki.

The site also revealed a new visual (seen below) for the character Yu-no (voiced by Ari Ozawa). The new cast includes (Note: Character name romanizations are not official.) Asami Sanada as Sayless, Kyōko Sakai as Ailia, and Marina Inoue as Amanda — all of whom are reprising their roles from the 2017 PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita remake of the original game. Other new cast members include Yuki Nagaku, Mari Doi, and Biichi Satou.

The anime premiered in Japan on April 2. The series will run for 26 episodes over the course of half a year (or two cours). Crunchyroll and Funimation are streaming the series as it airs. The show will enter its "fantasy world" arc in the 18th episode next, after the current "present world" arc.

Asaka and Konomi Suzuki, the singers for the anime's first opening and ending theme songs, respectively, will return — except Suzuki will now perform the opening song "MOTHER," while Asaka will perform the ending song "Kami no Sūshiki" (Divine Formula). Chiyomaru Shikura composed and wrote both songs. The new theme songs will debut in the same 18th episode.

Crunchyroll describes the story:

During the summer, Takuya Arima receives a package—from his missing father—detailing the existence of parallel universes. He investigates further and soon realizes that he's been given the key to cross-dimensional time travel. Now, Takuya is forced to use this newfound tech to unravel the mystery of his father's whereabouts and find out why those closest to him are keeping secrets.

The series will get a completely new anime episode when the first Blu-ray Disc box set surpasses 1,000 pre-orders. The new episode will bundle with the third Blu-ray Disc box that will ship on December 26.

Tetsuo Hirakawa (Grimoire of Zero) is directing the anime, and Mai Otsuka (This Art Club Has a Problem!, Shakugan no Shana) is designing the characters. Studio feel. is producing the animation, and GENCO is producing.

Director Hirakawa previously said that the anime will depict all the characters and all the routes from the original game. While the game unfolded from the first-person perspective of the protagonist Takuya, the anime will also depict the relationships of the girls around Takuya. Hirakawa vowed that the anime "will outdo the game in dirty jokes," that Mio "will be even more tsundere," and that Kanna "will be even more mysterious."

The companies first announced the project in December 2016.

Sources: YU-NO anime's website, Comic Natalie

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