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Shikizakura Anime's Video Previews Asaka's Opening Song

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Early 2021 series centers on anti-oni team in "near-future science fiction drama"

The official website for Chukyo TV and Sublimation's original "near-future science fiction drama" anime Shikizakura began streaming an opening song announcement promotional video on Tuesday. The video previews Asaka's opening theme song "BELIEVE MYSELF." Asaka is from Nagoya, where the anime's production is based.

The anime will premiere in early 2021. The previously announced cast includes:

Yūdai Noda as Kakeru Miwa

Miho Mashiro as Ōka Myōjin

Daisuke Nakamoto as Kippei Nagatsu

Shōto Mizukami as Ryō Hattori

Eri Sakazaki as Kaede Naruse

Natsuki Ochiai as Haruko Yamada

Shingo Yoneyama as Ibara

Former SKE48 member Miki Yakata as Benio Myōjin

Iwori as Issa Inuzuka

Yūto Arai as Ukon Kijima

TYK Promotion, which is based in Nagoya, Aichi, held auditions for new voice actors for the anime's seven main characters. The staff also held an audition for an English-speaking role in the anime at Anime Expo in July 2019. The anime's main staff judged the audition.

Chukyo TV and CG animation studio Sublimation are producing the anime. The anime will have 12 30-minute episodes.

The anime is set in the Tōkai region, and most of the series' main staff members are based in the area. Shin'ya Sugai (Walking Meat) is directing the anime at Sublimation (Love Live! Sunshine!!, Ghost in the Shell Arise, Yamato 2202 CG animation), with Tomoyasu Nishimura (Maria the Virgin Witch, Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit) as producer. Both Sugai and Nishimura are board members of Sublimation. K&K Design is credited for character designs. The production will use both hand drawn and 3D CG animation.

Aside from Chukyo TV, the production committee also includes Sublimation, Tamakoshi, Nakanihon Kōgyō, and K&K Design. The companies are all based in the Nagoya area. Sublimation established its Nagoya studio in 2017.

Sources: Shikizakura anime's website, Comic Natalie

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