Tsutomu Nihei, Polygon Pictures' Ōyukiumi no Kaina Anime Unveils Teaser, Cast, Crunchyroll Expo World Premiere
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Kaina of the Great Snow Sea (Ōyukiumi no Kaina), the new project from BLAME! and Knights of Sidonia collaborators Tsutomu Nihei and Polygon Pictures, posted a teaser promotional video on Wednesday. The teaser announces the main cast, and Crunchyroll also announced that it will host the world premiere of the first four episodes at Crunchyroll Expo on August 6 at 7:45 p.m. PDT.
The main cast members are:
- Yoshimasa Hosoya as Kaina
- Rie Takahashi as Liliha
- Ayumu Murase as Yaona
- Maaya Sakamoto as Amerote
- Katsuyuki Onishi as Olinoga
- Tomokazu Sugita as Ngaboji
- Nobuyuki Hiyama as Handagil
- Kenyuu Horiuchi as Halesola
The "boy-meets-girl high fantasy" is set in a world where land is being swallowed by the encroaching Great Snow Sea. Humanity ekes out a harsh life above the Tenmaku (a wordplay on the Japanese word for tent) that stretches from the roots to the tops of giant Orbital Trees. The story centers around Kaina, a boy who lives above the Tenmaku, and Liliha, the princess of the small country Atland in the Great Snow Sea.
Hiroaki Ando (Ajin, Listeners) is directing the anime, and Sadayuki Murai (Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, Juni Taisen: Zodiac War, Natsume's Book of Friends) and Tetsuya Yamada (episodes of Knights of Sidonia, Juni Taisen: Zodiac War) are writing the scripts. The anime commemorates Polygon Pictures' 40th anniversary
The manga version of the story launched in Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Sirius magazine on February 26, and Crunchyroll was offer the manga outside Asia. Nihei is credited with the original story, and Itoe Takemoto (The Beast Player novel illustrator and manga artist) is drawing the manga.
Fuji TV launched its +Ultra anime programming block as a sister block to its long-running Noitamina anime block. Fuji TV stated at the time of its announcement that +Ultra was intended to air anime aimed at a more global audience, contrasting with Noitamina's specific target of Japanese audiences. The Crunchyroll Extras channel streamed Thursday's presentation.