Aniplex of America Announces Saekano Product Release Details

*Artworks subject to change

©2015 Fumiaki Maruto, Kurehito Misaki, KADOKAWA FUJIMISHOBO / Project Saenai

The Romantic Comedy Featuring High School Game Developers
Coming to Blu-ray This March

SANTA MONICA, CA (January 15, 2016) –Aniplex of America announced today at their industry panel at OTAKON Vegas their release plans for the romantic comedy anime series, SAEKANO (Japanese title: Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata lit: How to Raise a Boring Heroine) starting this March. This 13 episode anime adaptation of the popular light novel series with the same title will be released on 2 Blu-ray sets. Volume 1 will be available starting on March 29th and Volume 2 on May 31st. Pre-orders will begin next Monday (January 18th) on Aniplex of America's official SAEKANO website (www.Saekano.com).

About SAEKANO:
SAEKANO is the anime series based on the hit light novel of the same title by author Fumiaki Maruto. Lead cast includes Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Kirito, Sword Art Online) as protagonist Tomoya Aki as well as Ai Kayano (Menma, anohana) as Utaha Kasumigaoka.

Story
One day, an otaku high school student Tomoya Aki has a fateful encounter with a girl amidst the beautiful cherry blossom trees. This meeting inspires Tomoya to design his very own “gal-ge” (dating-simulation PC game) featuring a heroine modeled after the girl he saw. In order to make his desire a reality, Tomoya must persuade a few eccentric “creators” such as the ace member of the art club and his childhood friend, Eriri Spencer Sawamura and the school's top student, Utaha Kasumigaoka to join his development team. Meanwhile, Tomoya is shocked to learn that the girl he idolized as his muse for this whole project was none other than Megumi Kato, who is a super low-profile girl who he doesn't even notice that she is in the same class! But, this doesn't dissuade Tomoya. He is determined to make Megumi an ultimate gal-ge heroine!

Staff & Cast Credits
STAFF
Original Story: Fumiaki Maruto (KADOKAWA Fantasia Bunko Fujimi Shobo BC)
Original Character Design: Kurehito Misaki
Director: Kanta Kamei
Series Composition/ Script: Fumiaki Maruto
Character Design/Chief Animation Director: Tomoaki Takase
Art Director: Natsuki Kusakabe
Art Settings: Eiko Tsunadō
Color Design: Kanako Hokari
Director of Photography: Yuichiro Tozawa
Editing: Akari Saitō
Sound Director: Akiko Fujita
Music: Hajime Hyakkoku (F.M.F)
Animation Production: A-1 Pictures

Opening Theme “Kimi iro signal” / Luna Haruna (SME Records)
Ending Theme “Colorful” / Miku Sawai (MASTERSIX FOUNDATION / Sony Music Labels)

CAST
Tomoya Aki: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka
Eriri Spencer Sawamura: Saori Ōnishi
Utaha Kasumigaoka: Ai Kayano
Megumi Kato: Kiyono Yasuno
Michiru Hyodo: Sayuri Yahagi
Izumi Hashima: Chinatsu Akasaki
Iori Hashima: Tetsuya Kakihara

SAEKANO Volume 1 features:

*Artwork subject to change

BD Features
  • Spoken Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Episodes: #0-#5 (6 episodes)
  • Number of Discs: 2 Blu-ray Discs
  • Total Run Time: Approx. 150 min.
  • Rating: 13UP

Bonus Contents
  • Textless Opening and Ending
  • Promo Videos
  • Web Previews

Bonus Materials and Special Package
  • Illustration Postcards
  • Package Illustrated by Kurehito Misaki (Original Character Design)
  • Clear BD Cases with 2-sided Wraps

*Bonus contents subject to change.

Product number and UPC bar code


SAEKANO Blu-ray Volume 2 features:

*Artwork subject to change

BD Features
  • Spoken Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Episodes: #6-#12 (7 episodes)
  • Number of Discs: 2 Blu-ray Discs
  • Total Run Time: Approx. 175 min.
  • Rating: 13UP

Bonus Contents
  • Web Previews

Bonus Materials and Special Package
  • Illustration Postcards
  • Package Illustrated by Kurehito Misaki (Original Character Design)
  • Clear BD Cases with 2-sided Wraps

*Bonus contents subject to change.

Product number and UPC bar code


Both SKUs will be available through official Aniplex of America retailers. For a list of our retailers,
please visit: www.AniplexUSA.com/retailers

For more details on SAEKANO, please visit the official homepage: www.Saekano.com

About Aniplex of America Inc.
Aniplex of America Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan), a group of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and a leading provider of anime content and music production and distribution in Japan. Aniplex of America has launched fan-favorite Blu-ray and DVD releases including Sword Art Online, Kill la Kill, Bakemonogatari, Fate/Zero, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Blue Exorcist, NISEKOI, OREIMO 2, Magi: The Kingdom of Magic, Expelled from Paradise, The irregular at magic high school, ALDNOAH.ZERO, Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] and DURARARA!!×2. The company's ever-growing line-up of shows includes our most recent titles ERASED, Sword Art Online II, The Asterisk War, OWARIMONOGATARI, Your Lie in April, Charlotte, Classroom Crisis, WAGNARIA!!3 and GOD EATER.

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