First Preview of Space Robot Anime Majestic Prince Released

The official website for the 2013 space robot anime Majestic Prince (Ginga Kikōtai) has released the initial preview of the manga adaptation. The first issue of Rando Ayamine and Hikaru Niijima’s Majestic Prince manga was released back in October 2011 and the anime adaptation was announced at the beginning of October 2012, one year later (go to the manga website here).

The story is set in the latter half of 21st century, when humans leave Earth and begin to live in space. As humans adapt to living in space, genetically engineered children called ‘Princes’ are artificially raised and trained to be pilots of armed robots to protect humanity from the hostile aliens of Jupiter. The story specifically follows one of these ‘Princes’, Hitachi O Izuru, who enrols in an academy city called Guranzere to fulfil his mission to protect humanity.

The anime will be directed by Keitaro Motonaga (Katanagatari, Jormungand) and Mobile Suit Gundam Seed‘s Hisashi Hirai will be doing the character design. The staff also includes Reiko Yoshida (K-ON!) as the scriptwriter and the anime production will be handled by Dogakobo and Orange.

Date A Live Cast and Crew Announced

Japanese publisher Fujimi Shobo has announced the main cast and crew of the anime adaptation of Koushi Tachibana light novel series Date A Live. The anime is set for release in 2013.

Cast list:

  • Shido Itsuka: Nobunaga Shimazaki
  • Tohka Yatogami: Marina Inoue
  • Kotori Itsuka: Ayana Taketatsu
  • Origami Tobiichi: Misuzu Togashi
  • Yoshino: Iori Nomizu
  • Kurumi Tokisaki: Asami Sanada
  • Tamae Okamine: Kaori Sadohara
  • Mana Takamiya: Misato
  • Reine Murasame: Aya Endo

The series will be directed by Keitaro Motonaga (Jormungand, Getbackers) and Hideki Shirane (Queen’s Blade Rebellion, Kill Me Baby) will be in charge of scriptwriting. The music of the series will be provided by Go Sakabe (The price of Tennis Musical), along with the sound director Yasunori Ebina (A Certain Magical Index, Naruto). Other members of the cast include Hisashi Saito (Haganai, Heaven’s Lost Property) as the visual director, Satoshi Ishino (Excel Saga, Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu) will be doing the character design based on the original drawings and Mika Akitaka (Martian Successor Nadesico, Galaxy Fraulein Yuna) is designing the mecha. Sweet Arms will be performing the theme song.