Do you like Attack on Titan? Well, so do we, so we’re happy as a Titan with a belly full of human flesh to see the promo for director Tetsuro Araki and Wit Studio’s new “steampunk survival action” anime, Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress).
There’s also a commercial and main visual for the original anime series, written by Code Geass creator Ichiro Okouchi, with character design by Macross 7’s Haruhiko Mikimoto, and music by Attack on Titan’s Hiroyuki Sawano.
The main characters that reside on the island of Hinomoto, hidden away from the Kabane in the fortresses they call stations, have had their actors announced and designs revealed as follows:
Tasuku Hatanaka (Ushio & Tora‘s Ushio) as Ikoma, a steam smith who creates a weapon to defeat the Kabane with his good friend Takumi, which they name “Tsuranuki Zutsu”.
Sayaka Senbongi (Chronicles of the Going Home Club‘s Claire Kokonoe) as Mumei (Nameless), a mysterious girl who appears at Aragane Station after boarding Mariya’s Hayajiro , Kōtetsujō.
Maaya Uchida (Charlotte‘s Yusa and Misa) as Ayame, the eldest daughter of the family that governs Aragane Station, who is reluctant to take her father’s place as governor.
Toshiki Masuda (Samurai Flamenco‘s Masayoshi Hazama) as Kurusu, an honourable young warrior who serves as Ayame’s bodyguard.
Yuuki Kaji (Attack on Titan‘s Eren) as Takumi, Ikoma’s friend and fellow steam smith.
Kanae Oki (Fresh Pretty Cure‘s Cure Peach) as Kajika, Ikoma and Takumi’s friend and fellow steam smith.
Mariya Ise (Hunter × Hunter‘s Killua) as Yukina, a crew member of the armoured locomotive Hayajiro Kōtetsujō, who transports items across Hinomoto.
Ryota Ohsaka (Snow White with the Red Hair‘s Zen) as Sukari, a steam smith who lives at Aragane Station.
Kensuke Satou (Chaika the Coffin Princess‘ Nikolai Aftotorr) as Kibito, a warrior who serves Ayame’s family.
Additionally, Mamoru Miyano is listed as a character named Biba, but for now there is no image or information for his character.
The series will premiere on Fuji TV’s Noitamina block in April, and a Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri Prologue special will get a theatrical run in Japan for one week, beginning March 18th next year.