The No Game No Life anime movie that went into the dark after last summer’s reveal is finally back with a title, a teaser trailer, and now a release date. With a list of returning cast and staff, it’s been revealed in poster ads from Kadokawa that No Game No Life -Zero- will open in Japan on July 15th. The twist, as previously hinted by the light novels’ author Yu Kamiya, is that the movie is set some 6000 years before the series’ main storyline.
The cast being resurrected are:
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Sora
Ai Kayano as Shiro
Yoko Hikasa as Stephanie Dora
Yukari Tamura as Jibril
Yuka Iguchi as Clammy Zell
Mamiko Noto as Feel Nilvalen
Miyuki Sawashiro as Izuna Hatsuse
Rie Kugimiya as Teto
The visual (below) also released with some familiar-looking faces reads: “Well, let’s start playing.” Matsuoka, Kayano and Hikasa will attend a stage event to be held on March 26th at AnimeJapan 2017. More film footage and visuals are expected to be revealed on that date.
As for the returning staff, Atsuko Ishizuka is back from the TV anime to direct at studio Madhouse. Jukki Hanada returns on series composition, with Satoshi Tasaki deigning characters. Super Sweep (comprising Shinji Hosoe, Ayako Saso, Takahiro Eguchi and Fumihisa Tanaka) will likewise be returning to compose music at Kadokawa.
Kamiya launched the light novels in 2012, drawing his own art for the series. After the anime adaptation aired in April 2014, Yen Press published their first English volume in April 2015, giving the series the following summary:
In this fantasy world, everything’s a game–and these gamer siblings play to win!
Meet Sora and Shiro, a brother and sister who are loser shut-ins by normal standards. But these siblings don’t play by the rules of the “crappy game” that is average society. In the world of gaming, this genius pair reigns supreme, their invincible avatar so famous that it’s the stuff of urban legend. So when a young boy calling himself God summons the siblings to a fantastic alternate world where war is forbidden and all conflicts–even those involving national borders–are decided by the outcome of games, Sora and Shiro have pretty much hit the jackpot. But they soon learn that in this world, humanity, cornered and outnumbered by other species, survives within the confines of one city. Will Sora and Shiro, two failures at life, turn out to be the saviors of mankind? Let the games begin…!