The official website for Kunihiko Ikuhara’s Yuri Kuma Arashi (Yuri Bear Storm) yuri anime project has released new information for the series, including its air date of January 6, 2015. Other information includes the anime’s cast and staff, and the first visual, character designs and promotional video for the anime.
The anime’s site has revealed the main cast for the series, in addition to the character designs for each character. The cast includes:
- Miho Arakawa (Sumireko Hanabusa in Akuma no Riddle) will voice Ginko Yurishiro
- Yoshiko Ikuta (Yukina Sonogi in Senkou no Night Raid) as Lulu Yurigasaki
- Nozomi Yamane (First major role) voices Kureha Tsubaki
- Junichi Suwabe (Archer in Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works) will play Life Sexy
- Mitsuki Saiga (Takuto Shindou in Inazuma Eleven Go) voices the role of Life Cool
- Kazutomi Yamamoto (Kenjirou Hato from Genshiken Nidaime) will be voicing Life Beauty
- Yui Ogura (Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi from Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko.) as Sumika Izumino
- Ami Koshimizu (Ryuuko Matoi from Kill la Kill) voices Konomi Yurikawa
- Aoi Yuuki (Madoka Kaname in Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica) voicing the role of Mitsuko Yurizono
The anime’s production staff were also revealed, which also includes Kunihiko himself directing the anime. The staff includes:
- Director, Series Composer and Sound Director: Kunihiko Ikuhara (Mawaru Penguindrum, Sailor Moon SuperS)
- Series Composer: Takayo Ikami (Mawaru Penguindrum, Watamote)
- Original Character Designer: Akiko Morishima (Hanjuku Joshi, Renai Joshi File)
- Anime Character Designer: Etsuko Sumimoto (Hachimitsu to Clover and Magic Madoka★Magica The Movie: Rebellion Animation Director)
- Art Director: Chieko Nakamura (Mawaru Penguindrum, Baku Tech! Bakugan)
- Sound Director: You Yamada (Mawaru Penguindrum, Black Bullet )
- Music Composer: Yukari Hashimoto (Mawaru Penguindrum, Toradora!)
- Animation Studio: Silver Link (Kokoro Connect, Non Non Biyori)
And finally, the first promotional video for the Yuri Kuma Arashi anime has released:
Yuri Kuma Arashi (Yuri Bear Storm) is a new project created by Kunihiko Ikuhara. The yuri project was first announced in March last year where a small animation was privately this year. A manga adaptation of the project was announced early this year, which was written by Ikuhara and illustrated by Akiko Morishima. The manga started serialization in February in Gentosha’s Comic Birz monthly seinen magazine.The first compiled volume of the manga will release on the 21st.
Here is a synopsis of the series from MAL:
Some time ago, the asteroid Kumaria exploded in the depths of space.
The resulting fragments became a meteor shower that rained down on Earth, and for some reason, bears all over the world rose up and attacked humanity! In “Man vs. Bear,” the bears ate the humans and the humans shot the bears, resulting in a seemingly unending battle and a cycle of hatred. In the end, a giant “Wall of Extinction” was erected between the humans and bears and a state of mutual nonaggression came to pass…
The human world.
One morning, Arashigaoka Academy students Kureha Tsubaki and Sumika Izumino were by themselves and saw the “Yuri Flower” that bloomed in a flower bed. The two are friends as well as lovers. The flower bed is an important place to the two. At that moment, the Bear Alarms ring out! The bears are invading the human world, and humans are being attacked! Are they really those bears? One mystery invokes yet another mystery, one after another. The curtain rises magnificently on Yuri Kuma Arashi!
The Yuri Kuma Arashi anime will be airing in Japan from January 6th on Tokyo MX, during the Winter 2014/2015 anime season. More information about the series will release soon.
Source Images – Yuri Kuma Arashi Website
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