According to Japanese blog sites Yaraon and Otakumo, a tweet has revealed that the upcoming anime Akame ga Kill! will be a 2 cour series. This means that the series will run for ~26 episodes over two anime seasons, with 13 episodes each season. The anime itself is set to air on July 7.
— タカヒロⅣプロジェクト (@takahiro4p) May 22, 2014
Do note that no official news about the series being 2 cour has been released so far, so take it with a grain of salt. The tweet mentions that the news was announced in the recent issue of Square Enix’s Gangan Joker magazine. In related news, the cast and crew of the anime were revealed earlier in the week.
The cast is as follows:
- Sora Amamiya (Liliana from Log Horizon) will be voicing the main heroine and titular character Akame, a member of Night Raid (division of the Revolutionary Army) who wields the katana Teigu (mysterious powerful relics) Murasame
- Souma Saito (Tadashi Yamaguchi in Haikyuu!!) will voice Tatsumi, a new young warrior set out to become a member of the Revolutionary Army
- Yukari Tamura (Nui Harime in Kill la Kill) is playing as Mein, a member of Night Raid that wields the gun Teigu Pumpkin
- Yuu Asakawa (Rider from Fate/stay night) voices Leone, a member of Night Raid with the belt Teigu Lionelle
- Mamiko Noto (Feel Nilvalen from No Game, No Life) will voice Schere, Night Raid member who has the scissor Teigu Ecstasy
- Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Kirito from Sword Art Online) plays as Rabac, part of the Night Raid who wields the gloves Teigu Cross Tail
- Katsuyuki Konishi (Luxus Dreher in Fairy Tail) will be voicing Braht, Night Raid member that uses the armour Teigu Incursio
- Risa Mizuno (Sayori Wakaba in Vampire Knight) voices Najenda, a member of Night Raid that has a secret Teigu
- Satomi Akesaka (Henriette Mystere from Tantei Opera Milky Holmes) will voice Esdese, a high-ranking officer of the Empire and leader of the group Jaegers, Night Raid’s enemy. She has the Teigu Demon’s Extract that allows her to manipulate ice
- Kanami Satou (Ashlynn in Log Horizon) will voice Aria, a new friend of Tatsumi
- Mikako Komatsu (Seishirou Tsugumi from Nisekoi) will be voicing Sayo, a childhood friend of Tatsumi
- Kouji Takahashi (Ash Blake in Seikoku no Dragonar) will be voicing Ieyasu, another childhood friend of Tatsumi
The anime will feature an Opening theme from Sora Amamiya, Akame’s VA, and the Ending theme will be sung by Miku Sawai, who performed Ending theme of Kill la Kill. The anime’s production crew is as follows:
- Director: Tomoki Kobayashi (Amagami SS, Utawarerumono)
- Script Writer: Makoto Uezu (Carnival Phantasm)
- Scenario Supervisor: Takahiro (Manga creator)
- Character Designer: Kazuhisa Nakamura (Jormungand)
- Music Composer: Taku Iwasaki (Gurren Lagann, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)
- Animation Studio: White Fox (Steins;Gate, Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?)
Akame ga Kill! is an original manga written by Takahiro and illustrated by Tetsuya Tashiro. The manga is a dark action fantasy that launched in 2010 and is published in Square Enix’s monthly Gangan Joker magazine. To date there are 9 volumes of the manga complied. The manga has sold relatively well, with the eighth volume selling over 37,000 copies in its first week. Additionally, a prequel manga titled Akame ga Kill! Zero started serialization in October last year. It is once again written by Takahiro, but features Kei Toru as the artist.
Here is a synopsis of the series from MAL:
In a fantasy world, fighter Tatsumi sets out for the Capitol to earn money for his starving village, and finds a world of unimaginable corruption, all spreading from the depraved Prime Minister who controls the child Emperor’s ear. After nearly becoming a victim of this corruption himself, Tatsumi is recruited by Night Raid, a group of assassins dedicated to eliminating the corruption plaguing the Capitol by mercilessly killing those responsible.
If the report is true, then the Akame ga Kill! anime will be airing for two seasons starting from July 7. We will update the article with further confirmations or denials on the news.
You can visit the anime’s official website here: http://akame.tv/