The most recent issue of Hakusensha’s Hana to Yume magazine has announced that the manga Akatsuki no Yona will be getting an anime adaptation. The manga itself is written and illustrated by Mizuho Kusanagi.
The manga already had a drama CD adaptation and the cast that appeared in the drama will reprise their role in the upcoming anime. They are as follows:
- Chiwa Saito (Homura Akemi in Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica) will voice Yona
- Tomoaki Maeno (Junichi Tachibana from Amagami SS) is voicing as Soon Hak
- Yuusuke Kobayashi (Kazuki Kurebayashi in Selector Infected WIXOSS) voices Soo-won
- Masakazu Morita (Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach) as Kija
- Nobuhiko Okamoto (Rin Okumura in Ao no Exorcist) is voicing Shin-a
- Junichi Suwabe (Archer from Fate/Zero) will voice Jeha
- Hiro Shimono (Keima Katsuragi in The World God Only Knows) as Zeno
- Junko Minagawa (Ryoma Echizen in Prince of Tennis) voices Yun
In addition to the cast, the production crew of the anime was revealed as well:
- Director: Kazuhiro Yoneda (Debut directing role)
- Series Writer: Shinichi Inotsume (Nyan Koi!, Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta)
- Character Designer: Maho Yoshikawa (Amnesia, Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei)
- Music Composition: Kunihiko Ryo (Tegami Bachi, Saiunkoku Monogatari)
- Sound Director: Yukio Nagasaki (Love Live! School Idol Project, Dragon Ball Kai)
- Animation Studio: Studio Pierrot (Naruto Shippuden, Bleach)
Here is a short stylised video of the manga:
Akatsuki no Yona is a manga series by Mizuho Kusanagi. It began in 2009 in Hakusensha’s Hana to Yume magazine and to date has a total of 14 compiled volumes. The ninth volume of the manga was bundled with a drama CD, which featured the cast that would return for the upcoming anime adaptation.
Here is a synopsis of the series from MAL:
Yona is the sole princess of the kingdom, living the luxurious and carefree life as a princess should. She has it all: the finest clothes and cosmetics, the most divine sweets, a loving emperor as a father, and the hottest cousin crush, Soo-won, anyone could ever hope to have. Now, if only her bodyguard, Son Hak, wasn’t so annoying to her and her hair wasn’t so red.
But her nearly perfect world quickly shatters as the man she loves, Soo-won, murders her father and the path to his ascension to the throne is assured. Son Hak escapes with Yona, and they lead a life on the run from that point on.
Further information about the anime adaptation of Akatsuki no Yona will release at a later date.
You can visit the manga’s website here: http://www.hanayume.com/hanayume/yona/
“Akatsuki no Yona”, images, video and all associated brands and titles © 2014 Mizuho Kusanagi and Hakusensha