The official website for the anime adaptation of Takumi Hiiragiboshi and Yuu Asaba’s Absolute Duo light novel series has released new information for the upcoming series. The site has revealed that the anime will air from January 4 next year. Additionally, a brand new visual, the first set of character designs and some new cast members of the anime were also revealed.
Some character designs have been released for the main characters of the series. The main cast and characters with their respective designs includes:
- Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Kirito in Sword Art Online) will voice lead character Tooru Kokonoe
- Nozomi Yamamoto (Yukimura Kusunoki in Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai) is voicing the main heroine Yurie Sigtuna
- Haruka Yamazaki (Eita Kidou in Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru) as Lilith Bristol
- Ayaka Suwa (Tokaku Azuma from Akuma no Riddle) will voice Tomoe Tachibana
- Ayaka Imamura (First major role) as Miyabi Hotaka
The site has also revealed some new cast members in the upcoming series. The character designs for the following characters, will be revealed at a later date:
- Haruka Tomatsu (Asuna Yuuki from Sword Art Online) will voice Imari Nagakura
- Yukari Tamura (Nui Harime in Kill la Kill) voicing as Rito Tsukimi
- Yui Horie (Tsubasa Hanekawa from Bakemonogatari) will voice Sakuya Tsukumo
- Yoshihisa Kawahara (Yomotsu Hirasaka in Mirai Nikki) as Tatsu
- Natsuki Hanae (Ken Kaneki in Tokyo Ghoul) will play as Tora
The anime’s staff have been revealed and the full crew are as follows:
- Director: Atsushi Nakayama (First full directing role, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS Episode Director)
- Series Composer: Takamitsu Kouno (Minami-ke Tadaima, Abnormal Physiology Seminar)
- Chief Animation Director: Norie Tanaka (M3 the dark metal Chief Animator, Magi – The Labyrinth of Magic Key Animator)
- Anime Character Designer & Animation Director: Keiichi Sano (Strike the Blood, Heaven’s Memo Pad)
- Mechanical Designer: Takashi Kojima (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Bakemonogatari Key Animator)
- Music Composer: Atsushi Hirasawa (Kigurumikku V3)
- Sound Director: Takeshi Takadera (Cardfight!! Vanguard, Yowamushi Pedal)
- Animation Studio: 8-Bit (Tokyo Ravens, Infinite Stratos)
The site has also revealed the main themes for the anime. They include: Believe×Believe by Nozomi Yamamoto, Apple Tea no Aji from Nozomi Yamamoto and Haruka Yamazaki, and 2/2 performed by Ayaka Imamura and Ayaka Suwa.
A promotional video was earlier released for the anime’s announcement:
Absolute Duo is a light novel series written by Takumi Hiiragi-Boshi and features character designs from Yuu Asaba. The series began in 2012 in Media Factory’s MF Bunko J imprint. To date the series has a total of 6 compiled volumes. The series also received a manga adaptation earlier last year in Media Factory’s Monthly Comic Alive magazine by Shinichirou Nariie and a manga spinoff in October in the same publication from Touru Oiwaka.
Here is a synopsis of the series from MAL:
After losing a loved one, Tooru Kokonoe enrolls at Kouryou Academy so as to gain a <<Blaze>>, a weapon that is his soul manifestation, for the sake of revenge. He was expecting a weapon… What he got was a shield… How is he to seek revenge with something that isn’t even a weapon?!
The Absolute Duo anime will be airing from January 4th next year, during the Winter 2014/2015 anime season on AT-X. Additional information about the series will be released in the upcoming weeks.
Source Article – Anime News Network
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