The announcement during Anime Expo about the new anime series Dimension W with FUNimation as a member of the production company got a lot of people talking at the time but there hasn’t been too much beyond that in terms of announcements from Japan. Now the official site has updated in Japan and there’s some new details to be had. The series has now been slotted for a January 2016 broadcast in Japan and the cast revealed with:
- Daisuke Ono as Kyouma Mabuchi
- Reina Ueda as Mira Yurisaki
- Akira Ishida as Albert Schumann
- Eri Suzuki as Elizabeth Greenhough-Smith
- Kimiko Saito as Marie
Additionally, the program guide for Nan Desu Kon has gone live and some digging into it by readers has revealed that there will be a panel for the series hosted by FUNimation on Saturday, September 5th at 8pm to 10pm. We’re going to speculate here that there are two things that will potentially come from this; the smart money is on getting a dub cast announcement considering the running time of the panel. That will help build some interest in the North American side for fans. I’m also going to guess a 50/50 shot that we’ll hear FUNimation confirming the January 2016 broadcast in Japan with a simultaneous broadcast in North America on Toonami, similar to what they did with Space Dandy before. Again, just speculation on my part but that’s the feeling I’m getting from how this production is rolling out.
The series is based on the manga by Yuji Iwahara which has its eighth volume coming out next week. The anime is directed by Kanta Kamei based on scripts by Shoutarou Suga and character designs by Tokuyuki Matsutake. It’s being animated at Studio 3Hz.
Plot concept: In the year 2071, the world’s energy problems seem solved by a network of cross-dimensional electric-field inductors- “coils” -that extract energy from a seemingly infinite source. That source is the W dimension, a fourth plane that exists beyond the X, Y, and Z dimensions. In this world, unofficial “illegal” coils harness powers that the police can’t hope to counter. Dealing with these coils is the job of coil-hating repo man Kyoma, whose run-in with the unique coil android Mira leads the two to form a reluctant partnership.