The upcoming spring 2016 anime series Kotetsuji no Kabaneri is getting closer and still causing a bit of interest with its pickup by Amazon in Japan and with plans for distribution elsewhere. Ahead of its actual broadcast premiere, however, the noitaminA channel has now let loose with a new thirty-second promo that showscases a bit more of the animation and design work while also introducing us to the actors behind it as they get us into the swing of things.
The series will premiere on April 7th, 2016 on Fuji TV as part of the noitaminA block. The series, which is localized as Knocking on the Walls of the Armored Fortress, also has a prologue special that hit in theaters towards the end of March for a week.
The series is one that will be interesting from a design perspective as it’s reuniting some Attack on Titan colleagues with director Tetsuro Araki and writer Ichiro Okouchi. Okouchi is the main force behind the original Code Geass story and most of its spinoffs as well as having done the first two Berserk features for their screenplays.
The cast includes Tasuku Hatanaka as Ikoma, Sayaka Senbongi as Mumei, Maaya Uchida as Ayame, Toshiki Masuda as Kurusu, Yuuki Kaji as Takumi, Kanae Oki as Kajika, Mariya Ise as Yukina, Ryota Ohsaka as Sukari, Kensuke Satou as Kibito and Mamoru Miyano as Biba.
Plot concept: The series takes place on the island country Hinomoto, where humans hide themselves in fortresses called stations against the threat of zombie-like beings with steel hearts known as “Kabane.” Only armored locomotives known as “Hayajiro” go between the stations.