Last December, it was revealed that Yuu Watase’s shounen manga, Arata Kangatari, is getting an anime adaptation. Following the announcement, the first TV ad was streamed and the staff information was revealed, but no cast info was disclosed.
Finally, Weekly Shounen Sunday has announced the full cast for the upcoming anime in its latest issue which came out this past weekend:
- Arata Hinohara is voiced by Nobuhiko Okamoto (Murasama from Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun).
- Arata is voiced by Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Kazuto Kirigaya from Sword Art Online)
- Kotoha is voiced by Ayahi Takagaki (Kuro from Ao no Exorcist)
- Kannagi is voiced by Yuuki Ono (Kiyotaka Yoshino from D.C.III ~Da Capo III~)
- Masato Kadowaki is voiced by Ryouhei Kimura (Kodaka Hasegawa from Haganai)
- Akachi is voiced by Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Kazunari Takao from Kuroko no Basuke)
- Kanate is voiced by Junko Minagawa (Cornelia Li Britannia from Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch)
- Yorunami is voiced by Souichirou Hoshi (Brera Sterne from Macross Frontier)
The opening and ending songs will be performed by Sphere and OLDCODEX, respectively.
The original creator, Yuu Watase, is popular for her shoujo manga titles including Fushigi Yuugi and Ayashi no Ceres. And on top of that, she is also known for her splendid illustrations of bishies (pretty boys). Although Arata Kangatari is a shounen manga, that doesn’t mean that the ladies will no longer see Watase-sensei’s beautifully drawn men.
The Arata Kangatari is Watase’s first serialized shounen manga which began in October 2008. The story is about a world where it is customary to choose a princess to reign over the kingdom. The next in line is Arata, a 15-year-old male pretending to be a girl until a legitimate candidate for princess shows up. He attends a festival and witnesses the murder of Kokuri-hime, the current princess. The conspirators are the 12 Shinsho, the princess’ bodyguards. Tables turn as Kannagi, one of the 12, convinces the people that it was Arata who murdered the princess. Now, the Imperial Court wants him dead.
The series is slated to premiere in Japan this April.