Endride to Begin This Spring; Nobuhiro Watsuki, Kazushi Hagiwara Handling Original Character Designs

Endride to Begin This Spring; Nobuhiro Watsuki, Kazushi Hagiwara Handling Original Character Designs

The latest information has been revealed for the new spring 2016 TV anime Endride. It will broadcast late night on Nippon TV from April to September. Well-known manga artists Nobuhiro Watsuki and Kazushi Hagiwara are participating on the anime as original character designers. The main cast has also been announced, and a splendid lineup has been gathered to color the anime’s original story, including Kensho Ono and Toshiki Masuda.

Endride is a fantasy adventure in which average middle school student Shun Asanaga finds himself lost in Endra, a world beneath the earth. There he meets the Prince of Endra, Emilio Langheim, and his fate takes a sharp turn.

The original character designers on the anime are Kazushi Hagiwara, creator of Bastard!!, and Nobuhiro Watsuki, creator of Rurouni Kenshin. Both are popular manga artists whose works have been serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump. Watsuki is in charge of Shun Asanaga, and Hagiwara Emilio. This dream collaboration will be realized even more in the anime, with the two also designing other characters.

On the cast side, Kensho Ono of Kuroko’s Basketball is voicing Asanaga, and Toshiki Masuda of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal is voicing Emilio. Other members include actress Karen Miyama, who has experience performing in TV dramas including Boku to Kanojo to Kanojo no Ikiru Michi, as heroine Alicia, and playing Fararion who is always by Alicia’s side is Ayaka Ohashi from Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls.

A talented staff has also been assembled that includes as director Keiji Gotoh of Kiddy Grade and Sengoku Collection fame and as series composer Touko Machida of Show By Rock!! and Lucky Star fame. Producing the anime is Brain’s Base, the studio behind Natsume’s Book of Friends and Rin-ne.

A special stage event for Endride will also take place during AnimeJapan 2016 on March 26. Appearing from the main cast will be Kensho Ono, Karen Miyama, Ayaka Ohashi, Hiroki Takahashi, and Kousuke Toriumi. A smartphone game that links up with the anime titled Endride - X Fragments will also be released sometime this year. Excitement for the series will build through various media.

Endride
Broadcast Period: April – September, 2016 (24 episodes total)
Networks: Nippon TV, etc.

[Cast]
Shun Asanaga: Kensho Ono
Emilio: Toshiki Masuda
Alicia: Karen Miyama
Fararion: Ayaka Ohashi
Demetrio: Hiroki Takahashi
Eljuria: Kousuke Toriumi

[Staff]
Original Work: Endride Project
Director: Keiji Gotoh
Series Composer: Touko Machida
Production: Brain’s Base
Original Character Designs: Nobuhiro Watsuki, Kazushi Hagiwara

[Story]
15-year-old Shun Asanaga—a normal middle school student who’s positive and has a bright personality. One day, he finds a strange crystal at his scientist/industrialist father’s company, and the moment he touches it the world suddenly bends and he’s sucked into Endra, a world beneath the earth.

Meanwhile, in Endra Castle, Prince Emilio, who has just turned 16, harbors a strong hatred for the current king. Now being the age to usurp the crown, he grabs a weapon and finally tries to exact his revenge, but their difference in strength is too great and he’s not able to land a single blow. He is captured by the king and imprisoned to a life of anguish.

However, the wall of the prison suddenly bends, and at that moment he appears. Two boys living in Endra—one wants to return to his world, one wants to accomplish his revenge. What future will these two boys raised in different worlds seize…?

© Endride Production Committee

Endride Official Site

Source: animeanime
Source article written by Katsunori Takahashi

© Endride Production Committee
© Endride Production Committee
Shun Asanaga © Nobuhiro Watsuki © ENDRIDE PROJECT
Shun Asanaga © Nobuhiro Watsuki © ENDRIDE PROJECT
Emilio © Kazushi Hagiwara © ENDRIDE PROJECT
Emilio © Kazushi Hagiwara © ENDRIDE PROJECT
Kensho Ono
Kensho Ono
Toshiki Masuda
Toshiki Masuda
Karen Miyama
Karen Miyama
Ayaka Ohashi
Ayaka Ohashi

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