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Alternate Title

Kouya no Kotobuki Hikoutai


In a desolate expanse of wasteland, people survive by cooperating and trading goods and supplies. The Kotobuki Squadron make a living as bodyguards for hire. Led by a strict yet beautiful squad leader, an unreliable commanding officer, and a truly skilled maintenance chief, the squadron’s lively bunch of female pilots take to the skies to battle air pirates as the engines of their Hayabusa fighters ring out through the wide blue yonder.


Kotobuki - The Wasteland Squadron is an original anime project from director Tsutomu Mizushima and scriptwriter Michiko Yokote. The anime is being produced by Digital Frontier with GEMBA producing the animations, which will be a hybrid of 2D and 3D. Other staff include Hiroyuki Kanbe as assistant director, with Shou Sugai adapting Hidari’s original character designs for animation, Toko Nakamura as chief animation director, Shigeyuki Ninomiya credited as military supervisor, and Shiroh Hamaguchi in charge of music. The opening theme song will be "Sora no Ne" by ZAQ and the ending theme song will be "Tsubasa o Motsu Monotachi" by the six main cast members. The anime is set to premiere in Japan in January 2019.

The project is also spawning an air combat simulation RPG smartphone game titled Kouya no Kotobuki Hikoutai - Ozora no Take Off Girls! (Kotobuki - The Wasteland Squadron: Take Off Girls of the Sky!) that will launch in winter 2019 for iOS and Android.


Kirie (Voiced by: Sayumi Suzushiro)

A pilot for the Kotobuki Squadron. She prides herself on having excellent flying skills and an aptitude for the air. She has exceptional talent in bringing out the full abilities of any aircraft but is sometimes quick to anger.

Emma (Voiced by: Eri Yukimura)

A pilot for the Kotobuki Squadron, Emma is taciturn but has prodigal level talent.

Kate (Voiced by: Sayaka Nakaya)

A pilot for the Kotobuki Squadron and Kirie’s childhood friend. She has exceptional dogfighting skills and is able to read into her opponent’s habits and abilities. She may speak eloquently but she can have a wicked tongue.

Reona (Voiced by: Asami Seto)

Commanding officer of the Kotobuki Squadron. Reona is an extremely experienced pilot and fights while anticipating a variety of outcomes to gain the upper hand.

Zara (Voiced by: Hibiku Yamamura)

The vice commander of the Kotobuki Squadron. She likes to drink and is an old friend of Reona’s.

Chika (Voiced by: Miyu Tomita)

The Kotobuki Squadron’s youngest pilot. She often gets into arguments with Kirie.

Madame Lulu (Voiced by: Akiko Yajima)

The female president of the Oni Company which transports goods and materials.

Saneatsu (Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara)

An unreliable commanding officer.

Natsuo (Voiced by: Rumi Okubo)

Chief of the maintenance crew that works on the fighters at Oni Company. She may look young, but she’s actually an adult.

Johnny (Voiced by: Yoji Ueda)

The owner of a bar that Kirie and the others often frequent.

Ririko (Voiced by: Nao Toyama)

A waitress at Johnny’s bar. She is cold toward both Johnny and customers.


A staff member at Oni Company. Anna is a determined girl who is hard on Saneatsu and often criticizes him.


A staff member at Oni Company. In contrast to her friend Anna, Maria is quiet and timid.

Addy, Betty, Cindy

Staff members at Oni Company. They are always together, and though they all look alike they are not related.

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  • Director: Tsutomu Mizushima
  • Assistant Director: Hiroyuki Kanbe
  • Series Composition: Michiko Yokote
  • Unit Director: Yusaku Saotome
  • Original Character Designer: Hidari
  • Character Designer: Shou Sugai
  • Art Director: Kazuo Ogura
  • Chief Animation Director: Toko Nakamura
  • Animation Director: Shouta Ueno
  • 3D Directors: Hisashi Egawa, Ten Hirota
  • Sound Director: Tsutomu Mizushima
  • Directors of Photography: Kentaro Kashiwagi, Takamasa Hatakeyama
  • Art Setting: Nobuhito Sue, Sakura Ogawa
  • Color Design: Aiko Yamagami
  • Editing: Masato Yoshitake
  • Military Setting: Hideyuki Kikuchi, Jiro Tokihama, Tetsuya Nakano
  • Military Supervisor: Shigeyuki Ninomiya
  • Setting Cooperation: Seiichi Shirato
  • Technical Director: Keita Mizuhashi
  • Sound Effects: Yasumasa Koyama
  • Sound Mixing: Takayuki Yamaguchi
  • Music: Shiroh Hamaguchi
  • Production: Digital Frontier
  • Animation Production: GEMBA
  • Opening Theme Song Artist: ZAQ
  • Ending Theme Song Artists: Asami Seto, Eri Yukimura, Hibiku Yamamura, Miyu Tomita, Sayaka Nakaya, Sayumi Suzushiro