SPRING ANIME SEASON 2016 PREVIEW: Kiznaiver

Kiznaiver animeKiznaiver (キズナイーバー) is a new original project by Trigger – the studio responsible for 2013’s hit TV series Kill la Kill and the popular magic anime series Little Witch Academia. The new show will be a fantasy world of young people with superhuman abilities. A new era has arrived, and it will be the Kiznaivers who will survive the change.

Learn all about it below.

The Story

We will meet with the citizens of Sugomori City, a fictional Japanese city built upon a reclaimed land. As the years go by, the population diminishes. The birth rate is low, the death rate higher than ever. What causes all this and can the hands of time be reversed for this world?

In aid comes the Kizna System. If you have ever wondered what it feels like to keep your friends close, but your enemies closer, then you can get a very clear idea of it from the show. The Kiznaivers, users and active units in the Kizna System, are people, normal citizens, linked to each other. The common denominator? They are as different as you can go.

The very system works like this: the wounds afflicted to a Kiznaiver are transmitted to the other members of his connection system. Then, if his links have their own links, the wounds get transmitted down the chain. The system is not complete.

Our main characters are Noriko Sonozaki, an ordinary student, and her classmate Katsuhira Agata, who find his fate to be more than extraordinary and shocking. When Noriko tells Katsuhira that he is a Kiznaiver, he has no other choice but to feel confused.

Characters and Cast

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Katsuhira Agata

seiyuu: Yuki Kaji (No. 6‘s Shion)

Katsuhira is a second year high school student who doesn’t like to express his emotions openly. He also suffers from a rare condition which doesn’t allow him to feel pain.

Noriko Sonozaki

seiyuu: Hibiku Yamamura (Owari no Seraph’s Ashuramaru)

She is apathetic and another member of team Emotionless. She has a mysterious behaviour, and her actions and reactions seem to be quite odd to many of her classmates. On the other hand, she too seems quite stunned by the way people communicate around her.

Chidori Takashiro

seiyuu: Yuka Terasaki (Naruto Shippuuden‘s Itachi Uchiha)

She is Katsuhira’s childhood friend. She is a good pal, a caring companion for Katsuhira, especially when he’s experiencing difficulties. One of her bad sides is that she’s quite meddling.

Hajime Tenga

seiyuu: Tomoaki Maeno (Kuroshitsuji‘s Charles Phipps)

He is an open-minded, energetic person with a silly side. Although lacking in brains, he is quite strong and always ready to enter into action.

Tsuguhito Yuta

seiyuu: Nobunaga Shimazaki (Date A Live’s Shidou Itsuka)

A top student who is never late to compliment a lady. A heartbreaker, but also very self-conscious. He regards most men around him with disrespect or gives them the cold shoulder.

Honoka Maki

seiyuu: Rina Satou (Eve no Jikan’s Nagi)

A lovely-looking girl with blunt attitude and sharp tongue. She is a lone wolf, but a strong one nonetheless. She hates sheep-like behaviour and prefers trusting only herself. She often says things many consider unladylike.

Nico Niyama

seiyuu: Misaki Kuno (Durarara!!x2’s Akane Awakusu)

Nico is an innocent girl who cares about fashion. In fact, fashion is her life. While may consider her too silly, she is in fact quite helpful when it comes to looking from a different perspective.

Yoshiharu Hisomu

seiyuu: Koutarou Nishiyama (Haikyuu!’s Kazuhito Narita and Kawashima)

A young man with unique looks. Yoshiharu sports a number of piercings and characteristic bandages as accessories.

Kazunao Yamada

seiyuu: Junichi Suwabe (Bleach‘s Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez)

Yamada-sensei is our protagonist’s homeroom teacher. A teacher in Chemistry, he is all about chaos and laziness. He is openly apathetic even when it comes to things such as his job and the class’s tuition.

Mutsumi Urishibara

seiyuu: Mie Sonozaki (One Piece’s Viola)

This is the mysterious, robe-wearing high school counsellor. She is competent in her job, and ready to aid a student in need.

Gomorin

seiyuu: None

Sugomori City’s mascot. He appears at various locations hen there are events related to promoting the city’s activities and making policies more popular.

The Staff

Producer: Masahiko Ootsuka (Inferno Cop)

Director: Hiroshi Kobayashi (Kimi no Iru Machi: Tasogare Kousaten)

Original character designer: Shirow Miwa (Dogs: Bullets and Carnage)

Character designer: Mai Yoneyama

Production studio: Trigger

Sound director: Toshiki Kameyama  (Nisekoi, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei)

Series composition, script, theme song lyrics: Mari Okada  (Canaan, Gosick)

Music: Yuuki Hayashi (Death Parade, Robotics;Notes)

 

OP: “LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME” by BOOM BOOM SATELLITES

ED: Hajimari no Sokudo (はじまりの速度)” by Sangatsu no Phantasia

 

Where to Watch*

The first two episodes were streamed exclusively during the 27th March event at the United Cinema Toyosu.

Excluding this special screening, the show’s official airdates are as follows:

TV Channels

On Tokyo MX, every Saturday starting 9th April at 23:30

On BS11, every Saturday starting 9th April at 23:30

On GTV, every Saturday starting 9th April at 23:30

On Tochigi TV, every Saturday starting 9th April at 23:30

On ABC Asahi, every Saturday starting 9th April at 26:15

On TV Aichi, every Tuesday starting 12th April at 26:05

 

Streaming Services

Nico NIco weekly broadcast, every Sunday starting April 10th at 23:00.

Bandai Channel, weekly streams starting 11th April, every Monday at noon (12:00).

GYAO weekly streams, starting April 11th; every Monday at 12:00.

Anime Hodai weekly broadcasts, every Monday at 12:00, starting April 11th.

U-NEXT streams, starting Monday, 11th April. Every week at 12:00.

Hikari TV weekly streams, starting 11th April at 12:00.

D Anime Store weekly streams, starting 11th April at 12:00.

Video Market streams, starting Monday, 11th April. Every week at 12:00.

Play Station weekly streams starting 11th April, every Monday at 12:00.

 

*all times are local; broadcast details are subject of change.

Video and images ©TRIGGER・岡田麿里/キズナイーバー製作委員会

Official Kiznaiver website

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BrutalMurder
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Don’t think this will be much like Kill la Kill

BakaOuji
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And there was a time we thought CLAMP’s drawing style is ridiculous…

Dandelion
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This one looks so nice as well!!!!

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