The main cast and a new key visual (above) have been unveiled for Hisone and Masotan, an upcoming original TV anime about a young Air Self-Defense Force pilot who befriends a dragon. The tagline on the new key visual states: "All of us are misfits."
The official home page for Hisone and Masotan describes the cast as folows:
Misaki Kuno as Hisone Amakasu. Hisone is a rookie pilot at Gifu base of Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF). She is a very honest person who can never lie, and this leads her to hurt people unconsciously. Early in her career she encountered a dragon, Masotan, and was swallowed by him. This is how he chose Hiosone as his pilot. She gradually gets a thrill to fly with Masotan, and decides to live her life with the legendary dragon.
Tomoyo Kurosawa as Nao Kaizaki. Nao is a candidate for dragon pilot at Gifu base, who has a strong fighting instinct and always provoke a fight to anyone around. Her mother was also a dragon pilot. Although Nao was the prime candidate for dragon pilot until Hisone showed up, dragons didn't accept her. Being jealous of Hisone who was chosen by Masotan, Nao keeps teasing her. But she actually is such a hard worker.
Mari Kawase as El Hoshino. El works at Tsuiki base in Fukuoka Prefecture as a dragon pilot. She is cool and dignified, very good at both academics and sports. El believes that she should be the ace among other pilots. But in fact her depth of understanding of OTF(dragons) is very low and her co-workers find it difficult to deal with her. She pilots a dragon disguising F-2A fighter aircraft.
Satomi Arai as Liliko Kinutsugai. Liliko is a cool and clever dragon pilot at Misawa base in Aomori Prefecture. She cannot help imagining worst-case scenario for everything, and always has negative thoughts. She fears catching others' eyes, always half crying and cannot live without handkerchiefs. Liliko is very competent and pilots a dragon which disguises E-2C, the Airborne Early Warning aircraft.
Kaori Nazuka as Mayumi Hitomi. Mayumi works at Iruma base in Saitama Prefecture as a dragon pilot. She is big, slow, powerful and always smiling calmly. When she was working at a zoo, an employee of Iruma base witnessed that all savage animals were attached to her and scouted her for a dragon pilot. Mayumi understands dragons and tells their feeling to other pilots. She pilots a dragon which mimics C-1, the transport aircraft.
Romi Park as Sada Hinomoto. A mysterious old lady who comes in and out of the base to sell healthy drink. She always wandering around the base and gives Hisone significant advice. Although she seems to know very well about dragons, no one knows who she actually is.
Yuki Kaji as Haruto Okonogi. Haruto is a maintenance worker at Gifu base. He has a gentle demeanor and although he is not very assertive and his superiors tend to push him around, Haruto is an honorable person with a good heart.
Yukitoshi Tokumoto as Yutaka Zaito. A fighter pilot at Gifu base. Yutaka is Hisone's supervisor and his directions during training are very exact. Despite his ability and broad experience, he looks like such a playboy. For Yutaka who tries to pick up all women regardless of age or looking, Hisone is the only woman who doesn’t interest him.
Rie Kugimiya as Remi Kakiyasu. Remi is a Lieutenant Colonel and a flight branch leader at Gifu Base. She has a cool beauty looking and strong mind, but in fact is easy to scare and cry. Though she is bad at getting along with dragons, pilots' safety is her priority #1.
Junichi Suwabe as Hiroki Ikushima. Hiroki is an engineer who develops pilots' suits. Pilots need to wear those to get inside dragons. To obtain necessary information and data, he spends most of his time at the base. In spite that many women get a crush on him, his interest is only polots' suits development.
Jouji Nakata as Hiroshi Sosoda. Hiroshi is a commander of Air Development and Test Wing and Major General. In spite of his tough-looking, he actually is very easy going, and loves animals including dragons. He holds a national secret and value Hisone who was chosen by Masotan.
Disguise: F-15J Fighter aircraft
Affiliation: Gifu base
Pilot: Hisone Amakasu
Size: W 13.1m x L 19.4m x H 5.6m
Feature: Huge wings and long tale. Honest and serious, but having a fear of strangers
The official website for the series describes the story of Hisone and Masotan as follows:
Straightforward and innocent Hisone Amakasu is a rookie self-defense official. She was struggling with the fact that she sometimes hurts people unintentionally by her innocent words and decided to join in Air Self-Defence, hoping to maintain a certain distance from people. This decision led her to a fateful encounter which profoundly changes her life. It was the dragon hidden in the base and it chose Hisone as his pilot. When it soared into the sky with Hisone, her fate as a dragon pilot was decided. It is said that dragons have a key to the future of the world…
Hisone and Masotan is directed by Shinji Higuchi and Hiroshi Kobayashi and features story structure by Mari Okada and animation by BONES. The series will broadcast in Japan on Tokyo MX and BS Fuji beginning in April of 2018.
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