Following the teaser announcement on October 1, Tokyo-based anime production company Studio TRIGGER today reveals the details on its upcoming second original TV anime project Kiznaiver (pronounced: kizuna-eaver), which is slated for 2016. The anime's official website and Twitter have already opened. The company's first original TV anime series KILL la KILL was aired for 24 episodes from October 2013 to March 2014, and was passionately received by anime fans in Japan and around the world.
The new sci-fi action series Kiznaiver is directed by Hiroshi Kobayashi, who helmed several episodes of Tiger & Bunny, Vividred Operation, Yozakura Quartet, TRIGGER's own KILL la KILL, and recently served as second director for Rage of Bahamut GENESIS. It will be his TV series directorial debut. Mari Okada, best known for her series composition works for Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day and Hanasaku Iroha, provides scripts.
36-year-old manga artist/illustrator Shirou Miwa, whose latest work DOGS/ BULLETS&CARNAGE has
been serialized in Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine, draws original character designs. Mai Yoneyma,
an assistant chief animation director on Kill la Kill (9th and 13th episode), designs the anime characters.
Yuuki Hayashi, recently worked on Gundam Build Fighters, Haikyu!! and Classroom☆Crisis, composes
The story is set in Sugomori-city, built in a reclaimed land, which was once prosperous as a future type city.
Katsuhira Agata, a high school boy who is living in the city, has a strange body which can feel no pain at all
and he doesn't know why. Before the summer vacation, by the guidance of a mysterious girl Noriko Sonozaki,
he is chosen as a member of "Kiznaiver," a group of people who share pain. Then he finds his classmates
who are also connected as "Kiznaiver." However, they originally belong to different groups who never get along.
Sonozaki says, "This is an experiment to guide the world filled with wars to peace." Following her word, they
have to face various trials. One summer story of boys and girls who have to share each other's wounds begins.
Main characters descriptions:
Katsuhira Agata: 10th grade student lives in Sugomori-city, and has not much emotional ups and downs,
insensitive to physical pain. He's not interested in others, as well as himself, he understand it in no small way.
Noriko Sonozaki: Evertything she says and does is mystery. She is even less emotionless than Katsuhira,
and doesn't show humane feelings.
Chidori Takashiro: Katsuhira's childhood friend and always cares about him. In a good meaning, she is a
caring person, but in a bad meaning, she is officious.
Hajime Tenga: "All Brawn and No Brain" character who always acts before thinking. While his behavior
is rude, he is also a soft-hearted and honest person who never breaks his promises.
Nico Niyama: A girl whose fashion and behavior are very unique. She has a screw loose, and is a so-called
"Fushigi-chan" (eccentric and spontaneous young girl).
Tsuguhito Yuta: Sociable honor student who is highly valued by people around (mainly girls). But on the
other hand, he has calculating and vacillating nature. He is always unfriendly towards boys.
Honoka Maki: A girl who loves reading and doesn't want to belong to a group. With cold look and unfriendly
attitude, she often gives people a tongue-lashing.
Yoshiharu Hisomu: A very handsome young man wearing a full of pierced earrings and decorating himself
with bandages. His face can be described as "Beautiful" by anyone.
Kiznaiver is featured in the latest November 2015 issue of Shufu to Seikatsusha's PASH! magazine
which is officially published in Japan today, October 10. The cover illustration is newly drawn by the
anime character designer Mai Yoneyama.
Source: Studio TRIGGER
©TRIGGER, Mari Okada/Kiznaiver Production Committee