Unlike Girls und Panzer, no foreign fighters will appear in the story, only Japanese-made
The official website and Twitter for Girls und Panzer director Tsutomu Mizushima's new original TV anime Kouya no Kotobuki Hikoutai (The Kotobuki Squadron in The Wilderness) open today with a teaser visual featuring its protagonist Kirie and a 30-second teaser PV. Michiko Yokote teams up again with Mizushima as series composition writer, following his 2014-2015 TV anime SHIROBAKO.
While its plot details are still unknown, Kouya no Kotobuki Hikoutai is introduced as "a real air battle action anime featuring a bishoujo pilot team." It is set to premiere in Japan in January 2019.
According to director Mizushima's tweets, it will be a hybrid anime produced in 3DCG and hand-drawings. And unlike Girls und Panzer that featured various types of tanks from all over the world, the airplanes to be appeared in the story are all Japanese-made, no foreign fighters, such as German Messerschmitt, will appear. Only fighter currently introduced on the site is Nakajima Ki-43
Teaser visual with a tagline: "Air Battle is My Daily Life."
- Director/Sound director: Tsutomu Mizushima
- Series composition: Michiko Yokote (Squid Girl, Karakai Jozu no Takagi-san)
- Main character original design: Hidari ([email protected])
- Anime character design: Sho Sugai (Jushinki Pandora OP animation director)
- Military supervisor: Shigeyuki Ninomiya (Kuromukuro)
- Assistant director: Hiroyuki Kobe
- 3D director: Hisahi Egawa, Sora Hirota
- Technical director: Keita Mizuhashi
- Asset director: Kentaro Kigusuri
- Drawing director: Yusaku Saotome
- Chief animation director: Touko Nakamura
- Animation director: Shota Ueno
- Art director: Kazuo Kokura
- Director of photography: Kentaro Kashiwagi, Takayuki Hatayama
- Music: Shiro Hamaguchi (One Piece, Girls und Panzer)
- Production: Digital Frontier (GANTZ:0)
- Anime production: GEMBA (Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us)
- Drawing production: Wao World (Anime-Gataris)
Main voice cast:
- Kirie: Sayumi Suzushiro (Akira Ohno in High Score Girl)
- Ennma: Eri Yukimura
- Kate: Sayaka Nakaya (ex-AKB48 member/Hana Kazuki in Chaos;Child)
- Reona: Asami Seto (Eri Kumagai in Music Girl)
- Zara: Hibiku Yamamura (Kirara Amanogawa/Cure Twinkle in Go! Princess PreCure)
- Chika: Miyu Tomita (Yume Nijino in Aikatsu Stars!)
In addition, an air battle simulation RPG for iOS and Android Kouya no Kotobuki Hikoutai: Oozora
no Take Off Girls! (The Kotobuki Squadron in The Wilderness: Take Off Gilrs in The Big Sky!) is
scheduled to start its service in the winter of 2019.
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