Pro-Wrestling Meets Pets and Parallel Worlds in Rise Up! Animal Road TV Anime

Main cast and staff revealed for upcoming adaptation of isekai fantasy series from the writer of "KONOSUBA!"

A pro-wrestling style poster for the Rise Up! Animal Road TV anime, featuring Kemono Mask and MAO.


A new key visual (above), the main staff, and two key cast members have been revealed for Rise Up! Animal Road (known in Japan as Hatage! Kemonomichi), and upcoming TV anime based on the isekai fantasy manga about a pro-wrestler who opens a pet shop after being transported to a parallel world. The main staff for Rise Up! Animal Road includes:


  • Original work: Natsume Akatsuki 
  • Manga: Mattakumo-suke, Yumeuta
  • Director: Kazuya Miura
  • Series composition: Touko Machida
  • Character design: Tomoka Noumi
  • Animation production: ENGI
  • Production: Kemonomichi Production Committee 


The cast members for Rise Up! Animal Road include:


Kemono Mask, aka Genzo Shibata, a muscular masked wrestler with a cape and a puppy in his arms.


Katsuyuki Konishi as Kemono Mask (real name: Genzo Shibata), a masked wrestler who is summoned to another world in the middle of a title match. Kemono Mask is a passionate man who loves animals more than anything and will never forgive anyone who allows animals to come to harm. His specialty is the German Suplex.


MAO, aka Macadamian Ogre, is a vicious looking heel wrestler with a snarling expression and purple hair.


And Tetsu Inada as MAO (aka Macadamian Ogre), a powerful wrestler with a judo background who is Kemono Mask's opponent during the match that is interrupted by a magical summoning. MAO is obsessed with defeating Kemono Mask.


The cover of the first manga volume of Kemonomichi, featuring Sigre, an "demon beast" girl with animal ears and a tail.


The original Kemonomichi manga is serialized in Kadokawa's Monthly Shōnen Ace manga magazine. The story follows Genzo Shibata (aka Kemono Mask), a pet-loving pro-wrestler who is summoned to a magical world by a princess who charges him with defeating the "demon beasts" that threaten the realm. However, Genzo can't stand the thought of harming any animals, so he hits the princess with a German Suplex, flees, and decides to spend his days peacefully running a monster-themed pet shop instead of adventuring.


Demon beast girl Sigre and former pro-wrestler Genzo Shibata prepare to run a monster-themed pet shop in the Rise Up! Animal Road TV anime.


The Rise Up! Animal Road TV anime adaptation will broadcast in Japan on Tokyo MX and other stations beginning on October 02, 2019. The series will also stream in Japan on AbemaTV.




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Official Rise Up! Animal Road TV anime home page


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