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The Children of the Whales (Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau) has revealed a key visual, a new trailer, and the cast members. The manga by Abi Umeda will be adapted into an anime this fall.
The fantasy manga is a story of boys and girls with special abilities, fighting in a world that is covered in a sea of sand. Chakuro is living on the ‘Mud Whale’, a big ship drifting through the sand. He will be voiced by Natsuki Hanae. Rikosu (voiced by Manaka Iwami) meets Chakuro when her ship wreck drifts onto the Mud Whale. A full list of the cast can be found at the end of this article.
The anime will be airing in October on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and BS11. While the series will also be available on Netflix Japan in October, it will be available worldwide sometime in 2018.
Furthermore, Vol.10 of the manga will come out on 15 September, as well as two other books, Hadashi de, Sora wo tsukamu you ni Umeda Abi Tanhenshuu and Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau Official Fanbook. The manga Children of the Whales is being serialized in Akita Shoten’s Monthly Mystery Bonita.
‘No matter if you are old or young, male or female, fan of the manga or not, I think the series will be something everybody can enjoy. As the original creator of this work, I would be happy if you could experience life in the sea of sand with Chakuro and Rikosu together, from in front of your television, even if some of the content might be a bit shocking.’
‘The series has a very unique atmosphere, so I was very nervous. I was trying to capture the trembling emotions of Chakuro, who is living on the Mud Whale. The atmosphere at the studio is very bright and after work, we always go out to drink.’
‘There are some things that are very young and seem cute just looking at them. To experience so many different changes in this kind of unstable times is an amazing kind of life, I think. As for the world, I really love how it is built in this series, with Chakuro and his goggles and all the decorations, as well as the story.’
‘It’s hard to say it with one word, but you will understand it when you see it. It’s a work that draws the viewers in, so please look forward do it!’
‘I was stiff from nervousness, but the people around me made me feel comfortable and now I am able to record in a very comfortable atmosphere. I have a lot to worry about, but I would get excited about the upcoming developments and the breaks are very quiet.’
‘The drawing in this series is very beautiful and the story is also one that will make your heart hurt. I think it is a wonderful work that will draw everybody in. Rikosu is a girl with very weak emotions and a very difficult character, but I concentrate on the impression I gained when I read the manga, where one could see the strength and gentleness deep inside her.’
‘It is a very beautiful story that you won’t be able to stop watching once you start, even if it gets cruel at times. At the recording of the first episode, Umeda met us and came to all those who play the main characters and told us to play them with a lot of love. I personally became a fan because I read the original. I will work for Ritsuko and this series with as much love as I can, so please look forward to it!’
Natsuki Hanae as Chakuro
Manakawa Iwami as Rikosu
Yuichiro Umehara as Oni
Nobunaga Shimasaki as Suo
Mikako Komatsu as Ginshu
Daiki Yamashita as Ryodari
Hiroshi Kamiya as Shuan
Original Creator: Abi Umeda
Director: Kyouhei Ishiguro
Series Composition: Michiko Yokote
Character Design: Haruko Iizuka
Background Art: Toshiharu Mizutani (Moon Flower)
Color Design: Miyuki Ishida
Director of Photography: Yoshio Ookochi
Editing: Masahiro Goto (REAL-T)
Sound Director: Jin Aketagawa
Music: Hiroaki Tsutsumi
Animation Production: J.C.STAFF