P.A. Works is celebrating their anniversary in a huge way!

Earlier today, NicoNico hosted a live streaming program to promote Kuromukuro. A new two-minute promo video aired during the show, which offers new character, plot, and staff information.

According to the promo, Kuromukuro is set in the current year, at Tateyama Kurobe Gorge. Thanks to research on a mysterious relic, which was discovered during the construction of a new dam, robotic engineering leapt forward to unprecedented levels.

Kuromukuro Visual 001 - 20160208The teaser also confirms that Kuromukuro will hit Japanese TV in April. Networks Tokyo MX, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, and BS11 are confirmed to be carrying the show.

Kuromukuro is an original project by P.A. Works, which is being made to celebrate the studio’s 15th anniversary. Tensai Okamura (Blue Exorcist, Darker Than Black) was tapped to direct the project, which features character designs by Yuriko Ishii (A Lull in the Sea, Persona -trinity soul-) and mechanical designs by Tomoaki Okada. Ryou Higaki (Another) is taking charge of series composition, while the team of Ayumi Nishibata and Yuriko Ishii will serve as Chief Animation Directors.

Additional staff members are credited as follows:

  • Original Work: Snow Grouse
  • Art Director: Nobutaka Ike
  • Director of Photography: Yu Wakabayashi
  • Color Key Artist: Nobuko Mizuta
  • 3D CGI Director: Kōsuke Haruta
  • 3D Animator: Motonari Ichikawa.
  • Editor: Ayumu Takahashi
  • Sound Director: Kazuhiro Wakabayashi
  • Music: Hiroaki Tsutsumi
  • Music Production: Pony Canyon
  • Producer: Infinite

Kuromukuro Visual 002 - 20160208The confirmed cast includes:

  • Yukina Shirahane: M.A.O
  • Sophie Noelle: Reina Ueda
  • Kennosuke Tokisada Ōma: Yōhei Azakami
  • Mika Ogino: Asami Seto
  • Liu Shen Mi: Hikaru Ueda
  • Hiromi Shirahane: Kanako Toujô
  • Marina Unami: Manami Sugihira
  • Koharu Shirahane: Momo Asakura
  • Tom Borden: Ryohei Kimura
  • José Carlos Takasuka: Shunsuke Takeuchi
  • Sebastian: Taiten Kusunoki
  • Jundai Kayahara: Yūsuke Kobayashi
  • Ryōto Akagi: Kaito Ishikawa

A 30-second promotional video, as well a trio of key visuals and several character visuals were released. You can check these out below.

Promo Video

Character Visuals

Key Visuals

Source: Otakomu