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Crunchyroll Adds Kiznaiver Manga


With the anime under their belt, this seemed like a natural next move.

Earlier today, Crunchyroll announced that they will publish Roji Karegishi’s Kiznaiver manga on the company’s digital platform. The first chapter launched at 8:00PM Eastern. New chapters will be added simultaneously with the Japanese publication.

Kiznaiver is the first work by Kadokawa to hit Crunchyroll’s Manga platform.

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Crunchyroll will also stream the Kiznaiver anime series on their digital platform, with the first episode hitting on April 9, at 11:30AM Eastern. The first two episodes will debut on March 27 at 5:30AM Eastern (2:30PM Pacific) at panels at Anime Boston and Sakura-Con. The first two episodes of the show will be presented, which will then be followed by a live panel with voice actors Yuuki Kaji and Hibiku Yamamura.

Kiznaiver is being directed by Hiroshi Kobayashi at studio Trigger. Mari Okada (Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans) will write the show’s script, while Mai Yoneyama (Hill Climb Girl) provides character designs. Yuuki Hayashi (Robotics;Notes, Blood Lad) will score the show’s soundtrack.

Boom Boom Satellites will perform the show’s opening, while Sangatsu no Phantasia performs the ending.

The confirmed voice cast includes:

  • Noriko Sonozaki: Hibiku Yamamura
  • Katsuhira Agata: Yuuki Kaji
  • Yoshiharu Hisomu: Kōtarō Nishiyama
  • Nico Niyama: Misaki Kuno
  • Tsuguhito Yuta: Nobunaga Shimazaki
  • Hajime Tenga: Tomoaki Maeno
  • Chidori Takashiro: Yuka Terasaki
  • Tsuguhito Yuta: Nobunaga Shimazaki
  • Honoka Maki: Rina Satou
  • Yoshiharu Hisomu: Kōtarō Nishiyama

Crunchyroll describes the show as follows:

A new project directed by Hiroshi Kobayashi, episode director and storyboard artist on KILL LA KILL and RAGE OF BAHAMUT: GENESIS, and written by Mari Okada, known for her portrayals of adolescence in many series such as ANOHANA: THE FLOWER WE SAW THAT DAY and THE ANTHEM OF THE HEART, with original character designs from manga artist Shirow Miwa.

A story about bonds created through wounds. A story about youth, of boys and girls sharing their “pain” starts now!!

Several character visuals have been released to promote the show, which you can check out below:

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