Get your 3D Maneuver gear and blades ready, everyone. The hunt for Titans is back on!
Also, Hanji Approves (TM).
Earlier today, Funimation announced that they acquired the domestic rights to Attack on Titan‘s (Shingeki no Kyojin) second season. The series is currently slated for an April 2017 première.
Tetsuro Araki (Death Note, High School of the Dead), who directed the show’s first season, will serve as Chief Director on the project while Masashi Koizuka takes the director’s chair at Wit Studio. Kyoji Asano (Psycho-Pass) will return as character designer, while Yasuko Kobayashi (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Shakugan no Shana) reprises her duty in series composition. Hiroyuki Sawano will score the show’s soundtrack.
The remaining staff includes:
- Chief Animation Directors: Kyoji Asano, Satoshi Kadowaki, & Ayumi Yamada
- Assistant Director: Hiroyuki Tanaka
- Action Animation Director: Yasuyuki Ebara, Arifumi Imai, & Takuma Ebisu
- Art Setting: Yuuho Taniuchi
- Titan Setting: Takaaki Chiba
- Prop Design: Takuma Ebisu
- Color Key: Ken Hashimoto
- Art Director: Shunichiro Yoshihara
- 3DCG Director: Shigenori Hirozumi
- 3DCG Producer: Shuhei Yabuta
- Director of Photography: Kazuhiro Yamada
- Editing: Aya Hida
- Sound Director: Masafumi Mima
- Sound Effects: Shizuo Kurahashi
- Sound Production: Techno Sound
Much of the original voice cast is returning for the series, including:
- Eren: Yuuki Kaji
- Mikasa: Yui Ishikawa
- Armin: Marina Inoue
- Jean: Kishō Taniyama
- Annie: Yu Shimamura
- Sasha: Yu Kobayashi
- Christa: Shiori Mikami
- Conny: Hiro Shimono
- Reiner: Yoshimasa Hosoya
- Bertholt: Tomohisa Hashizume
- Ymir: Saki Fujita
- Levi: Hiroshi Kamiya
- Erwin: Daisuke Ono
- Hanji: Romi Park
- Hannes: Keiji Fujiwara
Attack on Titan is based on Hajime Isayama’s manga series of the same name. The show’s first season aired in the spring 2013 anime season, and spanned 25 episodes. Five OVAs, spinoff anime series Attack on Titan Junior High, two live-action films, and nine video games were produced following the show’s run.
The most recent title, Attack on Titan: Wings of Freedom, was published by Koei Tecmo and developed for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 by Omega Force (Dynasty Warriors). The game is due for release in western territories in August.
In the west, Attack on Titan was licensed by Funimation. The company released the title on DVD and Blu-Ray, in addition to streaming platforms Netflix, Hulu, and FunimationNow. The series aired on Adult Swim’s Toonami block in 2014.
Source: Funimation Blog