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Earlier today, Sentai Filmworks unveiled their English dub cast for Chihayafuru. The series will star the following:

  • Chihaya: Luci Christian
  • Taichi: Adam Gibbs
  • Arata: Blake Shepard
  • Miyauchi: Vicki Barosh
  • O.Igarashi: Javier Lopez
  • Chitose: Carli Mosier
  • Michiru: Melissa Molano
  • Mari: Katelyn Barr
  • Chieko: Rachel Landon
  • Reiko: Allison Sumrall
  • Dr. Harada: James Belcher
  • Hiro: Kyle Jones
  • Yasuda: Andrew Love
  • Yuu: Natalie Rial
  • Wataya: Jay Hickman
  • Kanade: Juliet Simmons
  • Desktomu: Bryson Baugus
  • Porky: Greg Ayres
  • Kitano: Steve Finley
  • Rika: Tiffany Terrell
  • Sudo: Mike Yager
  • Sano: Stephanie Wittels
  • Amakasu: Brittney Karbowski
  • Mochida: Jack Ivy
  • Takuma: Scott Gibbs
  • Hiroshi: Benjamin McLaughlin
  • Ryugasaki: Johnny De La Cerda
  • Kenji: Chris Gibson
  • Shibata: Ned Gayle
  • Shinobu: Kira Vincent-Davis
  • Kuriyama: Ty Mahany
  • Sakura: Hllary Haag
  • Snowmaru: David Wald
  • Tsubaki: Stephanie Wittels
  • Ririka: Emily Neves
  • Murao: Adam Noble
  • Mochida: Jack Ivy
  • Yumi: Courtney Lomelo
  • Kyoko: Kaoru Bertrand
  • Daisuke: Rachel Landon
  • Watanabe: John Gremillion
  • Takemura: Scott Gibbs
  • Fukasaku: Kyle Jones
  • Yuta: Johnny De La Cerda
  • Kenta: Scott Gibbs
  • Ise: Jack Ivy
  • Young Chihaya: Luci Christian
  • Young Arata: Shannon Emerick
  • Young Taichi: Chelsea McCurdy
  • Young Porky: Greg Ayres
  • Young Hiroshi: Benjamin McLaughlin
  • Young Shinobu: Kira Vincent-Davis
  • Taichi’s Girlfriend: Shanae’a Moore
  • E-Chan: Rachel Landon
  • Ririka’s Mom: Stephanie Wittels
  • Anchor: David Wald
  • Anchor: John Gremillion

Shannon Reed is directing the adaptation, while Joey Goubeaud and Brittany Deans serve as Assistant Directors. The team of Javier Lopez, Kyle Colby Jones, and Joel McCray is writing the scripts.

Sentai also released a short dub teaser to promote the series. You can check it out below:

Sentai will release Chihayafuru on DVD and Blu-Ray on September 12. The series will be offered in both a standard and a Premium Collector’s edition, which includes art cards, a companion booklet, and a pair of karuta cards.

Chihayafuru is based on Yuki Suetsugu’s manga of the same name. The 50-episode series aired from the Fall 2011 broadcast season through Summer 2013. Morio Asaka (My Love Story!!) directed the title at Madhouse, with Kunihiko Hamada (My Love Story!!, Nana) providing character designs. Naoya Takayama (Supernatural: The Anime Series) was in charge of series composition on the project.

Sentai describes the series as:

Chihaya Ayase is a beautiful and headstrong young woman with a passion for karuta, a card game inspired by classical Japanese poetry. As a child, Chihaya was introduced to the game by a quiet, gifted transfer student named Arata, and she was instantly drawn to it. Now in high school and reunited with her childhood friend Taichi, Chihaya dreams of finding Arata and the three resuming their love of karuta, only to discover that Arata has quit the game due to personal reasons. Determined not to let Arata’s passion go to waste, Chihaya and Taichi form the Mizusawa High School Karuta Club, where they learn that in karuta – as in life – working toward your dreams is the key to winning, even when what you want seems just out of reach.

In North America, the Chihayafuru anime is currently streaming in its entirety on Crunchyroll.

In addition to the anime, Suetsugu’s Chihayafuru manga also inspired a pair of live-action films, which hit theaters earlier this year. A third film is currently in production.

Source: Sentai Filmworks