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Kouya no Kotobuki Hikoutai Anime Gets First Trailer, Cast, & Staff

It looks like these airborne rustlers are ready to scare up some action.

Earlier today, an official website for upcoming anime Kouya no Kotobuki Hikoutai (Kotobuki’s Wilderness Squadron, lit. Kotobuki Squadron in the Wilderness) opened its doors. The new site features the show’s main cast and crew, as well as a teaser trailer.

We break the details down below.


The 30-second promo flashes through shots of the show’s main characters at rest in a restaurant, before cutting to shots of them geared up and flying in fighter planes.


Tsutomu Mizushima (Girls und Panzer, Shirobako) will direct the project at studio GEMBA, with Shou Sugai providing character designs. Michiko Yokote (Princess Tutu, Genshiken) is in charge of series composition for the project.

Other confirmed crew members include:

  • Sound Director: Tsutomu Mizushima
  • Original Character Design: Hidari
  • Military Supervisor: Shigeyuki Ninomiya
  • Military Setting: Tetsuya Nakano
  • Military Setting: Hideyuki Kikuchi
  • Military Setting: Jiro Tokihama
  • Setting Cooperation: Seiichi Shirato
  • Assistant Director: Hiroyuki Kanbe
  • 3D Director: Hisashi Egawa
  • 3D Director: Ten Hirota
  • Technical Director: Keita Mizuhashi
  • Asset Director: Kentaro Kogusuri
  • Animation Supervisor: Yusaku Saotome
  • General Director: Tōko Nakamura
  • Screen Director: Shouta Ueno
  • Art Director: Kazuo Ogura
  • Art Setting: Nobuhito Sue
  • Art Setting: Sakura Ogawa
  • Color Design: Aiko Yamagami
  • Director of Photography: Kentaro Kashiwagi
  • Director of Photography: Takamasa Hatakeyama
  • Editor: Masato Yoshitake
  • Music: Shiroh Hamaguchi
  • Sound Effects: Yasumasa Koyama
  • Sound Mixer: Takayuki Yamaguchi
  • Production: Digital Frontier
  • Art Production: Wow World


The main voice cast includes:

  • Kirie: Sayumi Suzushiro
  • Emma: Eri Yukimura
  • Kate: Sayaka Nakaya
  • Leona: Asami Seto
  • Zara: Hibiku Yamamura
  • Chika: Miyu Tomita


Kouya no Kotobuki Hikoutai will hit Japanese TV in January 2019. A streaming event for the project will be held on September 21, at the Tokyo Game Show. The main voice cast will attend the event as guests.

The title will be a multimedia franchise, with both an anime TV series and smartphone games planned for release.

The first key visuals for the project were also revealed earlier tonight. The first visual features a character standing on a runway, her allies visible behind her as an orange sunset fills the sky.

Kouya no Kotobuki Hikoutai Anime Visual

The latter image features the cast relaxing in a restaurant over dinner and drinks.

Kouya no Kotobuki Hikoutai Anime Visual

Sources: Ota-suke, Comic Natalie

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