Ocean Productions behind Kiznaiver English dub

Crunchyroll and Aniplex of America have announced a North American home video release for last year’s Kiznaiver anime series. The release will feature an English dub created by Vancouver’s Ocean Productions, with voice actors from both their local talent pool as well as Alberta’s. The dub was directed by Karl Willems with an English script written by Mark Macdonald.

The story is set in Sugomori-city, built in a reclaimed land, which was once prosperous as a futuristic city. Katsuhira Agata, a high school boy who is living in the city, has a strange body which can feel no pain at all and he doesn’t know why. Before summer vacation, by the guidance of a mysterious girl named Noriko Sonozaki, he is chosen as a member of “Kiznaiver,” a group of people who share pain. Then he finds his classmates who are also connected as “Kiznaiver,” however, they originally belong to different groups that never got along.

Sonozaki says, “This is an experiment to guide the world filled with wars to peace.” Following her words, they have to face various trials.

One summer story of boys and girls who have to share each other’s wounds begins.

The English cast is as follows:

  • Katsuhira Agata: Rylan Strachan
  • Noriko Sonozaki: Natasha Strickey
  • Chidori Takashiro: Caitlynne Medrek
  • Hajime Tenga: Lucas Gilbertson
  • Tsugihito Yuta: Scott Roberts
  • Honoka Maki: Lori Bachynski
  • Nico Niyama: Katrina Salisbury
  • Yoshiharu Hisomu: Hans Wackershauser
  • Kazunao Yamada: Michael Adamthwaite
  • Mutsumi Urushibara: Jennifer Cameron

The 12 episode series was created by Studio Trigger, with directing duties by Hiroshi Kobayashi from a script written by Mari Okada (Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, The Anthem of the Heart). The show aired on Tokyo MX, among other Japanese TV channels, between April 9 and June 25, 2016. American anime streaming service Crunchyroll was on the production committee, alongside Aniplex who oversaw the creation of the series.

The Blu-Ray set is scheduled to be released on December 26th. It’ll feature textless opening and ending credits, collectible cards and box illustration by Original Character Designer Shirow Miwa, and a case illustrated by Character Designer, Mai Yoneyama. It’s currently available for preorder on The Right Stuf and Crunchyroll’s websites. The MSRP is set at $150 USD, which as of this writing, is nearly $200 Canadian.

Crunchyroll previously commissioned Ocean to create an English dub for 2015’s Gintama anime series. While that series primarily starred voice actors from Vancouver, it appears this one will largely consist of Alberta actors. Kiznaiver is the first time Aniplex of America will debut a Canadian production, though given Crunchyroll’s involvement with the release, it might not be indicative of any future behaviour.

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