The official website of the anime adaptation of Kozue Amano’s Aria manga has revealed that the main cast of the Aira anime will be returning to voice in the recently announced Aria the Avvenire anime. The first promotional video for the anime was also streamed.
The main cast from previous anime seasons will be returning in Aria the Avvenire. The site has also revealed the first details and designs of the main cast of characters:
- Erino Hazuki (Riho Shihomi in Tamayura) returns to voice Akari Mizunashi
- Kaori Mizuhashi (Mami Tomoe from Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica) is back as Ai
- Sayaka Ohara (Erza Scarlet from Fairy Tail) voices Alicia Florence
- Chinami Nishimura (Kanna from Air) will once again voice Aria Pokoteng
- Chiwa Saito (Homura Akemi in Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica) as Aika S. Granzchesta
- Junko Minagawa (Ryoma Echizen in Prince of Tennis) is voicing Akira E. Ferrari
- Ryou Hirohashi (Kyou Fujibayashi in Clannad) will voice the role of Alice Carroll
- Tomoko Kawakami (Hikaru Shindou from Hikaru no Go), who passed away in 2011, voiced Athena Glory
The first promotional video for Aria the Avvenire was also streamed online:
The anime will be once again directed by Junichi Sato (Kaleido Star, Pretear, Sailor Moon), and will also feature the return of Reiko Yoshida (Tokyo Mew Mew, Bakuman.), who will handle scripts. The new animation’s format has not been specified, although the teaser website listed that an event screening of the anime will occur on September 26. The anime is being produced as part of the larger “Ao no Curtain Call” (Blue Curtain Call) project, which celebrates 10 years since the broadcast of the first Aria anime. “All television series” will also receive a Blu-ray Box release in Japan as part of the same project.
The first anime series, Aria the Animation, was animated at studio Hal Film Maker, and later inspired two more television series in 2006 and 2008, as well as an original video anime in 2007. All three series and the OVA starred Erino Hazuki as the protagonist Akari, Junko Minagawa (The Prince of Tennis‘ Ryoma, Shakugan no Shana III’s Khamsin) as Akira, Ryou Hirohashi (Kaleido Star‘s Sora, Working!!‘s Aoi) as Alice, Kaori Mizuhashi (Kaleido Star‘s Rosetta, The Fruit of Grisaia‘s Michiru) as Ai, and Chiwa Saito (Yona of the Dawn‘s Yona, Rosario + Vampire Capu2‘s Kokoa) as Aika, among others. Late voice actress Tomoko Kawakami (Shaman King‘s Pirika and Mina, Revolutionary Girl Utena‘s Utena) also starred in the anime as Athena.
Aria the Animation synopsis from MAL:
Drift peacefully into Neo Venezia, a city on the planet Aqua (formerly known as Mars). By the 24th century, humans have found a way to colonize the previously uninhabitable planet. As futuristic as that sounds, Neo Venezia is still teeming with rustic beauty; gondolas on wide canals and waterways are the main mode of transportation. The city itself is a faithful replication of Manhome’s (the planet formerly known as Earth) Venice.
To make sure that residents and tourists alike get the most from Neo Venezia’s many wonders, companies offering guided tours via gondola were formed, one of which is named Aria Company.
This is the workplace of Akari Mizunashi, a free spirited teenager from Manhome who is now a novice Undine (the title given to tour guides). Join Akari as she becomes intimately acquainted with other Undine, tourists, Neo Venezia’s residents, and even the city itself, learning many valuable life lessons along the way, such as the wonderful truth that there are such things as manmade miracles.
Aria the Avvenire will be shown at a special screening of the anime on September 26. Whether it will be a one-off special, film or TV series has yet to been revealed.