Schwarzesmarken TV Anime's Promo Video Introduces Cast

The official website for the upcoming television anime of the Muv-Luv Alternative spinoff novel Schwarzesmarken began streaming a character promotional video on Thursday. The video introduces the anime's main cast.

The anime's cast — who are reprising their roles from the PC games — includes:

Kenichi Suzumura as Theodor EberbachMinami Tanaka as Katia WaldheimNozomi Yamamoto as Irisdina BernhardYoshino Nanjō as Lise HohensteinKiyono Yasuno as Gretel JeckelnChika Anzai as Anett HosenfeldEmiri Katō as Pham Thi-RangMichiyo Murase as Sylvia KschessinskaKenta Miyake as Walther KrügerYukari Tamura as Beatrix BrehmerKen Narita as Heinze AxmannManami Numakura as Circe Steinhoff

The novel's story focuses on the 666th in 1983, 18 years before the events of the earlier serialized novel Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse. Both novels are spinoffs of Age's 2006 visual novel software Muv-Luv Alternative.

Tetsuya Watanabe (Strain: Strategic Armored Infantry, Zone of the Enders, Rumbling Hearts) is directing the series at Ixtl and LIDEN FILMS. Tatsuto Higuchi (CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon, Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman) is handling the series composition, Shuichi Hara (Alice in the Country of Hearts: Wonderful Wonder World ) is adapting CARNELIAN's original character designs, Satoshi Motoyama is serving as sound director, Evan Call is the music producer, and Elements Garden is in charge of the music. Sanzigen is handling the show's 3DCGI.

fripSide is performing the anime's opening theme song "white forces." Nozomi Yamamoto and Minami Tanaka are performing the ending theme song.

fripSide also performed the theme song "1983-Schwarzesmarken-" for the Schwarzesmarken: Kōketsu no Monshō (Schwarzesmarken: Crest of Red Blood) PC game that the company Age debuted on November 27.

Hiroki Uchida wrote the novel's scenario, and CARNELIAN designed the characters and provided illustrations. Age's Hirohiko Yoshida is credited as the original creator. The novel ran for 41 chapters from 2011 to 2014 and was compiled into seven volumes. The novel was succeeded by the Schwarzesmarken Requiem light novel series by the same author and artist.

The novels have two PC games, titled Schwarzesmarken Kōketsu no Monshō (Crest of Red Blood) and Schwarzesmarken Junkyōsha-tachi (Martyrs, this is a tentative title). Schwarzesmarken Kōketsu no Monshō shipped in Japan on November 27, and Schwarzesmarken Junkyōsha-tachi is slated for winter.

The Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse anime premiered in Japan in 2012 from Ixtl and Satelight. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired, and Sentai Filmworks released the series on home video.