Sentai Filmworks announced on Thursday that it has licensed Visual Arts/Key‘s mixed media project Prima Doll. The company will stream the anime exclusively on HIDIVE worldwide excluding Asia as it airs in Japan. Sentai Filmworks will also release the anime on home video.
The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and MBS on July 8, on BS Asahi on July 10, and on AT-X on July 11.
The anime’s cast includes Azumi Waki as Haizakura, Tomori Kusunoki as Karasuba, Miyu Tomita as Gekka, Yuki Nakashima as Hо̄kiboshi, Akari Kitō as Retzel, Ayumu Murase as Nagi Tōma, Misaki Kuno as Chiyo, and Ayaka Suwa as Otome Okunomiya.
Tensho (Azur Lane, Rewrite) is directing the anime at Bibury Animation Studio. Tōya Okano and KAI are in charge of the screenplay and series composition. Akane Yano is designing the characters and is also the chief animation director. Na-Ga, Fuzichoco, Yui Hara, En Morikura, and lack are credited as the original character designers.
Chat Noir, a group comprised of the anime’s five main voice actresses as their characters, will perform the opening theme song “Tin Toy Melody,” as well as a song from the franchise titled “Yumesaki Hare Butai.”
The project centers on autonomous mechanical dolls, or automata. They work at Kuronekotei, a coffee shop that sits at the corner of the fifth district of the imperial capital. However, they were originally made as weapons for a great war that ended a few years ago. Now, they have been restored and dressed in shiny kimonos.
The franchise will have two different manga adaptations. The first is Prima Doll New Order (seen left below), which will run under Kadokawa‘s Dengeki G’s Comic manga label on the ComicWalker and Nico Nico Seiga websites. Yuriko Asami, who previously drew the Angel Beats!: Heaven’s Door and Angel Beats! -The Last Operation for Visual Arts/Key‘s Angel Beats! project, will draw the manga.
The second manga, Prima Doll ~Yōkoso Kuronekotei e~ (seen right), will run on the Comic Bushiroad web manga site. Daiko Toda will draw the manga.
Visual Arts/Key announced the project in October 2020. The project also includes figures by Kotobukiya, a short story serialization, and web novels.
Source: Sentai Filmworks