Arknights: Prelude To Dawn anime character designs, new cast members revealed by stunning art

Arknights: Prelude to Dawn key visual.
Arknights: Prelude to Dawn key visual. Pic credit: @ArknightsEN/Twitter

On October 14, 2022, the official Twitter account for the anime adaptation of Hypergryph’s Arkknights smartphone game revealed three new cast members for Arknights: Prelude to Dawn and seven new key visuals focusing on different characters.

Arknights: Prelude to Dawn anime is set to premiere on TV Tokyo on October 28, 2022. TV Osaka, BS11, and Animax will broadcast in Japan on October 29, 2022. Arknights: Prelude to Dawn has been announced as being “Season 1”, which means a second season is a possibility.

Who are the newly announced cast members?

Arknights: Prelude to Dawn newly announced cast members include:

  • Kouichi Yamadera – Wei Yenwu
  • Momo Asakura – Medic
  • Chiaki Kobayashi – Guard

Who are the previously announced cast members?

Arknights: Prelude to Dawn previously announced cast members include:

  • Yuki Kaida – Doctor
  • Tomoyo Kurosawa – Amiya
  • Atsumi Tanezaki – Dobermann
  • Ayane Sakura – Nearl
  • Shizuka Ishigami – Ch’en
  • Kiyono Yasuno – Hoshiguma
  • Ai Kakuma – Franka
  • Yui Ishikawa – Liskarm
  • Manaka Iwami – Exusiai
  • Azusa Tadokoro – Texas
  • Risa Taneda – Meteorite
  • Youko Hikasa – Kal’tsit
  • Takahashi Matsuyama – Ace (this character was unvoiced in the game)

Who are the production team members?

Arknights: Prelude to Dawn production team members include:

  • Director – Yuki Watanabe (Holy Knight Light first anniversary anime short, and other animated promo video shorts for the smartphone game)
  • Animation – Yostar Pictures
  • Assistant Director – Masataka Nishikawa (Holy Knight Light first anniversary anime short)
  • Character Designer – Aya Takafuji (Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia, SSSS. Gridman)

7 new visuals showcase characters and their factions

Character design for the Doctor.
Character design for the Doctor. Pic credit: @ArknightsEN/Twitter

The Doctor is a mysterious strategist from Rhodes Island, who commands the Rhodes Island Operators – a group trying to find a cure to Oripathy. They also help those who are infected with Oripathy that have gained the ability to use magic.

Character designs for Guard, Ace, and Medic.
Character designs for Guard, Ace, and Medic. Pic credit: @ArknightsEN/Twitter

Rhodes Island’s operators: Guard, Ace, and Medic, who are working to find a cure to Oripathy.

Character designs for Texas and Exusiai.
Character designs for Texas and Exusiai. Pic credit: @ArknightsEN/Twitter

Penguin Logistics’ couriers for hire: Texas and Exusiai.

Character designs for Wei Yenwu, Ch'en, and Hoshiguma.
Character designs for Wei Yenwu, Ch’en, and Hoshiguma. Pic credit: @ArknightsEN/Twitter

Wei Yenwu, who is a politician, and Ch’en and Hoshiguma from Lungmen, who are policemen. They work together against the terrorist organization known as the Reunion Movement, which is made up of infected Arts users.

Character designs for Kal'tsit and Amiya.
Character designs for Kal’tsit and Amiya. Pic credit: @ArknightsEN/Twitter

Medical head Kal’tsit and top executive Amiya from Rhodes Island, who seek to find a cure to Oripathy.

Character designs for Dobermann and Nearl.
Character designs for Dobermann and Nearl. Pic credit: @ArknightsEN/Twitter

Dobermann, who is an instructor, and operator Nearl from Rhodes Island, who seek to find a cure to Oripathy.

Character designs for Liskarm and Franka.
Character designs for Liskarm and Franka. Pic credit: @ArknightsEN/Twitter

Blacksteel company military contractors Liskarm and Franka.

What is the plot of Arknights?

The game is set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic world where people have “kemonomimi” features (animal characteristics or characteristics from mythological races). On the planet Terra its inhabitants are plagued by natural disasters, which leave behind a mineral called originium that infects people with a disease called oripathy. One of oripathy’s unusual side effects is that it enables people to be able to use magic, which they end up calling “Arts”.

The people infected with oripathy are shunned and persecuted due to their powers and the fact they are doomed to die. However, people continue to harvest the mineral originium due to the fact it yields high energy, making it a valuable resource. In an effort to protect themselves the infected form the Reunion movement – a militant group that begins to wage war against the corrupt, despotic government of planet Terra.

In the smartphone game, a player takes on the role of a masked and amnesiac “Doctor”. Doctor commands a team of “operators” – a pharmaceutical, medical, and self-defense organization that has its base of operations in Rhodes Island. These operators search for a cure to oripathy, but find themselves caught in the middle of the conflict between the Reunion, who don’t want to be cured, and the Terra government.

Where can I play the smartphone game?

In May 2019, the free-to-play tactical RPG/tower defense mobile game Arknights was released in China by developers Studio Montagne and Hypergryph. In January 2020, the game was launched worldwide by Yostar. Arknights can be played on Andorid and iOS platforms and features gacha game mechanics.

Since 2019 Arknights has inspired several animated promotion videos, including a 9-minute video titled Holy Knight Light, which marked the game’s first anniversary.

You can watch the short anime Holy Knight Light on Yostar’s official YouTube channel here:

Holy Knight Light anime short.

In March 2022, a spin-off game titled Arknights: Endfield was announced for PC and mobile devices.

Are you looking forward to the anime Arknights: Prelude to Dawn? What about the upcoming game Arknights: Endfield? Let us know in the comment section below!

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