We’re officially one day away from the Arknights: Prelude to Dawn anime premiere. The series will be available on the Crunchyroll streaming platform starting October 28th, 2022.
With the anime adaptation about to air, a new trailer was released on Twitter, giving fans one last taste of what they can expect. Along with plenty of drama and action, several new voice actors taking on previously uncast roles could be heard.
It seems things are coming together for this mobile game turned TV series. Handling the production is Yostar Pictures, who has worked on series such as Do it Yourself. The opening song, “Alive”, by ReoNa was also revealed in a previous trailer for the upcoming anime.
What new voice actors were revealed in the trailer?
While the trailer gave fans a lot to look at, it also gave them a lot of new voices as well.
Joining the already deep cast includes:
- Sayaka Sembongi as Crownslayer
- Kohei Amasaki as Mephisto
- Shun Horie as Faust
- Maaya Sakamoto as Tululah
- Ayana Taketatsu as W
- Satsumi Matsuda as Misha
- Risae Matsuda as Skullshatterer
They join an already talented cast that includes:
- Yuki Kaida as Doctor
- Tomoyo Kurosawa as Amiya
- Atsumi Tanezaki as Doberman
- Takashi Matsuyama as Ace
- Ayane Sakura as Nearl
- Shizuka Ishigami as Ch’en
- Koichi Yamadera as Wei Yenwu
- Kiyono Yasuno as Hoshiguma
- Ai Kakuma as Franka
- Yui Ishikawa as Liskarm
- Manaka Iwami as Exusiai
- Azusa Tadokoro as Texas
- Risa Taneda as Meteorite
- Yoko Hikasa as Kal’tsit
- Momo Asakura as Medic
- Chiaki Kobayashi as Guard
What is the Arknights: Prelude to Dawn anime based on?
If you’ve heard of Arknights before, you’re probably thinking of the mobile RPG game by Chinese Developer, Hypergryph.
The game, which debuted in China back in 2019, is available for download on both iOS and Android platforms. It is considered to be one of the more popular gacha games available. These are video games that take after the concept of toy vending machines and encourage users to spend in-game currency on enhancements like special items or characters. The catch is that usually, like vending machines, these enhancements are completely random.
Still, the game has gotten plenty of praise and accolades for its ever-evolving artwork and well-thought-out lore. Having found quite a bit of success as a game, getting an anime only seems natural. This feels especially true after the success of the recent Cyberpunk: Edgerunners anime series.
What is the Arknights franchise about?
If you’ve never played the game, you’re probably unfamiliar with the premise of the franchise.
Set in a post-apocalyptic future on a planet called Terra, some people exhibit animal-like characteristics called kemonomimi features. However, the planet is plagued by natural disasters. Left behind by these disasters is a mineral called originium, which causes a disease called oripathy after long exposure.
While oripathy is considered a terminal disease, it does give those affected the ability to use “Arts”, otherwise known as magic. However, these powers only lead to further prosecution.
In the game, players take on the role of the “Doctor” who commands a team of “operators” in a pharmaceutical, medical, and self-defense organization known as Rhode Island. They search for a cure, while simultaneously defending themselves from the government.
It is said that the series will adapt the Act Initium: Hour of an Awakening story arc from the game, which is essentially the beginning of the game.