The second live-streamed special for A-1 Pictures‘ “completely unpredictable romantic comedy” television anime Engage Kiss unveiled the anime’s second full promotional video, second key visual, more cast members, and a manga adaptation on Saturday. The video announces and previews Akari Nanawo‘s ending theme song “Renai-Nō” (Love-Brain).


The newly announced cast members are:

Akeno Watanabe as Akino Yugiri, Ayano’s mother and the president of AAA Defender Co., Baylong City’s largest private military company

Kenichirō Matsuda as Miles Morgan, a veteran of Baylong City Police’s special crimes unit (the “demon-eradicating unit”)

Yoshiaki Hasegawa as Tetsuya Mikami, a detective in Baylong City Police’s special crimes unit (the “demon-eradicating unit”)

Aya Uchida as Shenhua Hachisuka, the oldest daughter of Baylong City’s mayor

Saori Ōnishi as Linhua Hachisuka, the second-oldest daughter of Baylong City’s mayor

Ryota Ohsaka as Mihail Hachisuka, the son of Baylong City’s mayor

Itachi will launch a manga adaptation in the Manga Up! application on July 2:

The anime is part of Project Engage, and Aniplex previously announced the project’s Engage Kill smartphone game by Square Enix. The game will begin registering players this summer. Character designer Tsunako drew an advance preview version of the game’s key visual:

The anime is set in Baylong City, an artificial island city established, outside of any country’s jurisdiction, in the Pacific Ocean to exploit local natural resources. In particular, the mining of the new energy resource orgonium has resulted in an outbreak of “D disasters” by demons in the city. Private military companies (PMCs) are tasked with dealing with these incidents.

The protagonist Shū runs a small PMC, though his spending habits have left him constantly penniless. A demon girl named Kisara does contract work at Shū’s office and is constantly worried for him. Kisara attends a high school in Baylong City, and does everything from clerical work to household chores with confidence. Meanwhile, Ayano is Shū’s ex-girlfriend, an elite agent, and a former work colleague in a major PMC that Shū used to work for.

The anime stars Sōma Saitō as Shu Ogata (right in visual above), Saya Aizawa as Kisara (center), and Lynn as Ayano Yugiri (left).

Rumi Okubo plays the character Sharon Holygrail:

Tomoya Tanaka (ēlDLIVE assistant director, Visual Prison) is directing the anime at A-1 Pictures. Fumiaki Maruto, best known for the Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata light novels and the White Album 2 visual novels, is both writing and supervising the scripts for the anime. Date A Live and Hyperdimension Neptunia illustrator Tsunako is designing the characters.

Shunsaku Yano (Try Knights, Record of Grancrest War) is in charge of the world setting. Masaaki Takiyama (Fate/Extra Last Encore, Nyaruko: Crawling with Love!) is serving as both animation character designer and chief animation director. Chiaki Furuzumi (Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld Part 2, Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic) is also the sub-character designer and chief animation director. Yoshiaki Fujisawa (The Eccentric Family, GATE, Love Live! School idol project, Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation) is composing the music.

The other staff members include:

  • Original Demon Design: Megumi Katagiri
  • Animation Demon Desgin: Shinpei Wada
  • Weapons Design: Kenji Teraoka
  • Action Choreography: Yoshihiro Kanno
  • Action Director: Hirokatsu Maruyama
  • Art Director: Nobuhisa Ogiso
  • Background Art: Kusanagi
  • Color Key Artist: Nanako Okazaki
  • Compositing Director of Photography: Yohei Miyawaki
  • Editing: Kumiko Sakamoto
  • Sound Director: Takeshi Takadera

The artist halca is performing the opening theme song “Dare-Kare Scramble” (Everyone, Scramble).

The anime wil premiere on the Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, BS11, Asahi Broadcasting Corporation TV, and Mētele channels on Saturday, July 2 at 26:30 (effectively, July 3 at 2:30 a.m.) The cast will appear in an advance screening of the first two episodes at Tokyo’s Shinjuku Wald 9 theater on June 22.

Square Enix is producing the Engage Kill smartphone game, which will feature the heroine Chloe Tan. Arisa Kōri voices Chloe:

Source: Comic Natalie