Sentai Filmworks Licenses Key’s Prima Doll Anime Series For Summer 2022

©VISUAL ARTS / Key / BAS Prima Doll Production Committee

Sentai Filmworks has announced that it has acquired home video and streaming rights for the upcoming Prima Doll anime series. The latest anime project from Key and Visual Arts will be streamed exclusively on their HIDIVE service worldwide, except for Asia, as part of their Summer 2022 anime schedule. 

Prima Doll is scheduled to premiere in Japan on July 8, 2022, with an early July 3 release on the streaming service ABEMA. The anime series was first confirmed to be in production this past January.  

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©VISUAL ARTS / Key / BAS Prima Doll Production Committee

The main voice cast includes Azumi Waki as Haizakura, Tomori Kusonoki as Karasuba, Miyu Tomita as Gekka, Yuki Nakashima as Houkiboshi, and Akari Kitou as Retzel. Additional cast members include Ayumu Murase as Nagi Toma, Misaki Kuno as Chiyo, and Ayaka Suwa as Otome Okunomiya. Chat Noir (consisting of the five main female voice actors) will be singing the anime’s opening theme “Tin Toy Melody.” 

The anime’s production staff includes Tenshou (Kin-iro Mosaic, The Fruit of Grisaia) as director, Okano (Kaginado scriptwriter) and Kai (Kaginado scriptwriter) as series composers and scriptwriters, and Akane Yano (Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki) as chief animation director and character designer. Serving as original character designers are Na-Ga, Fuzichoco, Yui Hara, En Morikura, and lack respectively. 

Other staff members include Makoto Ishiwata (Obsolete mechanical designer) as original mechanical designer and Miyake Masakazu (Sabikui Bisco) as art director. VISUAL ARTS and Key are credited with the original concept, while Bibury Animation Studios is handling the animation production. 

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©VISUAL ARTS / Key / BAS Prima Doll Production Committee

It was also announced that two manga series will be produced, based on the anime. They include Prima Doll: New Order, which will be written by Touya Okano and illustrated by Yuriko Asami, and will be serialized in Dengeki G‘s magazine. Another series titled Prima Doll: Youkoso Kuronekotei e~ from Daiko Toda will be serialized on Comic Bushiroad Web. 

Additionally, a drama CD is set to go on sale on November 30, 2022 with both regular and limited edition options available for purchase. 

Prima Doll is described by Sentai Filmworks as: 

Café “Kuronekotei” boasts an unusual roster of employees. A group of automata, or autonomous mechanical dolls, serve their patrons with a smile, but they weren’t always so suited to domestic life. Just a few years prior, automata served as weapons in the great war, fulfilling the bloody purpose for which they were created. Now that the war has ended, these machines with human hearts search for their place in an unfamiliar, peaceful world — and their search begins at the Kuronekotei café.

Source: Sentai Filmworks

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He also contributes work to the website Yatta Tachi. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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