Vampire Cosmonaut Anime Tsuki to Laika to Nosferatu Reveals New Cast and October Airing

On Thursday, the official Twitter account for Keisuke Makino and Karei's Tsuki to Laika to Nosferatu (The Moon, Laika, and Nosferatu) light novel series unveiled the anime's additional cast and staff members, theme song information, October premiere, new key visual, and character designs.

New cast members:

  • Takaya Hashi as Slava Korovin
  • Masaki Terasoma as Lieutenant Victor
  • Kikuko Inoue as Natalia
  • Kenichi Ogata as Fjodor Gergiev
  • M.A.O as Lyudmila Halrova
  • Hiroki Touchi as Narrator
Taiji Kawaguchi is the assistant director. The art director is Akihiro Hirasawa, and the prop designers are Goichi Iwahata, Noritaka Suzuki, and Arvo-Design. The colour key artist is Aiko Matsuyama. The compositing director of photography is Hideki Imaizumi, and the editor is Kiyoshi Hirose. The music is composed by Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger, Xenogears, Black Butler: Book of Circus, Inazuma Eleven). Takatoshi Hamano is the sound director, and Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger, Xenogears, Black Butler: Book of Circus, Inazuma Eleven) is the sound director.

The opening theme song "Hi no Tsuki" (Scarlet Moon) is performed by the rock band Ali Project, and the ending theme song "Arifureta Itsuka" is performed by a singer-songwriter (Everyday Someday).

Set in a fictional world, 10 years after a long war divided the world into two superpowers: the Union of Zirnitra Republics in the east, and the United Kingdom of Arnak in the west. Both of these superpowers now test their ambitions against each other in a space race. In 1960, the Union's Premier Gergiev announces the Mechtat Program, a prestigious plan to launch manned missions into the final frontier. To this end, the Republic establishes the isolated city of Laika 44, where cosmonaut candidates compete for planned manned missions to space, and scientists develop the technology to make it happen, all in an environment of secrecy.

The story centers on Lev Leps, a backup astronaut candidate, and his new companion, the vampire Irina Ruminescu. As part of a daring new Operation Nosferatu, the Mechtat Program will use Irina as a test subject for various conditions expected in space, and ultimately as part of a manned mission, with Lev overseeing Irina's training as a cosmonaut. For reasons of their own, both dream of going into space.

Shogakukan's Gagaga Bunko light novel imprint first published the novel series in December 2016, and the sixth volume was released in March 2018. Sojihogu debuted a manga adaptation of the novels on Kodansha's Comic Days website in March 2018, but it was put on indefinite hold in January 2019 due to Sojihogu's deteriorating health. It has yet to resume. In November 2018, Kodansha released the first compiled book volume of the manga.

Sources: Tsuki to Laika to Nosferatu anime's Twitter account, Comic Natalie, Anime News Network


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