Engage Kiss Comedy Anime Reveals Additional Cast & Staff, July 2 Debut, Halca's Opening Song, Square Enix Game App in First Video

On Sunday, A-1 Pictures' "totally unpredictable romantic comedy" television anime Engage Kiss released its first full promotional video and key visual in the form of a live-streamed event. The video introduces and previews Halca's opening theme song "Dare-Kare Scramble" (Everyone, Scramble), as well as a new cast member, additional crew members, and the anime's July 2 release date. The animation is part of Project Engage, and Aniplex revealed Square Enix's Engage Kill smartphone game.

At A-1 Pictures, Tomoya Tanaka (elDLIVE associate director, Visual Prison) is directing the anime. The world setting is overseen by Shunsaku Yano (Try Knights, Record of Grancrest War). Masaaki Takiyama (Fate/Extra Last Encore, Nyaruko: Crawling with Love!) is the principal animation director as well as the animation character designer. Chiaki Furuzumi (Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of the Underworld Part 2, Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic) is also the character designer and lead animator. The music is being composed by Yoshiaki Fujisawa (The Eccentric Family, GATE, Love Live! School idol project, Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation).

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

On Saturday, July 2nd, at 26:30, the anime will premiere on Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, BS11, Asahi Broadcasting Corporation TV, and Mtele stations (effectively, July 3 at 2:30 a.m.) The next live-streamed special for the anime will be on June 4.

The anime is set in Baylong City, an artificial island city established in the Pacific Ocean to exploit local natural resources. The anime centers on three characters. The first is Shū, who runs a small company, though his spending habits have left him constantly penniless. A girl named Kisara frequents 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 and former work colleague in a company 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).

As previously announced, 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, and Date A Live and Hyperdimension Neptunia illustrator Tsunako is designing the characters.


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