Adult Swim and Crunchyroll are revealing a special behind the scenes look at Fena: Pirate Princess, alongside a new trailer. Check out the trailer below.
It is great news to hear that Adult Swim is continuing to dive into the production side of anime. I hope they continue to produce and air anime for us anime fans in the U.S.
Fena: Pirate Princess is a Crunchyroll and Adult Swim original, and it follows the adventures of Fena Houtman as she is on the run from pirates and the English Navy. Fena must rely on a crew of Japanese samurai to unlock her family secrets…and an unimaginable treasure! The half-hour animated series is directed by Kazuto Nakazawa and Production I.G. serves as the animation studio.
Streaming now for Annecy badgeholders, Fena: Pirate Princess was selected as a Work in Progress series with a panel featuring director Kazuto Nakazawa and producer Rui Kuroki from studio Production I.G. During the panel, the pair shared their inspiration for the series, fun anecdotes from production, and presented behind the scenes art including a selection of backgrounds, character art and more. The panel is available for Annecy attendees through the end of June
Regarding the director’s inspiration, Nakazawa cites Shojo manga as a major influence, “It made me want to make an anime with a flavor of Shojo manga in it.” He also mentions that Fena: Pirate Princess has adventure and action “…but it is basically a love story.”
We are going to get a bit of everything from this series. And for those unfamiliar, Shojo manga refers to manga targeted for a young female readership. However, with all the action we got from the trailer, this may be a Shojo in the same sense that Inuyasha is a Shojo.
Characters and Voice Cast
Crunchyroll and Adult Swim are also introducing the main characters and Japanese voice cast:
Asami Seto voices the lead, Fena Houtman. Fena is a positive, cheerful orphan despite her traumatic past. She is known for her pale skin and glowing silver hair.
Ryota Suzuki plays the voice of Yukimaru. Yukimaru is the introverted, katana-wielding bodyguard of the Houtman family. He is extremely protective of Fena.
Takahiro Sakurai plays the voice of Shitan. This handsome, elite warrior can kill with his bow and arrow—or his looks. Though on the surface he seems aloof, he greatly values his friends.
Aoi Yuki plays the voice of Karin. Raised by a family of blacksmiths, Karin geeks out over technology like her rifle, which she uses to great effect in battle.
Gen Sato plays the voice of Enju. Enju is Kaede’s elder twin. They both use a spear and wakizashi in battle, they’re both friendly and mischievous, but Enju feels he’s more dependable than his younger brother.
Ryota Osaka plays the voice of Kaede. Kaede is Enju’s younger twin. He feels he’s more manly than his elder brother.
Jun Osuka plays the voice of Tsubaki. The oldest and most mature member of the group, Tsubaki manages everyone’s wild energy. He’s also the cook, but when he fights, he uses a short ninja sword.
Shintaro Tanaka plays the voice of Makaba. This mountain of a boy prefers fighting in close quarters with brass knuckles. When he’s not fighting, he’s kind-hearted and mild-mannered.
Manabu Muraji plays the voice of Salman. Salman is an older knight who was once called “Salman the Onslaught” for being so deadly with a spear. He’s known Fena since she was a girl as he served the Houtman family for some time.
Last but not least, Hiroaki Hirata plays the voice of Otto. Otto is another older knight who served the Houtman family and possessed an intimidating nickname in his younger days—”Otto the Blitz” for his quick swordplay.
The main staff for the series includes:
Original Story – Kazuto Nakazawa x Production I.G
Director – Kazuto Nakazawa
Screenplay – Asako Kuboyama
Music- Yuki Kajiura
Music Production – FlyingDog
Animation Production- Production I.G
Here is a detailed synopsis of Fena: Pirate Princess:
Fena Houtman remembers little about her childhood. Orphaned and raised as a servant in a brothel, her life changes when she escapes to an island of pirates where she discovers the truth behind her family. With Fena being the only one able to unlock her family’s secrets, and a formidable crew of female pirates on her tail, she must take her place as captain of her Samurai crew for a high seas adventure!
Lastly, Fena: Pirate Princess will simultaneously premiere dubbed in English on Adult Swim’s Toonami and stream subtitled on Crunchyroll later this summer. Look out for more news to come on this upcoming series.
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