As previously reported, SM Cinema has posted on their website last April the key visual for the first movie adaptation of Arepeggio of Blue Steel, which was included on their “Coming Soon” list.
Anime Pilipinas has learned that Arpeggio of Blue Steel -Ars Nova DC- movie will be released on Wednesday, May 27, in selected SM Cinema branches.
No word on which branches will carry the anime movie at this time.
In the year 2039, humanity has retreated to what little land remains after global warming causes sea levels to rise, but the appearance of mysterious warships known as the Fleet of Fog causes a worldwide blockade, bringing trade and communications to a standstill. It is up to Chihaya Gunzou and his ship Iona to try and turn the tide, but will they be able to overcome these formidable enemies? (Synopsis from ANIMAX Asia)
Arpeggio of Blue Steel, also known as Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio (蒼き鋼のアルペジオ), is a Japanese manga series produced by Ark Performance. It is being serialized by Shonen Gahosha on Young King OURs magazine since September 2009, and currently has nine (9) volumes.
The series now has a television anime adaptation, which was previously aired on ANIMAX Asia last August, as well as two (2) anime movies.
The first movie, titled Arpeggio of Blue Steel -Ars Nova DC-, premiered in Japanese theaters last January 31, is a compilation of the TV anime series with additional scenes. The second movie, titled Arpeggio of Blue Steel -Ars Nova Cadenza-, will have a brand new story and is set to be released in Japan this October.
Director Seiji Kishi, Scriptwriter Makoto Uezu and Character designer Kazuaki Morita, who worked on the romantic-comedy anime My Bride is a Mermaid, also worked on the television and movie adaptations.
The Japanese voice cast are lead by Kazuyuki Okitsu (Masaomi, Brothers Conflict) as Gunzo Chihaya, Mai Fuchigami (Kaede Ikeno, Sakura Trick) as Iona, and Manami Numakura (Arata Kohata, Black Rock Shooter) as Takao.