The official site for Studio Trigger (Kill la Kill, Ninja Slayer) has updated their current production of Kiznaiver with a visual key and character designs.
We do not know who will be voicing these Kiznaiver characters yet but we do have some clue on who the characters are:
Katsuhira Akata – Main male lead, who has lost his sense of pain and feelings. His mood is hard to fathom and he’s pretty anti-social to boot.
Noriko Sonosaki – A mysterious and pretty girl who has experienced kizuna (roughly translated as connection) with the hero and others. She gives missions to them and said to be even more emotionless than Katsuhira. She is also unable to empathize as well.
Hajime Tenga – A musclehead who often shoots first and ask questions later. He might be rude to people but displays leadership potential.
Tsugoto Yoshida – The good looking and smug high achiever who is adored by many girls at school. Selfish, calculative and cunning plus he doesn’t like competition from other males.
Honoka Maki – Matured, calm and a loner. Prone to be sharp with her words, hostile to people and anti-social.
Chidori Takashiro – A friend of Katsuhira and also a class monitor. She is very kind and helpful to others but some people regard her as too nosy. Might have feelings for the hero.
Niko Nakajima – Spontaneous and whimsical at the same time, saying that she can see fairies. She is an open book in her appearance and expression.
Yoshiharu Hisomu – A handsome, mysterious man with distinctive features. His multiple piercings and bandages makes him more noticeable.
Kiznaiver will be directed by Hiroshi Kobayashi (Kill la Kill, Kimi no Iru Machi) with Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphan‘s writer Mari Okada doing the script. Character designing is done by Mai Yoneyama (Kill la Kill, Black Rock Shooter).
The synopsis of Kiznaiver:
“Set in the fictional Japanese city of Sugomori City, one day Sonosaki tells her classmate Katsuhira: “You have been selected to be a Kiznaiver.” The Kizuna System, which allows Katsuhira to share his wounds, connects him to the classmates whose lives and personalities completely differ from his.
The Kizuna System is an incomplete system for the implementation of world peace that connects people through wounds. All those who are connected to this system are called Kiznaivers. When one Kiznaiver is wounded, the system divides and transmits the wound among the other Kiznaivers.
Sugomori City is built on reclaimed land. But as the years go by, the city’s population is decreasing. The story is set in this town where Katsuhira and the others live.”
During an interview, Mari Okada revealed that the keyword of the series is connection (kizuna) – the main title itself is a play on the Japanese word kizuna and English word naive. According to her, the title came first before she write anything else.
Expect a very dramatic and strong interpersonal relationship drama here which is a hallmark of Mari Okada’s style of storytelling. While the director is known for his knack of very close up action scenes too.