A bunch of new anime are beginning to premiere this week, as part of the latest spring anime season. Sure, a few major titles like Oregairu My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU and Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- have been delayed due to the ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. Still, plenty of great anime is airing as scheduled, including promising new music-fueled action series Listeners. Funimation is distributing the anime globally, and plans to have it available with both Japanese and English audio. We already know the full cast of Japanese voice actors working on the project, but a new announcement reveals some of the English voices we’ll be able to hear in the dub of the new series.
Announced via the Funimation blog, the following English voice actors have been confirmed to be part of the English dub for Listeners:
- Justin Briner as Echo Rec
- Bryn Apprill as μ
- Lee George as Jimi
- Morgan Lauré as Swell
- Mark Stoddard as McGee
- Mikaela Krantz as Ein
They are joined by English dub director Cris George and ADR scriptwriter Jarrod Greene.
Listeners is described on the official website for the original anime as a “great adolescent symphony” set in a world where the concept of music doesn’t exist at all. The story follows a lonely boy who ends up meeting a mysterious girl named Myuu. The boy soon discovers that Myuu has an empty audio input jack on her body, and the chance encounter between the two of them soon sparks an unforgettable adventure in which they trace the boundaries and origins of the forgotten history of rock music.
The anime itself is being produced by iconic anime studio MAPPA, who also produced anime such as Zombie Land Saga, Sarazanmai, Banana Fish, and Kids on the Slope, as well as the currently airing series Uchitama?! Have you seen my Tama? and Dororo. Hiroaki Ando is directing the new anime at MAPPA, having previously worked on Gambo, Tweeny Witches, and the Ajin franchise. While pomodorosa is credited as the original character designer for Listeners (and also illustrated the recently revealed poster visual for the anime), Shinpei Kamada is responsible for adapting those original character designs for animation. Kamada will be assisted by Hatsue Koizumi and Shuuji Takahara, who are both credited as sub-character designers and chief animation directors. Artist L!th!um is credited as the composer for the anime.