While Funimation may be removing some of their simuldubs from the streaming service this season, other shows are just starting to get the simultaneous English dub treatment from the Sony-owned anime company. One of the many anime being streamed weekly this season by Funimation is Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story, the adaptation of the mobile phone game of the same name that serves as a spin-off to the iconic magical girl anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica. The new anime has been airing with English subtitles for a few weeks now on Funimation, but starting on February 8th at 4:00PM EST, the series will also be available with a full, weekly English dub.
The full revealed English cast for Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story includes:
- Kira Buckland as Iroha Tamaki
- Erika Harlacher as Yachiyo Nanami
- Cassandra Morris as Small Kyubey
- Erica Lindbeck as Momoko Togame
- Brianna Knickerbocker as Kaede Akino
- Erica Mendez as Rena Minami
- Faye Mata as Kuroe
Kira Buckland, voice of protagonist Iroha Tamaki, revealed that she was “absolutely thrilled” when she found out she was cast in the series. “I normally play a lot of ‘mean girl’ type characters which is really fun, but it was a nice change to play someone with a sweet and kind heart like Iroha. The recording has been absolutely wonderful so far — especially thanks to our fantastic director — and I am completely hooked on the story and the unique visuals!”
Harlacher, meanwhile, was thrilled to be cast as Yachiyo, initially hoping that would be the character she got cast as when she auditioned for the series. “Yachiyo is such a great character, I love her so much already and was secretly hoping during the audition process that if I was cast, it would be as her. I’m so happy to have the privilege of portraying her in this beautiful show.”
Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story premiered in Japan on January 4th, and is set to run for a total of 13 episodes. The series has already been streaming overseas via Funimation, Crunchyroll, and HIDIVE. Crunchyroll and HIDIVE, however, stream their episodes of the series on a one week delay, meaning Funimation has the latest episode of the series available each week as it airs. There was also an early screening of the anime at the Anime NYC convention on November 16th last year.
Legendary anime studio SHAFT is producing the anime adaptation of Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story, with Gekidan Inu Curry serving as chief director and series script supervisor. The duo previously worked on Doroinu, and were also the animators responsible for many of the nightmarish, puppet-like animations and battle scenes in the original Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime. The series director from the original anime, Yukihiro Miyamoto, also returns to serve as assistant director. The chief animation director from the first series, Junichiro Taniguchi, serves the same role on this new anime on top of being credited as the character designer. Other chief animation directors include Nobuhiro Sugiyama and Hiroki Yamamura. Sugiyama previously worked on Arakawa Under the Bridge and Monogatari Series Second Season, while Yamamura was previously on the staff for Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings and Fate/Extra Last Encore.
Takumi Ozawa is composing music for the series, and the trio TrySail are performing the opening theme song “Gomakashi” (Deception). The ending song, meanwhile, is performed by the duo ClariS and is titled “Alicia.” The director of the original anime, Akiyuki Simbo, is on staff for this series as an animation supervisor. The video game company responsible for the original Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story mobile game is also on staff to help collaborate on the series scripts.