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Annecy: ‘Fena: Pirate Princess’ Sets Sail for Crunchyroll & Adult Swim with WIP Reveals

Fena: Pirate Princess
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Annecy: ‘Fena: Pirate Princess’ Sets Sail for Crunchyroll & Adult Swim with WIP Reveals

Adult Swim and Crunchyroll revealed a special behind-the-scenes look at Fena: Pirate Princess, alongside a new trailer and never before seen production art, in their streaming presentation for the Annecy Festival’s Work in Progress series. The panel, featuring director Kazuto Nakazawa and producer Rui Kuroki from Production I.G is available for Annecy attendees through the end of June.

During the session, 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.

Fena: Pirate Princess, background art

Fena: Pirate Princess, background art

Fena: Pirate Princess, background art

Fena: Pirate Princess, background art

Nakazawa cited shojo manga as a major influence in creating the new series: “It made me want to make an anime with a flavor of Shojo manga in it.” He also mentioned that Fena: Pirate Princess has adventure and action, “but it is basically a love story.”

Fena: Pirate Princess, a half-hour Crunchyroll and Adult Swim original series, follows the adventures of Fena Houtman as she is on the run from pirates and the English Navy and must rely on a crew of Japanese samurai to unlock her family secrets … and an unimaginable treasure!

Fena expression sheet

Fena expression sheet

Fena character designs

Fena character designs

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!

Crunchyroll and Adult Swim are also introducing the main characters and Japanese voice cast:

Fena: Pirate Princess

Fena: Pirate Princess (Fena Houtman)

Fena Houtman will be voiced by Asami Seto: A positive, cheerful orphan despite her traumatic past. Known for her pale skin and glowing silver hair.

Fena: Pirate Princess

Fena: Pirate Princess (Yukimaru)

Yukimaru will be voiced by Ryota Suzuki: The introverted, katana-wielding bodyguard of the Houtman family. He is extremely protective of Fena.

Fena: Pirate Princess

Fena: Pirate Princess (Shitan)

Shitan will be voiced by Takahiro Sakurai: 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.

Fena: Pirate Princess

Fena: Pirate Princess (Karin)

Karin will be voiced by Aoi Yuki: Raised by a family of blacksmiths, Karin geeks out over technology like her rifle, which she uses to great effect in battle.

Fena: Pirate Princess

Fena: Pirate Princess (Enju)

Enju will be voiced by Gen Sato: 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.

Fena: Pirate Princess

Fena: Pirate Princess (Kaede)

Kaede will be voiced by Ryota Osaka: Enju’s younger twin. They both use a spear and wakizashi in battle, they’re both friendly and mischievous, but Kaede feels he’s more manly than his elder brother.

Fena: Pirate Princess

Fena: Pirate Princess (Tsubaki)

Tsubaki will be voiced by Jun Osuka: The oldest and most mature member of the group, he manages everyone’s wild energy. He’s also the cook, but when he fights, he uses a short ninja sword.

Fena: Pirate Princess

Fena: Pirate Princess (Makaba)

Makaba will be voiced by Shintaro Tanaka: 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.

Fena: Pirate Princess

Fena: Pirate Princess (Salman)

Salman will be voiced by Manabu Muraji: 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.

Fena: Pirate Princess

Fena: Pirate Princess (Otto)

Otto will be voiced by Hiroaki Hirata: Another older knight who served the Houtman family and possessed an intimidating nickname in his younger days — “Otto the Blitz” for his quick swordplay.

Nakazawa directs from a screenplay by Asako Kuboyama, based on an original story conceived by Nakazawa and Production I.G, which is producing the animation. The series will feature music by Yuki Kajiura, with FlyingDog handling music production.

Fena: Pirate Princess will simultaneously premiere dubbed in English on Adult Swim’s Toonami and stream subtitled on Crunchyroll later this summer.

Fena: Pirate Princess, background art

Fena: Pirate Princess, background art

Fena character sketches

Fena character sketches

All artwork © Kazuto Nakazawa / Production I.G; © Ellation, LLC; ADULT SWIM ™ & © Cartoon Network. Images provided by Crunchyroll.

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