North American anime publisher Sentai Filmworks have also acquired the rights to Chika -The Coffin Princess-, also known by its Japanese title Hitsugihime no Chaika (棺姫のチャイカ). Airing last season in Japan, this anime series is based on the light novel series by Ichirou Sakaki.
This fantasy action-adventure series features direction by Soichi Masui (Scrapped Princess, RahXephon) with series composition by Toko Machida (Allison & Lillia, Lucky Star), character design by Nobuhiro Arai (From the New World, Waiting in the Summer) and animation production by BONES (Captain Earth, No. 6).
As always, the series will be available through digital distribution first, followed by home video release at an unspecified date in the future. A second season is also in the works for release later on in the year.
The horrors of war still haunt 20-year-old retired soldier Toru Acura. Disillusioned and unemployed, Toru spends his days loafing around without purpose, and struggles to adjust to a life without combat. However, his younger sister, Akari, is fed up with being the sole breadwinner, and this time she’s dead serious. Faced with the ultimatum of finding a source of income or meeting the business end of Akari’s spiked hammer, Toru is reluctantly forced out of the house to find a either a job or a gravesite. Instead, Toru runs smack dab into the mysterious Chaika Trabant, a 14-year-old girl from a faraway land with interesting taste in accessories. On her back is a massive coffin almost as large as the secret she carries, and although she may be small this girl packs a big punch. For Chaika is not just a stray traveler- she’s a sniper rifle-toting sorceress who’s a hell of a shot! Their chance encounter sets forth a series of events that will not only force them to confront their pasts, but will forever change their futures in COFFIN PRINCESS CHAIKA!