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Layton Mystery Detective Agency debuts in April

LIDEN FILMS’ upcoming adaptation of Level-5’s Layton’s Mystery Journey video game now has a release window. Fans can expect to see Katrielle “Kat” Layton solve mysteries in London sometime in April. The series will air on Fuji TV every Sunday at 8:30 AM.

More of the show’s staff has also been revealed. Joining the previously announced Akihiro Hino, Susumu Mitsunaka and Yoko Takada are migmi as assistant director, Takayuki Onoda as prop designer, Takahiro Mogi on color design, Takamasa Nakakuki as art director, Quun Plant on backgrounds, Tomohito Nishiura as the musical composer, Ryō Tanaka as the sound director, Tôhoku Shinsha on sound production, Yuusuke Inada on sound effects, Ayumi Okano as the director of photography, Graphinica on photography, Felix Film on 3D CGI, and editors Kiyoshi Hirose, Misaki Enokida.

Additionally, the Japanese voice cast for the series has been announced:

    • Kana Hanazawa as Katrielle
    • Juurouta Kosugi as Sherl
    • Kyousuke Ikeda as Noah Montoir
    • Youhei Tadano as Darjeeling Aspoirot

Fans may be a bit disappointed to find out that none of the game’s voice actors are expected to reprise their roles.

Actor and singer Tsubasa Imai will have his debut voice acting role as Simon Wright in the show’s first episode. Recently moving into a new home with his wife and two daughters, Wright turns to the Layton Mystery Detective Agency when they vanish.

Layton Mystery Detective Agency’s time slot is currently occupied by Monster Hunter Stories: Ride On, which may indicate that anime series will conclude after first debuting on October 2, 2016. Dragon Ball Super, which airs on Fuji TV at 9 AM, is concluding this March and will be replaced by a new GeGeGe no Kitaro series.

The series is being pushed as yet another one of Level-5’s cross-media franchise. A manga adaptation will be serialized in Shogakukan’s Ciao magazine concurrent to the broadcast in the spring. Japanese toy manufacturer Takara Tomy has signed on to produce “stylish goods” based on the series. Level-5 will continue to develop new video games linked to the Layton Mystery Journey series.

An episode count for the series has yet to be publicly announced, though an earlier report suggested it may run for 50 episodes.

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