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‘SHIKIZAKURA’ World Premiere Set To Stream During Anime Expo Lite 2021


Anime Expo Lite 2021 is set to exclusively host the world premiere episode of ‘Shikizakura’ in a special livestream event this Saturday July 4th at 5:15 PM PST/8:15 PM EST. The event will also feature a performance by J-Pop singer, May’n and remarks, and a special Q&A session with series director Go Kurosaki, and vocal artists Miho Mashiro and Yudai Noda. This is a world premiere you do not want to miss as the premiere episode of Shikizakura will not be available on VOD due to streaming rights. Despite that, the Q&A session will be available for those who want to revisit it through July 16, 2021.

Co-produced by Chukyo TV and animation studio, Sublimation, SHIKIZAKURA is the first anime series to be created in Japan’s central Tokai Region. The adventure series also features Caitlin Macatee, the winner of the voice acting audition held at Anime Expo 2019. Sublimation is renowned for its CG animation work on titles such as Dragon’s Dogma, the Love Live series, and PSYCHO-PASS. 

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SHIKIZAKURA Series Synopsis 

In the place of Shikizakura (cherry trees), where autumn leaves and cherry blossoms are flourishing and where the human world intersects with the demon world, a ritual to save the human world is about to begin… Kakeru Miwa, a high school student, gets involved in a battle between powered suits and oni that emerge from the demon world to prey on Onis manifest themselves in this world by possessing humans. Only “Yoroi,” powered suit that is a fusion of ancient secrets and cutting-edge technology, can protect people from onis. Kakeru puts on a Yoroi by chance and becomes a semi-official member of a team that fights against onis. 

Determined to become a hero, Kakeru battles Onis to protect Ouka Myojin, the shrine maiden destined to save the world. In the season of Shikizakura, in midst of autumn leaves and a flurry of cherry petals, Ouka performs a dance as a shrine maiden. At the place where the past and the future, this world and the alien world, people’s thoughts and hopes all meet, a tale of heroic action-adventure begins! Season 1 of the series will premiere on Japanese TV in October.

Learn more about Shikizakura at or on Twitter @ShikizakuraA and YouTube.

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