Anime Basics: Alice & Zoroku

Alice & Zoroku
Alice to Zouroku (JP)
Genre: Science Fiction
Season: Spring 2017
Premiere Date: April 3, 2017

Introduction

An emotional science fiction fantasy story about finding something precious once forgotten. This anime adapts the award-winning manga that won the 17th Japan Media Arts Festival’s New Face Award in 2013.

Story

So, this is a story about my beloved, irreplaceable family.

Up until that point, the girl didn’t know about the “outside world.” It was filled with things she had never touched, scenery she had never seen, and people she had never met… In the face of such a broad new world, she was surprised, wavered, and her eyes were opened on the impulse of curiosity.

The girl’s name: Sana. She was born and raised at a facility called the “Laboratory” without ever knowing anything about the outside world. This girl has the special power to materialize anything she imagined. Those with special powers like Sana were called “Alice’s Dreams.”

And so, in this new world on the outside, the girl met an elderly man. His name: Zoroku Kashimura. The elderly man was a stubborn one who hated “incorrect things” and would not budge from his opinion of “bad things are bad.” Sana’s meeting with Zoroku would greatly change her destiny.

The mysterious organization that is hunting Sana down, other Alice’s Dreams that appear one after another, and kind people that Sana encounters… By going through the looking glass, “Alice,” a girl who knows little to nothing about society, learns about the true form of the world.

…Yes. This is a story of when I was still freely able to go to the dream world.

Characters


Sana
Voice: Hitomi Owada

A girl who escaped from the place called the “Laboratory” because of her admiration for the outside world. She has the superpower to overwrite the laws of physics of anything around her at the will of her imagination. It might be because she holds this great power that she is quite selfish and naïve about the world. She meets Zoroku while on the run from a mysterious organization.


Zoroku Kashimura
Voice: Akio Otsuka

An elderly man with grey hair, thick eyebrows, and an expression that always makes it seem like he’s unhappy. A man of few words, Zoroku hates things that are incorrect or unjust. If you looked up “stubborn old man” in the dictionary, you’d probably find his picture right next to it.” He lives together with his granddaughter Sanae. His life changes when he calls out to Sana when he finds her in trouble in town.


Sanae Kashimura
Voice: Aki Toyosaki

Zoroku’s granddaughter who always has a smile on her face. She started living with her grandfather after her parents passed away when she was young. She’s a gentle, easy-going girl who is good at cooking.


Asahi Hinagiri
Voice: Natsumi Fujiwara

A girl who was kept at the same laboratory as Sana, and just like her, she is one of the Alice’s Dreams. Her power allows her to summon anything, as long as it has a chain attached to it. She’s the free spirit elder sister of the Hinagiri twins.


Yonaga Hinagiri
Voice: Akari Kito

The younger sister of the Hinagiri twins. Just like her elder sister Asahi, she’s one of the Alice’s Dreams that was kept at the laboratory. She has the ability to summon an arrow to shoot at will. The opposite of her unbridled sister, Yonaga is a cautious girl who often takes on a support role.


Shizuku Ichijo
Voice: Ami Koshimizu

A woman from the government’s Cabinet Intelligence Bureau Special Mobile Unit who supports Sana after she escapes to the outside world. Shizuku is an Alice’s Dream herself with a strong superpower. She apparently has an primary school teaching license.


“Minnie C.” Tachibana
Voice: Mamiko Noto

Real name: Miriam C. Tachibana. A former member of the American military, she gained the power to summon her husband Joe’s arms at any time after he passed. After discovering this power, she was invited to work at Kreis & Clark Japan. She loves Japan so much that she always wears a kimono.


Ryu Naito
Voice: Hochu Otsuka

An old acquaintance of Zoroku and Shizuku’s superior at the Cabinet Intelligence Bureau. He’s had his eye on the pharmaceutical company Kreis & Clark Japan for quite some time. He seems like a quite loose and easy-going man, but he is in fact quite capable.


Noriko Yamada
Voice: Yuki Hirose

A genius hacker who single-handedly created the system that can locate “Alice’s Dreams.” She did this because she loves Shizuku… perhaps even a bit too much. She was scouted by the Cabinet Intelligence Bureau for her impressive skills. Noriko often teams up with her beloved Shizuku.


Koichi Kito
Voice: Masaya Matsukaze

A staff who works at the Kreis & Clark Japan laboratory. He sheltered and researched Alice’s Dreams with the most irregular of superpowers, including Sana. After Sana escaped the lab, he took command of the force tracking her down.


Kureo
Voice: Shu Uchida

One of the Alice’s Dreams kept at the laboratory. A boy with a pessimistic air to him who has the power to materialize any inanimate object he draws.


Where to Watch

Crunchyroll (sub)
FUNimation
(dub)

Links

Official Website
Official Twitter

Staff

Original Creator: Tetsuya Imai (serialized in Tokuma Shoten’s Monthly Comic Ryu magazine)
Director: Katsushi Sakurabi
Series Composition: Fumihiko Takayama
Character Design: Kazunori Iwakura
Art Setting: Yoshinori Hirose
Art Director: Takumi Yanagihara
Color Setting: Kana Tanabe
Director of Photography: Yoshio Okouchi
Editing: Masahiro Goto (REAL-T)
Music: TO-MAS
Opening Theme Song: “Wonder Drive” by ORESAMA
Ending Theme Song: ”Chant” by toi toy toi (kotringo edition)
Sound Director: Yoshikazu Iwanami
Production: J.C.STAFF

Cast

Hitomi Owada as Sana
Akio Otsuka as Zoroku Kashimura
Aki Toyosaki as Sanae Kashimura
Natsumi Fujiwara as Asahi Hinagiri
Akari Kito as Yonaga Hinagiri
Ami Koshimizu as Shizuku Ichijo
Hochu Otsuka as Ryu Naito
Yuki Hirose as Noriko Yamada
Mamiko Noto as “Minnie C.” Tachibana
Masaya Matsukaze as Koichi Kito
Shu Uchida as Kureo

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