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Anime Expo Special - US cast of Kyo K
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Publish-date-icon September 2, 2007
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Tony Blass interviews the US voice cast for the anime series of Kyo Kara Maoh! (今日からマ王!, Kyō Kara Maō!?) is a Japanese series of light novels written by Tomo Takabayashi, which have been adapted into an anime series released domestically by Geneon USA, a manga and a series of audio dramas. The anime series was produced by Studio Deen and aired across Japan on NHK and the anime television network, Animax, who also aired the series across its respective networks worldwide, including Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, and other regions. The series has been licensed for North American distribution by Geneon under the name Kyo Kara Maoh! - Our King From Now On! The story follows the adventures of 15-year old Yuri Shibuya as he discovers his future in a world where demons and humans are fighting against one another.

Though not explicitly shōnen-ai (boys love), the series is often mistaken for such because of its overtones (such as an early plot point that ends with two male characters becoming engaged), and calm acceptance of homosexuality in the setting, as well as because the cast is predominantly made up of good-looking young men.

This topic and others are explored in this fun and in-depth group interview with many of the cast members, including Yuri Lowenthal (voice of Yuri Shibuya), Mona Marshall (Wolfram, also known for her work as the voice of Kyle's mom on "South Park"), Doug Erholtz (Conrad), Jackson Daniels, (Gwendal), and Jack Lingo (Gunter). Also interviewed are director Steve Kramer and producer Yurika Araki-Dennis.

Thank you to Melissa Romley at Bender/Helper Impact for coordinating this interview; thanks also to Chase Wang of BAM! Marketing, Publicity & Promotions and Geneon Entertainment (USA) Inc.

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