Anime: La storia della Arcana Famiglia (Nakamura Yuuichi, Sugita Tomokazu)
Mafia, fantasy otome PSP game gets anime adaptation!
Title: La storia della Arcana Famiglia アルカナ・ファミリア
Date: Summer 2012
Anime site: http://www.arcanafamiglia.com/
Game site: http://www.hunex.co.jp/arcana/
Summary (edited from ANN and blogiswar.net):
The story follows Arcana Famiglia, a self-appointed organization with mysterious powers that has protected “Gift”, a small Mediterranean island from pirates, foreign countries, and other threats.
The leader of the family is planning to retire and his only daughter, Felicitá, will be married to the next head of the family in two months. The successor will be decided in a tournament, called “Arcade Duello”.
The Famiglia Arcana uses the power of “Tarock” to protect the island, and only those with the power of the Major Arcana are entitled to participate in the tournament. Mysteries about the family that Felicitá wants to unravel will only be revealed to the winner and she too will take part in the tournament herself.
According to Wiki, the Major Arcana (greater secrets), or trump cards, consists of 22 cards: The Magician, The High Priestess, The Empress, The Emperor, The Hierophant, The Lovers, The Chariot, Strength, The Hermit, Wheel of Fortune, Justice, The Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, The Devil, The Tower, The Star, The Moon, The Sun, Judgement, The World and The Fool. In the game, the names of these cards were written in Italian.
The anime will premiere this summer with animation by J.C. Staff (works include Loveless and Uragiri wa Boku no Namae o Shitteiru). The anime will retain the cast from the original PSP game from HuneX (VitaminX Addiction) and tie-in drama CD project.
Very Important Point. Heroine does not seem like she will be an annoying character who needs to be rescued all/most the time but we’ll have to wait and see lol~
This game is marketed as Otome game x Shounen manga, so we can definitely expect some battle action in the anime. I’m not planning to play the game because I don’t have time but reviews about it are generally good. What’s great is that the seiyuu cast are awesome-licous! Almost all my favourites are in there, especially Yusa Kouji who sounds absolutely hot hot hot! :D There are voice samples and character information on the game site, do check them out! A couple of drama CDs were released for the game too:
Vol. 1: アルカナ・ファミリア capitolo 1 〜アーレ! ノヴィーツィア! 頑張れ新米幹部〜
Vol. 2 アルカナ・ファミリア capitolo 2 ～ビバ!マンジォーネ!万歳!食いしん坊!!～
Character relationship chart from the game site.
Cast (same as the game and drama cds)：
Noto Mamiko 能登麻美子 as Felicitá フェリチータ (剣の幹部)
Fukuyama Jun 福山潤 as Liberta リベルタ (謀報員)
Yonaga Tsubasa 代永翼 as Nova ノヴァ (神杯の幹部)
Yoshino Hiroyuki 吉野裕行 as Debito デビト (金貸の幹部)
Sugita Tomokazu 杉田智和 as Pace パーチェ (棍棒の幹部)
Nakamura Yuuichi 中村悠一 as Luca ルカ (主人公の従者)
Kosugi Juurouta 小杉十郎太 as Dante ダンテ (幹部長)
Yusa Kouji 遊佐浩二 as Jolly ジョーリィ (相談役)
Character design: Sara Chiyomi さらちよみ
Anime Production: J.C.STAFF
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