A DYING LAND
The Shima Imperium is verging on the brink of environmental collapse; decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshippers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, land choked with toxic pollution, wildlife ravaged by mass extinctions.
AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST
The hunters of the imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger—a legendary beast, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows thunder tigers have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.
A SIXTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL
Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a hidden gift that would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.
But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.
Making the Grade couldn’t be more honored to have been asked to be part of the official tour for STORMDANCER, an amazing new steampunk novel by debut author and all round badass, Jay Kristoff.
When we were asked what we would like to contribute as part of the tour, instantly my mind screamed at me: ANIME DREAM CAST. The idea was PERFECT for me (and for the book!) in every way. So that is what you will find here on the blog today, my own original STORMDANCER anime dream cast (or three of the characters, at least), all hand-drawn by me and complete with voice actor selections!
Jenna’s STORMDANCER Anime Dream Cast:
According to author, Jay kristoff: “Yukiko never wanted to be a hero or a leader. One of the central struggles across the LOTUS WAR trilogy is Yuki coming to grips with the responsibility and power of being a heroic figure, having people depend on her and look up to her.
Voice Actress: Hirano, Aya
Aya is a Japanese seiyuu best known for her roles in anime, such as Death Note (Misa), Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu (Haruhi) and Kiddy Grade (Lumiere). She balances feisty and fierce with a strong emotional impact.
Kin is a boy whom Yukiko encounters on her journey. He can only live in his “mechanical skin” (something like armor) and “insectoid” helmet. I removed the armor and depict him with his burns.
Voice Actor: Sakurai, Takahiro
Tahahiro is best known for his role as Cloud in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
Voice Actor: Morikawa, Toshiyuki
Toshiyuki is best known for his role as Sephiroth in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.