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Eriko Matsui Joins Cast of Date a Live as the Ace Wizard, Artemisia Bell Ashcroft

Episode 3 of Date a Live IV introduced the newest antagonist, Artemisia Bell Ashcroft, who is voiced by Eriko Matsui. The 3rd episode aired on April 22, 2022. Artemisia first appeared when Isaac Wescott and Ellen attacked the spirits.

Date a Live IV: The appearance of Artemisia Bell Ashcroft (left side). Nia Honjo (right side)

The official Twitter account for the anime also made an announcement about the newest antagonist, together with the details about her voice actress just before the broadcast of the third episode. Eriko Matsui retweeted the announcement, thanking everyone for having the opportunity of playing Artemisia’s role.

Eriko Matsui is known for voicing Tailor in The Rising of the Shield Hero, Mia Cyrus from Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka, Emi, from Mob Psycho 100, Edstrom from Overlord, Helene from the Royal Tutor, Isuzu from Log Horizon, Suzuka from Akame Ga Kill!, Misaki Sakurada from Castle Town Dandelion, Kokuyou from Tsugumomo, Kamika from Fairy Tail, Moe Higurashi from Yashahime, and more.

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Crunchyroll has been streaming Date a Live IV since April 8, 2022, and it currently has 3 episodes. Studio GEEKTOYS (Date a Bullet) is animating the series, while Jun Nakagawa (High School Fleet) is directing. The first season aired in 2013, and it was animated by studio AIC+. Production IMS animated the second season in 2014, and J.C. staff worked on season 3 in 2019.

The anime is based on Koshi Tachibana’s Date a Live light novel series. Fujimi Shobo serialized it with Tsunako’s illustrations from 2011 until 2020, and it had a total of 22 volumes. Yen Press licensed the light novel series in English and describes the plot as:

April 10. The first day of school. Shido Itsuka is rudely awoken by his personal alarm clock—his little sister. It’s shaping up to be another typical day…well, as typical as it gets on a planet plagued by massive spatial quakes. Little does Shido know, however, his life is about to take a sudden turn when he encounters the source of this destructive phenomenon—a girl his age, apparently known as a Spirit. Turns out, there are only two ways he can stop her from unleashing hell on the world: Eliminate her by force or placate her…by taking her out on a date and making her fall in love with him!

Yen Press

Screenshot via Crunchyroll
Source: Official Twitter
© 2021 Koshi Tachibana, Tsunako/KADOKAWA/”Date A Live IV” Production Committee
© Yoshikazu Hamada / Futabasha / Tsugumomo Production Committee
© Makoto Fukami / Seigo Tokiya / SQUARE ENIX / “Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka” Production Committee
© Higasa Akai / SQUARE ENIX / The Royal Tutor Production Committee
© Ayumu Kasuga / Houbunsha / Castle Town Dandelion Production Committee

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