‘Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut’ is a science fiction fantasy light novel series written by Keisuke Makino which also got a manga published by Shogakukan. Its popularity led to an anime adaption from Arvo Animation with director Akitoshi Yokoyama that launched in October 2021 with Funimation announcing an English dub.
“The first person in space…was a vampire! We’re excited to announce that the Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut English dub is officially on its way to Funimation, and we’ve got info on the series cast and when you can watch,” Funimation said on their website. “Episode 1 of the Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut English dub will arrive on Funimation, so if you haven’t gotten a chance to experience this alternate take on the Space Race, there’s never been a more perfect time.”
They continue, “The English voice cast of the series includes Tia Ballard (FAIRY TAIL, Toilet-bound Hanako-kun) as Irina Luminesk and Stephen Fu (WONDER EGG PRIORITY, Darwin’s Game) as Lev Leps.”
Wikipedia describes the synopsis as, “With the conclusion of the World War in 1945, the world is divided between two major superpowers: the Zirnitra Union in the east and the United Kingdom of Arnack in the west. With their borders set on earth, both superpowers look to space as the next frontier for expansion, sparking a space race. However, Zirnitra has a trump card in the form of Irina Luminesk, a vampire who they hope to use as a test subject to spearhead research into achieving the first human spaceflight.”
“In order to ensure her training goes smoothly, the young cosmonaut candidate Lev Leps is assigned to be her handler. While he is instructed to treat Irina as nothing more than a test subject, Lev cannot help but be fascinated with the young vampire girl,” the synopsis adds.
The cast also includes Jād Saxton, Mark Stoddard, Marcus Stimac, Jonah Scott, Kyle Phillips, Anthony Bowling, Jarrod Greene, Kimmie Britt, and Caitlin Glass with Cris George serving as ADR Director.
You can watch the trailer below:
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