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NieR:Automata Ver 1.1a Anime Delays Episodes 9 & Beyond Due to COVID-19
Episode 4 was previously delayed from January 28 to February 18
The official website for NieR:Automata Ver 1.1a, the television anime of Square Enix and Platinum Games‘ NieR:Automata action role-playing game, announced on Sunday that the anime’s episodes 9 and beyond have been delayed. The anime’s production committee cited the impact of the increase in COVID-19 infections on its production schedule. The anime’s website and Twitter account will announce the broadcast and streaming schedules of episodes 9 and beyond in the near future.
The anime had previously delayed episodes 4 from January 28 to February 18. The anime’s production committee also cited COVID-19 as the reason for that delay.
Square Enix describes the game’s story:
NieR:Automata tells the story of androids 2B, 9S and A2 and their battle to reclaim the machine-driven dystopia overrun by powerful machines.
Humanity has been driven from the Earth by mechanical beings from another world. In a final effort to take back the planet, the human resistance sends a force of android soldiers to destroy the invaders. Now, a war between machines and androids rages on… A war that could soon unveil a long-forgotten truth of the world.
The anime’s cast includes:
Ryouji Masuyama (Blend S, Hello WeGo!) is directing the anime at A-1 Pictures, and Masuyama is also in charge of series composition alongside the original game’s Yokō Tarō. Jun Nakai is designing the characters and serving as chief animation director. MONACA is composing the music.
The anime premiered on the Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, and BS11 channels on January 7 at 24:00 (effectively, January 8 at midnight or January 7 at 10:00 a.m. EST), before running on other television channels. The anime also began streaming on DMM TV and dAnime Store in Japan on January 7, and on other streaming services in Japan starting on January 10. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime.
The NieR:Automata game shipped for the PlayStation 4 in Japan in February 2017, followed by North America and Europe in March 2017. Square Enix also released the game on PC via Steam in March 2017, and on Xbox One in June 2018. The game launched on Nintendo Switch on October 6. The game has a combined shipments and digital download sales number of over 7 million.
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Classroom for Heroes Anime’s 1st Video Reveals More Staff, Theme Song Artists, July Debut
The official website for the television anime of Shin Araki‘s Eiyū Kyōshitsu (Classroom For Heroes) light novel series unveiled a new promotional video and a new visual for the anime on Wednesday. The video reveals more staff, July premiere date, and theme song artists for the anime.
VTuber Kaede Higuchi is performing the anime’s opening theme song. Akane Kumada is performing the anime’s ending theme song. The anime’s website did not reveal the titles of the songs.
The newly announced staff members include:
The cast includes:
Reiji Kawashima as Blade
Misuzu Yamada as Arnest Flaming
Nao Tōyama as Sophi
Hina Kino as Cú Chulainn
Keiichiro Kawaguchi (Sket Dance, Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU, Shadowverse) is directing the anime at Actas. Naoki Hayashi (Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU, Citrus, Black Fox) is writing and supervising the scripts. Kōsuke Kawamura (OniAi, ISLAND, Remake Our Life!) is the character designer and chief animation director.
The academy fantasy novel series is set in Rosewood Academy, a school that trains future heroes destined to protect mankind. The school accepts only those with the most potential. Arnest Flaming, a girl who boasts the top record in the academy, is assigned to guide a mysterious but cheerful new student named Blade who rivals her own power.
Araki published the first volume under Shueisha‘s Dash X Bunko light novel label in January 2015, with illustrations by Haruyuki Morisawa (The Princess and the Pilot, The Pilot’s Love Song, Lagrange – The Flower of Rin-ne). The 13th volume will ship on Friday.
Koara Kishida launched a manga adaptation of the novels in Shueisha‘s Ultra Jump magazine in February 2015.
Araki previously wrote the GJ Club light novel series. which had nine main volumes from 2010 to 2012, and a sequel middle school series that ran for eight main volumes from 2012 to 2014. The novels inspired a 2013 television anime. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan.
Sources: Classroom For Heroes anime’s website, Comic Natalie
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Juri Ueno Returns as Nodame for Nodame Cantabile Musical
The staff for the first ever stage musical adapatation of Tomoko Ninomiya‘s Nodame Cantabile manga announced on Monday that Juri Ueno is returning from the live-action series and film adaptations of the manga as Megumi “Nodame” Noda in the musical, while Hiroki Miura will play Shinichi Chiaki.
Ikko Ueda is directing the stage musical, while oboist Daisuke Mogi returns from the live-action series and film as classical music supervisor. The musical will debut in Tokyo’s Theater Creation in early October.
The original manga series centers around Nodame and Chiaki, two music students who drive themselves and each other to greater artistic heights, and find themselves on parallel paths in Japan and later Europe.
Ninomiya launched the manga in Kiss in 2001, and ended it in 2009. Kodansha published 23 compiled book volumes for the series. Del Rey published 16 volumes of the manga in North America until the publisher ceased releasing manga. Kodansha Comics later released the full series digitally in English.
The manga was adapted into three television anime series, and has also received several live-action series and film adaptations.
Source: Comic Natalie
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Anonymous;Code Game’s Trailer Reveals English Dub for September 8 Launch
Spike Chunsoft began streaming a new trailer for the Anonymous;Code game on Tuesday. The trailer reveals the game’s September 8 release date in the West for Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam, and also reveals the game’s English dub, a first for MAGES.‘ Science Adventure visual novel series.
The announced English dub cast for the game includes Max Mittelman as Pollon, Anairis Quiñones as Momo, and Y. Chang as Cross. Andrew Hodgson (“Steiner”) is translating the game. Spike Chunsoft‘s release will have a steelbook launch edition.
Spike Chunsoft describes the game:
2037. Nakano, Tokyo.
Pollon Takaoka is caught up in a tangle of plots as a result of his encounter with the mysterious girl Momo and faces major events that shake the world. Live the experience with Pollon, help him hack the myriad branches of reality and “load” the ending that saves the world!
The game released in Japan in July 2022 for Switch and PS4. Kanako Itou performs the game’s opening theme song “Game Over.”
MAGES. president Chiyomaru Shikura had teased in October 2020 that the game might have a release for the PlayStation 5, but there is currently no planned release for the platform.
The game was originally planned for PS4 and PlayStation Vita, but MAGES. announced in 2017 that the game will also release for Nintendo Switch. MAGES. will no longer release the game on PS Vita.
The game is the latest “Science Adventure” game after the Chaos;HEAd, Steins;Gate, Robotics;Notes, Chaos;Child, and Occultic;Nine projects. Shikura originally announced the game in 2015, and the game has seen multiple delays in its release.
Sources: Spike Chunsoft via Gematsu, Andrew Hodgson‘s Twitter account
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