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The Japanese anime distributor Bandai Visual is listing a new OVA series called AIKa ZERO for an August 25 launch. Noriyasu Yamauchi is designing the characters in the first 30-minute AIKa ZERO episode as he did for the first Agent Aika video project (pictured at right) and the AIKa R-16: Virgin Mission prequel.
Bandai Visual describes the project as "the return of the legendary low-angle, sexy action [anime] in an all-new OVA series!!" In this story set in a future world (mostly submerged underwater), the 19-year-old Aika Sumeragi is going to college while training as an agent by assisting in Gozo Aida's salvaging business.
In addition to designing, Yamauchi is directing and overseeing the animation production. Kenichi Kanemaki is also returning to script the story based on Studio Fantasia and Bandai Visual's original concepts. AIKa R-16 voice actress Ami Koshimizu is reprising her Aika role and singing the project's theme song. The initial Blu-ray Disc release will include a special "H pinup" illustration drawn by Yamauchi, a special booklet, a "picture drama" video extra, and audio commentary. Yamauchi is also illustrating the cover.
Update: More background and story information added.
Update 2: More production information added.
Update 3: Bandai Visual has posted a preview website, although it will not fully launch until May 30. Central Park Media released the first series in North America, while Bandai Entertainment reissued the first series and licensed the second.
Image © Studio Fantasia, Bandai Visual
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