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North American anime licensing company Sentai Filmworks announced on Saturday that it acquired the Busou Shinki television anime series. The anime will be available soon through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow in 2013.
Adapted from Konami's line of armed female action figures, the slice-of-life battle story is set in a future that has neither World War III nor an alien invasion — just an ordinary future set after our current age. In this world, robots are part of everyday life, and they contribute in various aspects of society. "Shinki" are 15-centimeter-tall (about 6-inch-tall) cute partners made to assist humans. Equipped with intelligence and emotions, they devote themselves to serving their "Masters."
These Shinki can even be equipped with weapons and armor to fight each other. Such Shinki are named "Busou Shinki" (literally, "armed divine princesses"). In particular, the Shinki Ann (Arnval, voiced by Kana Asumi), Aines (Altines, voiced by Kaori Mizuhashi), and Lene (Altlene, Megumi Nakajima) serve a high school freshman named Rihito (Takahiro Mizushima). Things change when a new Shinki, the bellicose Strarf (Minori Chihara), joins them.
Yasuhito Kikuchi (Infinite Stratos, Macross Frontier) is directing the anime at studio 8-Bit. Takahiro Kishida (Madoka Magica) and Ryouma Ebata (Blue Exorcist) are handling character designs, and Ebata is also serving as chief animation director.
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