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Busō Chūgakusei Basket Army's 5th Anime Short Streamed

posted on 2012-12-20 16:30 EST
With Kingdom Hearts co-writer Nojima, Catblue: Dynamite's Higa, Ghost in the Shell composer Kawai

The official website for the Busō Chūgakusei Basket Army (Armed Middle School Student Basket Army) project began streaming its fifth anime short on Wednesday. The five-minute short focuses on the girl who became the students' reluctant leader, Tōko Natori (as voiced by Ami Koshimizu), who shows her utmost resolution to make her dream come true.

The first anime short premiered last December, and the second, third, and fourth shorts began streaming in February, May, and August, respectively.

Busō Chūgakusei is based on a story written by Kazushige Nojima, the game scenario writer best known for role-playing games such as the Kingdom Hearts franchise, Black Rock Shooter the Game, and Final Fantasy VIII, X, X-2, and Versus XIII.

The story is set in August of 2026 at the Fuji Training Facility. Natori is a third-year middle school student in the Eastern Defense Academy — Japan's first private organization to be established under the National Defense Education Law two years earlier. On the last day of a harsh training regiment, a force launches an assault that turns the training facility into a sea of blood.

Atsushi Kawasaki (Duel Masters card game) is serving as art director of the project, and Mitsudoki Akashikurasu is designing the characters. Tomokazu Nakano (The King Of Fighters Neowave) is contributing conceptual designs, and Kenji Kawai (Ghost in the Shell, Death Note, Eden of the East) is composing the music. Romanov Higa (Catblue: Dynamite, TANK S.W.A.T. 01) is directing, storyboarding, and editing the anime at the studio asread and Studio RF.

Cast

Ami Koshimizu as Tōko Natori
Yuuki Kaji as Kazuki Kurobe
Nao Tōyama as Hikari Senami
Mana Hirata as Anne Matsura
Suzuko Mimori as Nanami Kano
Genki Muro as Yōji Takatsu
Shin Furukawa as Satoshi Yoshino
Yūta Odagaki as Tarō Tsurumi

The first two volumes of the compiled novel series version of the story, written by Nojima, will ship on February 28. The third and fourth volumes will ship on March 29.


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