News Madman Acquisitions from SMASH 2013
The following announcements were made by Sylvester Ip at the Madman Industry Panel on Saturday the 10th of August during the Sydney Anime and Manga Show;
The series adapts Ikoma and Tomomoka Midori's original Tokurei Sochi Dantai Stella Jo-Gakuin Kōtō-ka C3-Bu manga. In the manga, Yura Yamato has just arrived at the high school division of Stella Girl's Academy, when Sonora Kashima invites her to join a club called "C3." Sonora is the third-year student who became the new head of this club for survival games involving airsoft weaponry. The other members include two second-year students (part-Japanese Karila Hatsuse and G36K-wielding Honoka Mutsu) and two other new students (Rento Kirishima whose family runs a Japanese sweets shop and the really short Yachiyo Hinata). The show stars Yui Makino as Yura, Miyuki Sawashiro as Sonora, Ai Kayano as Karila, Chiwa Saito as Honoka, Rima Nishizaki as Rima, and Madoka Yonezawa as Yachiyo.
Masayoshi Kawajiri has made his directorial debut for the anime at GAINAX. Satoru Kiyomaru (Inu X Boku Secret Service, Rosario + Vampire) is serving as chief animation director, Manami Umeshita (Medaka Box) is adapting Midori's characters for animation, and Kotaro Nakagawa (Code Geass, Inu X Boku Secret Service, Devil Survivor 2 The Animation) is handling the music. The six main leads perform the ending theme song. The series premiered in Japan on the 4th of July.
Madman have announced that Stella Women's Academy, High School Division Class C3 will be in the Madman Screening room and on home video at some point in the future.
Thirty years before a strange phenomena called a "spacequake" devastated the center of Eurasia, claiming the lives of at least 150 million people. Since then, smaller spacequakes plague the world on a irregular basis. Shidō Itsuka, a seemingly ordinary high schooler comes across a mysterious girl at the ground zero of a spacequake and learns from his sister Kotori she is one of the "Spirits" who are the real cause of the spacequakes that occur when they manifest themselves in the world. He also learns that Kotori is the captain of the airship Ratatoskr and recruits him to make use of his mysterious ability to seal the Spirits' powers and stop them from being a threat to mankind. However, there is a catch: to seal a Spirit, he must make her fall in love with him.
Based on the light novel series written by Kōshi Tachibana and illustrated by Tsunako, this 12 episode anime adaptation was directed by Keitaro Motonaga (Getbackers, Jormungand) at AIC PLUS+ with visual director Hisashi Saito (Haganai, Heaven's Lost Property). Hideki Shirane (Hayate the Combat Butler, Queen's Blade: Rebellion) was charge of the series scripts, and Takaaki Suzuki (Strike Witches, Last Exile) advised on the world setting, as he has done other anime and manga. Satoshi Ishino (Excel Saga, Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu) designed the characters based on Tsunako's original novel illustrations. Mika Akitaka (Martian Successor Nadesico, Galaxy Fraulein Yuna) designed the mecha, and Go Sakabe (Gosick theme songs) scored the soundtrack with sound director Yasunori Ebina (A Certain Magical Index, Naruto) at Nippon Columbia.
The series has already been confirmed for a second series.
Madman will release Date A Live on home video in the near future.
The story is set in a world embroiled by war between Humans and Demons. The Humans' greatest hero invades the Demon Queen's castle determined to vanquish her. However, instead of fighting back, the Queen proposes an alliance with the Hero. She explains how a sudden end to the war can bring further chaos to the world as the Humans once united to stand against their common enemies would eventually begin fighting among themselves, with similar issues already occurring at the Demon Realm. Convinced by her words, the Hero joins forces with the Queen and together they execute a plan to bring prosperity and a lasting peace to both Humans and Demons alike.
Takeo Takahashi (Spice and Wolf, Yosuga no Sora, So, I Can't Play H!) directed the anime at the studio ARMS. Naruhisa Arakawa (Spice and Wolf, Kingdom, So, I Can't Play H!, Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father!) was in charge of the series scripts and Masashi Kudo (Bleach, Hayate the Combat Butler: Can't Take My Eyes Off You, The Wings of Rean) and Hiroaki Karasu (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The MOVIE 1st animation director) designed the characters. Takeshi Hama (Kobato.) scored the music.
Mayou was started as an online novel by Mamare Touno on the 2channel forum before Enterbrain began publishing the series in 2010. Its first five volumes have sold more than 450,000 copies, and there are also Episode 1: Nire no Kuni no Jo-Mahō Tsukai (The Sorceress of the Country of Elm) and Episode 0: Sakyū no Kuni no Yumi-zukai (The Archer of the Country of Dunes) spinoff novels. The series has already received several manga adaptations.
Madman will release Mayou on home video in the near future.