Gainax, Subaru Unveil New Hōkago no Pleiades Visual

posted on by Rachel Mahoney
Magical girl collaboration between anime studio & car maker already has net anime, planned film

The official Twitter account for Hōkago no Pleiades, the animation collaboration project between car maker Subaru and animation studio Gainax, posted a new visual for its upcoming TV anime project on Tuesday.

Subaru and Gainax announced the TV anime project in February, on the third anniversary of their collaboration.

Ichijinsha's Manga 4-Koma Pallette magazine announced in October that Hōkago no Pleiades will get a four-panel manga adaptation starting in the magazine's February issue on December 22. Mirai Denki will draw the series.

The project's story centers around an afterschool club of magical girls who help recover fragments so that an alien from Pleiades can return home. The Pleiades is the English name for the star cluster that the Japanese call "Subaru" — the origin of the car maker's name and six-star logo. Subaru and Gainax streamed the original anime online with English subtitles.

Gainax announced a Hōkago no Pleiades film project in 2013 and a television anime project in February.

The original net anime's staff includes director Shouji Saeki (Mahoromatic: Tadaima Okaeri, Strike Witches 2 episode storyboarder), concept artist and original character designer Daisuke Kikuchi (Gurren Lagann, Mahoromatic: Tadaima Okaeri), and character designer Mai Otsuka (Shakugan no Shana, Hanamaru Kindergarten). Also involved are art director Hiroshi Kato (Evangelion Shin Gekijōban: Jo/Ha, Gunbuster 2), director of photography Toyonori Yamada (Gurren Lagann, Hanamaru Kindergarten), and color key artist Chie Yoshimura (Chou Gekijouban Keroro Gunso, The Big O).

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