Game Firm G-mode, Studio AIC Make Khronos Gear Anime
posted on by Egan Loo
The mobile game company G-Mode (Keitai Shoujo, Sengoku Paradise Kiwami) announced on Tuesday that it is launching Khronos Gear (Katayoku no Khronos Gear), a mixed-media franchise that includes an original video anime from the studio Anime International Company (AIC). G-Mode is also producing the game and manga components of the project.
The story is set in the near future not long from now, when humanity has completed an orbital elevator and begun developing the outer planets in earnest. An enigmatic extraterrestrial enemy known as "Obliquus" has set its sights on the solar system, and humanity enters a state of war with the first aliens it has encountered.
To counter the enemy's overwhelming technological superiority, the Khronos Foundation has assembled the descendants of every country's heroes from Japan's Musashi Miyamoto and Ryōma Sakamoto to France's Napoleon and Joan of Arc. The foundation then fuses the descendants with "Gear" battle suits as special biological weapons, thus giving birth to "Khronos Gear."
Hiroki Hayashi (Tenchi Muyo!, El Hazard, Battle Programmer SHIRASE) is directing the Khronos Gear anime, and Ryuichi Makino (Battle Athletes, Girls Bravo, Hourou Musuko/Wandering Son) is designing the characters. JR Eki Sakurajima (Battle Programmer SHIRASE, ToHeart2 adplus) is in charge of the story scenario and scripts, while Shigemi Ikeda (Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, Mobile Suit Gundam UC) is working on the background art with art director Ayu Kawamoto (No. 6, Waiting in the Summer, Kodomo no Jikan). Aya Ouchi (Tenchi Muyo! GXP, Wandering Son) is the color key artist, and Toshiki Kameyama (Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, Dusk Maiden of Amnesia) is the sound director.
Tomoaki Maeno will play the protagonist Musashi Miyamoto, while Aoi Yūki will play the heroine/love rival Jeanne Saya. Sayuri Yahagi and Yumi Hara round out the cast as Haruka Sasaki and Ryou Sakamoto.
The manga will run in G-Mode's web comic magazine Comic Meteor.
Update: More information added.
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