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Sunrise Makes January Robot TV Anime Buddy Complex

posted on by Egan Loo
2 boys' chance encounter alters fate of the world in "traditional robot action" anime

Sunrise opened a website on Sunday to announce that it is making the robot television anime series Buddy Complex. The "traditional robot action" series will premiere on January 5 on the Tokyo MX TV station, and it will also stream on the Bandai Channel. An announcement ran during the latest airing of the Love Live! anime, and the website is also streaming a promotional video:

The story will revolve around the friendship and coming-of-age of two boys. It begins with Aoba Watase, a boy who goes to high school in Tokyo and lives a carefree daily life. On the morning of his school's opening ceremony after summer vacation, he goes to campus as usual, but he has a chance encounter with another boy.

The other boy's name is Jyunyou Dio Weinberg. Their encounter will soon alter the fate of the world.

The main cast are:

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Watase Aoba, a 16-year-old boy

Saori Hayami as Yumi Hara Hina, Aoba's 16-year-old classmate who switched seats after summer vacation and ends up sitting next to him

Kouki Uchiyama as Jyunyou Dio Weinberg, the 16-year-old ensign and ace pilot of the new unit Bradyon with the Free Pact Alliance.

Sho Hayami as Kuramitsu Gendo, the 38-year-old captain of the new ship Cygnus

Ayumi Fujimura as Lene Kleinbeck, the 27-year-old lieutenant commander and second-in-command aboard the Cygnus

Tomokazu Sugita as Lee Conrad, the 28-year-old lieutenant and pilot of the Beryl Commander

Hiroyuki Yoshino as Jarl Duran, the 27-year-old lieutenant junior grade and pilot of the Beryl Assault

Rina Satou as Elvira Hill, the 28-year-old special officer assigned to administering and maintaining the new tactical systems

Kana Hanazawa as Nasu Mayuka, the 16-year-old assistant special officer assigned to Elvira

Marina Inoue as Anessa Rossetti the 16-year-old petty officer and operator aboard the Cygnus

Toshiyuki Morikawa as Alfred Gallant, the 27-year-old lieutenant junior grade and pilot of the Alsiel

Takahiro Sakurai as Bizon Gerafil, the 20-year-old lieutenant junior grade and pilot of the Nebiros

Nobunaga Shimazaki as Tarjim Vasily, the 19-year-old ensign and pilot of the Ogre

Mutsumi Tamura as Lasha Hakkarainen, the 18-year-old ensign and pilot of the Krishna

Yumi Uchiyama as Margaret O'Keefe, the 28-year-old special officer of the Great Zogiria Republic

"Hajime Yatate," the collective pen name for the Sunrise animation staffers, is credited with the original story concept. Yasuhiro Tanabe (episode director on Battle Spirits: Brave, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere) is directing the series off scripts supervised by the "BC Project." Tomoshige Inayoshi and Asako Inayoshi are serving as both character designers and animation directors. Kanta Suzuki, Hiroki Tokuda, Tomohiro Kawahara, and Hiroyuki Taiga are designing the mecha.

Tatsuya Katou is composing the music. True is contributing the opening theme song "Unisonia," while ChouCho is performing the ending them "Ano Sora ni Kaeru Mirai de."

The first episode will have an advance airing on Tokyo MX TV on December 29 at 11:00 p.m. (9:00 a.m. EST), and it will also stream early on the Bandai Channel. Namco Bandai Games will release a multi-player smartphone game next year with Erica Masaki's theme song "Orbital Line." The March issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki Daioh magazine will launch a manga adaptation on January 27.

Sunrise trademarked "Buddy Complex" with a logo on October 1 and Sunrise registered the domain "buddy-complex.jp" on October 31.

Source: Dengeki via 0takomu

Images © Sunrise/Buddy Complex Committee

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