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Gainax & Subaru's Hōkago no Pleiades Has TV Anime Launching

posted on 2014-02-07 10:35 EST
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, reported on Friday that a "TV animation project" has begun. The posting was made on the third anniversary of the Subaru x Gainax collaboration.

Anime studio Gainax announced at Tokyo International Anime Fair last year that a film was in the works for the project. The official Twitter account teased at the end of last year that Hōkago no Pleiades' next stage would be TV, and the project's website has been updated with words to the same effect (see above).

The 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.

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).

[Via Hachima Kikō]


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