Sanrio's Show By Rock!! Mobile Rhythm Game Gets TV Anime in 2015

posted on by Sarah Nelkin
Company's 1st late-night show focuses on goth lolita kitty girl, other animal-looking friends in band

Sanrio announced on Monday that a TV anime adaptation of its Show By Rock!! mobile phone rhythm game has been green-lit. The anime will air in late-night timeslots starting in 2015. More information will be announced during the game's Niconico live broadcast at 10 p.m. JST on Monday. The anime will be Sanrio's very first anime that will air in a late-night timeslot.

The anime's announcement was made with a promotional video:

The text near the end of the video reads, "That day, our fate intersected."

Sanrio describes the story of the original game on its website:

Metropolis of music, MIDICITY. A kitty girl wearing gothic lolita clothing named Cyan is scouted by Maple Arisugawa, the president of a music agency. From there, she meets Chuchu (a pun off of the sound that rabbits make) the honor student rabbit girl, a net geek dog girl named Retoree (from "Retriever"), and an alien sheep (?) girl named Moa. Together, they form the band named "Plasmagica," and aim for the top of the world.

However, the path there is long and tough, and keeping in high spirits is important. By battling against other strange bands, Plasmagica slowly grows toward a top-grade band. In the end, they'll be a band that becomes the driving force of MIDICITY's music industry... Maybe?

Gonna be a music millionaire!

An official website for the anime has also been opened.

Sanrio began distributing the game developed by Geeks for iOS and Android in 2012. The game is free to play, but has in-game items that can be purchased.

The cast of the original game includes:

Eri Inagawa (Pac-World) as Cyan, the gothic lolita kitty

Sumire Uesaka (Hōzuki no Reitetsu, Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father!) as Chuchu, the honor student bunny

Eri Kitamura (Mermaid Melody: Pichi Pichi Pitch Pure, Sunday Without God) as Retoree, the net geek dog

Ayane Sakura (Dream Eater Merry, Love Lab) as Moa, the alien sheep (?)

The game's original cast also features a rival boy band voiced by Kishō Taniyama, Junichi Yanagita, Mitsuhiro Ichiki, and Teruyuki Tanzawa.

An animated video for the game debuted last year:

Update: The staff of the show noted that visuals for a new band will be unveiled every month.

[Via Hachima Kikō; Images via Geinō News Lounge]

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