Million Arthur RPGs' 4-Panel Manga Gets Web Anime in Fall
posted on by Egan Loo
The second live-streamed Majo Labo! program for the Kai-Ri-Sei Million Arthur game announced on Thursday that the Jaku-San-Sei Million Arthur manga is being adapted into a web anime. Ai Mai Mi manga creator Choboraunyopomi draws Jaku-San-Sei Million Arthur, the official four-panel comedy manga of Square Enix's Million Arthur smartphone role-playing games.
Jouji Nakata will play Lion, and Rikiya Koyama will play Uma (horse). According to Square Enix producer Hiroaki Iwano, the anime will run for four cours (quarters of a year), starting this fall.
The Majo Labo! program on the Niconico Live service also announced the second collaboration between Kai-Ri-Sei Million Arthur and Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works, a collaboration between the Million Arthur (Kaku-San-Sei Million Arthur) PS Vita/3DS game and the PlayStation 4 game Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory II, and upcoming updates for Kai-Ri-Sei Million Arthur.
Square Enix launched the original Kaku-San-Sei Million Arthur game on iOS and Android devices in 2012. The card battle role-playing game centers on the true King Arthur who pulls a sword from a stone — except there are a million people who claim the title, each with an Excalibur sword.
A PlayStation Vita and a Nintendo 3DS port debuted last year. A live-action television adaptation of the game then aired in Japan last year. Kai-Ri-Sei Million Arthur, an expanded four-player "character command RPG" followup, debuted in Japan last November.
South Korean publisher Gamevil announced in March that it is partnering with Square Enix to bring the game franchise to North America, South America, Europe, and the Middle East.
J.C. Staff animated the first game's opening animation sequence, and Ken'ichi Maeyamada (Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts, MM!, Shining Hearts -Shiawase no Pan-) wrote, scored, and arranged the featured "Million of Bravery" song for singer Choucho (Eiyū Densetsu: Sora no Kiseki The Animation, Heaven's Memo Pad).
Kazuma Kamachi (A Certain Magical Index) wrote for the first game. A team of more than 50 illustrators worked on the Kaku-San-Sei Million Arthur cards, including major figures such as Kiyotaka Haimura (A Certain Magical Index), Yuichi Tanaka (A Certain Magical Index, Natsuiro Kiseki), Hidari (Fractale, Natsuiro Kiseki), Miho Takeoka (Bungaku Shōjo), Suzuhito Yasuda (Durarara!!, Yozakura Quartet), BUNBUN, Takehito Harada (Disgaea), Kouhaku Kuroboshi (Sky Girls), Tinkle (Ro-Kyu-Bu!), VOFAN (Bakemonogatari, Tokitowa), and Yasu (Toradora!). Hyadain composed the soundtrack.
Choboraunyopomi has been serializing the Jaku-San-Sei Million Arthur manga within the Million Arthur games themselves and on the Niconico Seiga site since 2012. Three of her other manga have also inspired anime: Ai Mai Mi, Choboraunyopomi Gekijō Dainimaku Ai Mai Mi: Mōsō Catastrophe, and Magical Somera-chan (Fushigi na Somera-chan).
Choboraunyopomi ended DanMachi 4-Koma: Somosomo Dungeon ni Moguru no ga Machigaide wa Nai Darou ka (DanMachi 4-Panel: Isn't it Wrong to Go into the Dungeon in the First Place?), a four panel manga spinoff of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, on June 5.