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Phantasy Star Online 2 Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals Shouta Aoi Song, Debut Date

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Anime of Sega online RPG to premiere on January 7

The official website for Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation, the television anime of Sega's Phantasy Star Online 2 (PSO2) role-playing game, unveiled the second promotional video, new visual, and premiere date on Monday. On the same day, Shōta Aoi debuted his theme song "Zessei Stargate" (Unrivaled Stargate) at the Sympathy 2015 event.

The series will premiere on the TBS station on Thursday, January 7 at 1:46 a.m., and then run on the CBC, MBS, and BS-TBS channels. A special pre-broadcast talk show with Aoi, the director, and the producers will screen the first episode at Tokyo's Theatre Shinjuku on December 29. The "Zessei Stargate" CD single will go on sale on February 3.

The Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation series will have a completely original story, and the story will follow PSO2 players "who may be near you" on Earth in the near future.

The show will star:

Shōta Aoi (Shōnen Hollywood - Holly Stage for 49's Daiki Tomii, Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love 2000%'s Ai Mikaze) as Itsuki Tachibana

Ayaka Suwa (Assassination Classroom's Tōka Yada, Yowamushi Pedal's Miki Kanzaki) as Rina Izumi

M.A.O (School-Live!'s Yūri, Durarara!!×2 Shō's Vorona) as Aika Suzuki

Nobunaga Shimazaki as Kōta Kayano

Takuya Satō as Masaya Kudō

Rie Murakawa as Mika Konoe

Aki Kanada as Yutaka Sasaki

Shun Horie as Seiya Urisaka

Minami Kabayama as Mayu Urisaka

Tesshô Genda as SORO

Kikuko Inoue as Yumiko

Katsuyuki Konishi as Last Samurai

Emi Nitta as Silva

Kazuhiko Inoue as Kid

Hiroki Takahashi as Mamoru Monzen

Halko Momoi, Atsuko Enomoto, Ichitarō Ai as guest characters

Marika Kōno as Marika

Riko Kohara as Riko

Yurika Takagi as Yurika

Keiichiro Kawaguchi (Hayate the Combat Butler, Psychic Squad, Sket Dance) is directing the series at Telecom Animation Film. Mitsutaka Hirota (The Prince of Tennis II, X-Men, Persona 4 The Animation) is writing and overseeing the scripts, and Minoko Takasu (O-jii-san no Lamp, key animator for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) is designing the characters.

The anime will be the eighth project to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Phantasy Star Online franchise.

Sega released the free-to-play Phantasy Star Online 2 role-playing game for Windows PC in Japan in 2012, followed by a PlayStation Vita release in 2013, and an Android and iOS release in April and May 2014, respectively. The game has more than 3.5 million registered users. The game is heading to PlayStation 4 in 2016.

The game inspired the "Phantasy Star Online 2-ON STAGE-" stage play in December 2014.

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