Rage of Bahamut: Manaria Friends Anime Announces Indefinite Delay, Removes Staff Listing
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The official website for the Rage of Bahamut: Manaria Friends television anime announced on Tuesday that the planned April 1 premiere has been delayed "due to various circumstances." The website added that the finalized premiere date has not been decided, and the scheduled special advance screening on March 20 has been cancelled. The website and the anime's official Twitter account will announce the finalized broadcast schedule and other details in the future.
The website also removed its entire staff listing except for Cygames, the creator of the original fantasy social card game that inspired the anime. Before Tuesday, the website listed the following staff:
- Director/Series Script Supervisor: Takafumi Hoshikawa
- Character Design/Chief Animation Director: Megumi Ishihara
- Art Director: Kenichi Kurata
- Music: Takashi Watanabe
- Animation Production: Studio Hibari
Studio Hibari's recent anime production credits include the Monster Strike net anime, the Re:␣Hamatora television anime, and collaborating on this year's Reikenzan: Hoshikuzu-tachi no Utage.
The Rage of Bahamut: Manaria Friends anime would have premiered on April 1 as part of the fourth season of the "Ultra Super Anime Time" programming block. Ultra Super Pictures launched the Ultra Super Anime Time 30-minute programming block in July. Each season in the block features three series of anime shorts.
The anime would adapt the "Manaria Mahō Gakuin" (Mysteria Academy in the English version) event within Cygames' Rage of Bahamut social game. In the game, Mysteria Academy is a prestigious magic school that teaches magic without discrimination to the three factions (men, gods, demons), who usually are engaged in battle with each other. The anime will follow the three young women as students at the academy.
The Rage of Bahamut fantasy social card game already inspired MAPPA studio's 13-episode Rage of Bahamut Genesis TV anime series which premiered in October 2014. The staff announced in May 2015 that a second season of the anime had been green-lit. Cygames anime division employee Nobuhiro Takenaka confirmed that Rage of Bahamut: Manaria Friends is not related to the second season of Rage of Bahamut Genesis.
Funimation streamed the first Rage of Bahamut Genesis anime season as it aired.
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