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New Inazuma Eleven Anime, Game Revealed

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
TV anime slated for summer 2017

Game developer Level-5 announced Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin, a new game and television anime in its Inazuma Eleven franchise, during its "Level-5 Vision 2016 -New Heroes-" presentation on Wednesday. The company also streamed a short pilot film, animated by OLM and featuring the theme song "Teppen—!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! e Dash" by pugcat's.

In the story, protagonist Asuto Inamori's soccer club is disbanded after the school's soccer field is destroyed. He and friends go to Tokyo to attend Daimon-chuu (Daimon Junior High) to play soccer. The story is set after the first Inazuma Eleven, but will take place in a parallel world from all other Inazuma Eleven games apart from the first because the story has taken a different course.

The cast includes, from left to right in the image above:

The television anime will premiere summer 2017 with plans for streaming. The series will also have an internet-exclusive anime spinoff titled "Locker Room," as well as behind-the-scenes program.

Level-5 also unveiled a wearable link device called the "Eleven Band" that will be compatible with the game. Manufactured by Takara Tomy, the device allows players to exercise to accumulate points to raise the statistics of in-game characters.

Level-5 released the first Inazuma Eleven video game on the Nintendo DS in 2008. Level-5 announced during the presentation that the series has sold 8,077,800 copies.

The Inazuma Eleven soccer anime franchise is based on Level-5's game series of the same name. The original 127-episode anime series aired between 2008-2011, and has since inspired the Inazuma Eleven GO, Inazuma Eleven GO 2: Chrono Stone, and Inazuma Eleven GO Galaxy sequel series. The television anime franchise ended its five-and-a-half year run in March 2014. The anime franchise also includes three films and the Inazuma Eleven Go vs. Danbōru Senki W crossover film.

Nintendo released a 3DS port of the original Inazuma Eleven game in North America in February 2014.

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