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Japanese, Chinese Co-Produced Robomasters The Animated Series Reveals Videos, Cast, Staff

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Yasutaka Yamamoto directs robot anime starring Daiki Yamashita, Yuichiro Umehara, Lynn

The official website for the Japanese and Chinese co-produced RoboMasters The Animated Series project began streaming a Japanese and a different Chinese promotional video on Friday. The videos preview the animation and main characters.

The cast includes: (Note: The English spellings of the character names aren't confirmed.)

Yasutaka Yamamoto (Actually, I Am…, Squid Girl Season 2) is directing at the Japan-based Dandelion Animation Studio (3DCG animation for Haikyu!!, Miss Hokusai, The Empire of Corpses). Kenichi Yamashita (D.Gray-man Hallow, Ketsuekigata-kun!) is writing the scripts and handling series composition. Rei Aoi (Luck & Logic ) is designing the characters, and Koji Watanabe (Space Brothers, Majestic Prince) is in charge of mechanical designs. Yakuya Yamazaki is credited as the 3D CG director, and Kei Ichikura (Magic Kaito 1412, Is This a Zombie?) is art director. Takeshi Takadera (Yowamushi Pedal, Bakuon!!) is directing the sound, and Yoshihiro Ike (DAYS, Rage of Bahamut Genesis) is composing the music.

un:c is performing the opening theme song "super nova," and Saori Fukuyama is performing the ending theme song "Higher Maker."

The Shenzhen, China-based Da-Jiang Innovations (DJI) drone manufacturing company is partnering with Dandelion Animation Studio to produce the project. The anime is based on the DJI-hosted RoboMasters competition, which is the world's biggest student robotics competition. News website The Verge posted a video in September from the five-day event last year in Shenzhen. At the competition, college students compete for cash prizes and a chance to audition to work at DJI. The tournament pits two teams of robots against each other. This year's event will be the third RoboMasters event.

The video above features a clip (at 7:00) of what The Verge states is an already produced anime series that aired in China in fall 2016. The Verge said that the anime is about "a nerdy teen who finds his calling, and his courage, behind the wheel of a rover."

The RoboMasters The Animated Series anime project will depict college students as they prepare and participate in a RoboMasters tournament, and will depict the tournaments in CG.

Dandelion Animation Studio was founded in 2007, and has also worked on such series as March comes in like a lion and such films as Popin Q.

Source: Anime! Anime! (Kōtarō Nakase)


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