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Stan Lee, Hiroshi Nagahama's The Reflection Wave One Anime Reveals July Premiere, More Staff

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
12-episode anime to air on NHK

Bandai Visual began streaming a teaser promotional video on Friday for The Reflection anime project, listed on the video's title under the name The Reflection Wave One. The anime is a collaboration series between American comic pioneer Stan Lee (Spider-Man, X-Men, Heroman), his Pow! Entertainment company, Studio DEEN, and director Hiroshi Nagahama (Mushi-Shi, Flowers of Evil, Detroit Metal City).

The video's description reveals the anime's July premiere, and it will air on NHK on Saturdays at 11:00 p.m. to 11:25 p.m. The anime will have 12 episodes.

The video is the same as one revealed in October 2015 to announce the project, but also features a new message from Lee himself at the end. Lee also narrates the video. The video also reveals more of the show's staff.

Newly revealed staff members include Koichiro Sohtome (Mushi-Shi episode director, Bokura ga Ita chief director) as series director, Yasuyuki Suzuki (Naruto, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal) as scriptwriter, Kanako Satō (Love Live! School idol project, Wolf Children) as in-between checker, Hiroko Umezaki (Noragami Aragoto, Flowers of Evil) as color designer, Hisaharu Iijima (Bakemonogatari, And Yet the Town Moves) as art director, and Keiichi Nozaki (Ongaku Shōjo, L/R: Licensed by Royalty) as music director.

Lee is credited with the original work, and Pow! Entertainment and Studio DEEN are credited with the project planning. Nagahama is co-creating and directing the series at Studio DEEN, and he is also providing the original character designs. Yoshihiko Umakoshi (Casshern Sins, Berserk, Mushi-Shi) is adapting those designs for animation. British music producer and songwriter Trevor Horn is producing the music for the anime. Japanese idol group 9nine (Star Driver, Magi, My Little Monster) is performing the show's ending theme song (the group was earlier credited with performing an insert song for the series).

The anime is planned for a worldwide simultaneous distribution in 2017. The series was originally planned for a Japanese television broadcast first before an expanded international release.

Studio DEEN describes the story:

After THE REFLECTION, some of the people in all parts of the world are discovered with super powers.
Some become heroes, and others villains.
How did The Reflection happen? What was the cause of it?
With many unsolved mysteries, the world is lead into turmoil.

Lee collaborated with the anime studio BONES on the Heroman television anime series. He also co-created the Ultimo manga series with Shaman King creator Hiroyuki Takei and collaborated with X Japan band co-founder YOSHIKI on a comic project. His creations at Marvel Comics have inspired several manga and anime adaptations.

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