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Macross/Aquarion's Kawamori Unveils Spring TV Anime Jūshinki Pandora

posted on by Egan Loo
Macross Frontier's Risa Ebata designs characters voiced by Tomoaki Maeno, Nao Tōyama

Anime creator Shōji Kawamori (Macross, Escaflowne, Aquarion) unveiled his latest title Jūshinki Pandora (Heavy Divine Unit Pandora) in a "New Project Briefing" event on Tuesday. The television anime series will premiere next spring.

The tagline in the character visual above reads, "To live, we formed a pact."

On the day the Xianglong (Shanron or Soaring Dragon) Crisis occurred in 2031, Leon Lau was right in the middle of the unfolding events. The Quantum Reactor, a next generation energy device developed to replace dwindling environmental resources, exploded and unleashed an unknown energy. As a result, the global environment changed overnight. Living things (besides humans) and machines each underwent their own unique evolution, and the B.R.A.I. (Biological Revolutionary of Accelerated Intelligence) entities in particular evolved and came into being. Because of them, humanity was driven to the brink of extinction. Humans fight the B.R.A.I with M.O.E.V. (Multi-purpose Organic Evolution Vehicle) variable units.

Seven years after the Xianglong Crisis, Leon is in the wilderness on the edge of the "absolute defense city" Neo Xianglong. Living with Chloe Lau under a "family pact," he conducts his own research to counter the B.R.A.I. The awkward Leon and the busybody Chloe. They live day-by-day as if to forget the past for the moment. However, threats unrelentingly draw near.

The cast stars:

Tomoaki Maeno as Leon Lau, a brilliant but banished scientist. He was a central figure in the Xianglong Crisis. He lives with Chloe in the wilderness outside Neo Xianglong after the incident.

Nao Tōyama as Chloe Lau, the "little sister" who supports Leon. She lives with Leon after his banishment from Neo Xianglong. Although they are not related by blood, she thinks of him like a big brother.

Hidekazu Sato (Basquash!, Nobunaga The Fool, Aquarion Logos) is directing the anime at the studio Satelight. Toshizo Nemoto (Log Horizon, Macross Delta) is in charge of the scripts, and Risa Ebata (Macross Frontier, AKB0048) is drafting the original character designs. Kawamori himself is credited for the original work (with Satelight), for the Jūshinki mechanical designs, and as chief director. Kawamori emphasized that this project will not feature songs, unlike his previous works like Macross and AKB0048.

Images © 2017 Shōji Kawamori, Satelight/Xiamen Skyloong Media

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