Toei Unveils Robot Girls NEO Anime Shorts for Summer
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official website of Dynamic Planning and Toei Animation's Robot Girls Z anime revealed on Thursday that Toei Animation is producing new anime shorts titled Robot Girls NEO. The anime has new designs and new cast, and will debut with two seven-minute episodes this summer in Animax's Animax on PlayStation streaming service. Poeyama returns to direct the new anime at Toei Animation, and Kazuho Hyodo returns to pen the scripts.
The new cast includes:
Ami Hagihara as Gre-chan (based on Great Mazinger)
Mikako Izawa as Gren-chan (based on Grendizer)
In addition to Robot Girls NEO, the staff launched a crowdfunding campaign on the Campfire site for a new anime short based on the previous Robot Girls Z "Z-team" characters. This short will be included in the Blu-ray Disc release of Robot Girls NEO. The campaign will also fund events with the cast and staff in attendance. The campaign has already doubled its first 1.5-million-yen (about US$14,000) goal, and will end on May 5. Both the Blu-ray Disc and the events will debut this fall or winter, and the Blu-ray Disc will also include a "full size" version of the recent "Fukkatsu no Chika Teikoku!? Robot Girls Z vs. Nazo no Sandai Shuyaku Robo!" (The Resurrected Underground Empire!? Robot Girls Z vs. the Three Mysterious Major Lead-Role Robots!) short anime.
The new Robot Girls NEO anime is set in a ruined future Nerima, where a photon energy disaster is said to have devastated the area. No one knows whether that is true or not, and details are hard to come by. All that is left is the photon research facility tower that stands as a monument at the center of the devastation. Z-chan and Gre-chan live together in the Shutter District, which spreads from the base of the tower. Their home is made from salvaged materials that they have named Photon House. The advanced photon energy that flowed through the place is now gone, and the world is now ruled by the Getter Rays that rain down from space. But even now, Z-chan and Gre-chan use the highly efficient photon energy to power their home.
Crunchyroll streamed the Robot Girls Z series as it ran in Japan in 2014. The television anime inspired a compilation movie in May 2014. Crunchyroll also streamed the Robot Girls Z+ net anime shorts as they debuted online in 2015. Robot Girls Z also inspired the "Fukkatsu no Chika Teikoku!? Robot Girls Z vs. Nazo no Sandai Shuyaku Robo!" (The Resurrected Underground Empire!? Robot Girls Z vs. the Three Mysterious Major Lead-Role Robots!) short anime that debuted last November at the "Super Robot Manga Matsuri Gaiyō" event.