Monster Strike Gets New Net Anime Series Starting on July 8
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official YouTube channel of the anime of XFlag's Monster Strike franchise began streaming an "episode 0" for a new net anime on Monday. The new anime will premiere on the YouTube channel on July 8 at 7:00 p.m. The show will be a new anime that will not be directly connected to the previous anime series.
Episode 0 centers on Oragon, who celebrates his birthday alone after his friends can't come over. After declaring that he wants friends, he is whisked away to another place where he is told that the Monster Strike world will meet its end in half a year at the hands of a powerful enemy. To save it, Oragon must enter the "Strike World" and gather friends to help him.
The new film will tell an original story and will feature original characters. Hiroshi Nishikiori (A Certain Magical Index both seasons and film, Azumanga Daioh, Trinity Seven) is directing the film at CG studio Orange. XFlag is credited with production, and Warner Brothers is distributing.
Social networking service mixi released the Monster Strike game on iOS and Android devices in Japan in 2013. XFLAG released the English version in North America in 2014, but that version shut down in August 2017. The game also debuted in Taiwan and South Korea in 2014. The game's staff reports over 35 million players worldwide. mixi released a Nintendo 3DS port of the game in Japan in 2015.
The first 52-episode net anime series premiered in October 2015, and Crunchyroll streamed the series with English subtitles. The first part of the show's second season premiered in April 2017, and ran until September. The second part of the second season, titled Monster Strike the Anime: The Fading Cosmos, premiered in October, and ran for 13 episodes. Crunchyroll also streamed both parts of the second season.
The franchise has also inspired a six-episode spinoff series titled Mon-Soni! D'Artagnan no Idol Sengen (MSonic!), which premiered in June 2017.