Live Animation Heart x Algorhythm Gets 2nd Season in Fall

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Kemono Friends' studio, producer joins "virtual idol project" with Minori Suzuki, Emiri Iwai

The official website for the Live Animation Heart x Algorhythm "virtual idol project" anime announced on Thursday that a second season has been green-lit. Yaoyorozu anime studio (Kemono Friends) and Just Production (Tesagure! Bukatsu-mono Encore) will oversee the production, and producer Yoshitada Fukuhara (Kemono Friends, Love Rice) is credited as producer. DMM.futureworks is collaborating on the motion capture work and 3D CG production, and the company's W-Toon Studio is animating the series. Dwango is collaborating on the interactive elements and streaming.

The second season will premiere this fall in both China and Japan.

The project is a joint project between NTT Docomo in Japan and Migu in China.

The first season streamed from August to October last year with eight episodes. The project is billed as the "first animated live documentary variety program." The anime streamed on Nico Nico in Japan.

KEI (Hatsune Miku) designed the two main characters pictured above. Voice actresses Minori Suzuki (Macross Delta's Freya) voiced the character Kilin (left in picture above), and Emiri Iwai (Love Live! Sunshine!!, Girlish Number) voiced the character Xi (right).

The virtual idol Kilinis a native Japanese speaker, and she loves Japanese culture. She is passionate and hates to lose. The virtual idol Xi is a native Chinese speaker, and she loves Chinese culture. She is quiet and does things at her own pace.

Minarai Diva (Diva-in-Training), an anime series animated with the MikuMikuDance software and motion-capture technology, aired in Japan in summer 2014. The staff of the project promoted the show as the first ever live anime program. The lines and songs of the characters were performed live, along with their movements through motion-capture technology.

Source: Live Animation Heart x Algorhythm's official website, Animate Times, Anime! Anime! (Kōtarō Nakase)

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