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Ingress Game Gets 'Real-Time Story' That Connects With Anime

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Hiroo Sasaki joins anime's cast as Hank Johnson

The "Cassandra Prime Sapporo" event for Niantic's AR game revealed on Friday that the game will have a "real-time story" that takes place in the same timeline as the game's anime adaptation. The anime's scriptwriter Tora Tsukishima (seen left in image at right) is writing the story.

The story will begin in Sapporo, where the real-world event was held on Friday. The story will follow the trail of the anime's characters Sarah, Makoto, and Jack leading up to the anime's premiere in October. The in-game story will be split into various parts embedded in regional Portals. Players will have to work together to solve the mystery and complete the story.

The anime's official website will open a special page for the "real-time story" on August 15. The page will reveal story episodes as players uncover the story.

The anime's staff also revealed the new character Hank Johnson, who also appears in the original game. Hiroo Sasaki (Kuroko's Basketball's Hiroshi Fukuda, Glitter Force's Akanbee) will voice the character.

The anime will debut in October and stream worldwide on Netflix. The anime will also air on Fuji TV's new "+Ultra" programming block starting in October. The show will also air in Japan on Kansai Telecasting Corporation, Tokai Television Broadcasting, Television Nishinippon Corporation, Hokkaido Cultural Broadcasting, and BS Fuji.

The show's English website describes the story:

Since he was little, Makoto had a strange power which enabled him to read the memories of objects he touched.
Hiding his uncontrollable power, he works as a special agent in the police force. One day, while investigating an explosion at a laboratory that researches a unknown substance called “XM”, he sees a mysterious memory.
The memory was from Sarah's ring, who was the sole survivor of the accident.
It was a sight of a person being swallowed into a red light and disappearing.
Makoto becomes embroiled in a massive conspiracy.
The battle for “XM”, a material that could affect human mind, starts now――

The anime stars:

Yoshiki Nakajima as Makoto

Reina Ueda as Sarah

Shigeo Kiyama as Jack

Additionally, Megumi Ogata will play Artificial Intelligence ADA.

Niantic launched Ingress in 2012, and the company revealed a sequel titled Ingress Prime in December. The new sequel is slated for this fall.

Yūhei Sakuragi (The Relative Worlds) is directing the anime at Craftar with assistant director Yoshinari Irikawa, and Sōki Tsukishima (Final Fantasy Type-0: Change the World novels) and Tora Tsukishima are writing the scripts. Hidehiro Kawai (The Relative Worlds, Phantom of the Kill -Zero Kara no Hangyaku-) is composing the music. Takeshi Honda (Beyond, Blue Submarine No. 6, Den-noh Coil, Millennium Actress) is credited with the original character designs. Atsushi Furukawa is the CGI director, and Hiroshi Katō (Totonyan) and Hirofumi Sakagami are directing the art with assistance by Hōmi Arai. Masashi Miyaoka is serving as modeling director. Maru Kobayashi is the animation director, and Tatsuya Nomura is the director of photography.

The app has inspired several manga adaptations.

Sources: Ingress anime's website, Comic Natalie

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