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Gen Urobuchi Writes Robotic Mecha 3D CG Anime 'OBSOLETE'

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
YouTube Original series featuring neurally controlled Exoframe mecha from Hiroki Yamada, Seiichi Shirato, studio Buemon

YouTube and Bandai Namco Arts revealed a new 3D CG anime titled OBSOLETE on Wednesday. Writer Gen Urobuchi is in charge of the series scripts for the new anime, which will debut as a YouTube Original on the Bandai Namco Arts YouTube channel in December. The latest episodes will be available first to paid members, before streaming for free for other viewers. The anime's website unveiled an English-subtitled teaser trailer and teaser visual:

The "real robot" anime is set on Earth in an alternate timeline with 2.55-meter-tall (about 8.4-foot-tall) neurally operated mecha known as Exoframes (Enhanced Xenobiological Organic FRAMEs, seen below). The Exoframe technology originated from aliens who made contact with humanity in 2014, and asked to trade one ton of limestone in exchange for one Exoframe. Cheaper than aircraft, tanks, or firearms, and usable by anyone, Exoframe usage easily spread throughout the world.

Hiroki Yamada (Kaze no Matasaburo) and Seiichi Shirato (research for Jormungand, Joker Game, Princess Principal) are directing the anime at the CG animation studio Buemon.

Urobuchi is a member of the creative group Nitroplus. Under the Nitroplus label, Urobuchi has written visual novels such as Phantom of Inferno, Kikokugai: The Cyber Slayer, and Saya no Uta. He wrote the Fate/Zero novel series, a prequel to Kinoko Nasu and Type-Moon's Fate/stay night visual novel. Phantom of Inferno was adapted into the Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ television anime, and Fate/Zero was similarly adapted into a television anime. He has written anime including Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Psycho-Pass, Expelled from Paradise, and some episodes of the second season of Concrete Revolutio. His latest work is the Thunderbolt Fantasy puppet series, and he also wrote the Godzilla anime film trilogy by POLYGON PICTURES.

Nitroplus president and executive producer Digitarou previously revealed earlier this month that Urobuchi was working on the scenario for a new "hardcore mecha" work tentatively titled "Project O."

Sources: OBSOLETE website, Bandai Namco Arts YouTube channel, Comic Natalie

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