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SHAFT Makes TV Anime for Azone's Assault Lily Doll Franchise

posted on by Egan Loo
This Ugly Yet Beautiful World's Shouji Saeki helms anime about girls training to protect Earth

The official Twitter account for the Assault Lily Project announced on Sunday that the studio SHAFT is producing the new television anime Assault Lily Bouquet. The Assault Lily Project is a mixed-media franchise based on 1/12-scale action dolls and figures conceived by the doll maker AZONE International and the creative group acus in 2013.

The tagline on the anime's website reads, "A rhapsody of petals dancing on the frontline." The theme of the project centers around battles waged by beautiful girls with weapons.

The project's website describes its story:

On Earth in the near future, humanity faced imminent destruction from mysterious giant creatures known as "Huge." The entire world unites against the Huge, and successfully develops weaponry known as "CHARM" (Counter Huge Arms) by combining science and magic. CHARM exhibits high rates of synchronization with teenaged girls, and the girls who use CHARM are viewed as heroes called "Lilies." Throughout the world, "Garden" military academies are established to train Lilies to face the Huge and to serve as bases to protect and guide people. This is a story about fighting girls who aim to become Lilies at one such Garden.

The cast members are starring in both the anime and Bushiroad's Assault Lily: League of Gardens stage play that will run at Tokyo's Shinjuku Face venue from January 9 to January 15:

Hikaru Akao as Riri Hitotsuyanagi

Yūko Natsuyoshi as Yuyu Shirai

Mikako Izawa as Kaede Johan Nouvelle

Rimi Nishimoto as Fumi Futagawa

Risa Tsumugi as Tazusa Andō

Haruki Iwata as Thi Mai Yoshimura

Sana Hoshimori as Kuo Shenlin

Hikaru Tohno as Wang Yujia

Karin Takahashi as Miliam Hildegard von Globius

Shouji Saeki (Medaka Box, This Ugly Yet Beautiful World, He Is My Master) is directing the anime at SHAFT, and Mieko Hosoi (Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju, Fate/Grand Order The Movie Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot, Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions) is designing the characters.

Sources: Assault Lily Bouquet anime's website, Comic Natalie

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