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BanG Dream!'s Argonavis Boy Band Gets 2020 Anime, Game Projects

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda

Bushiroad announced in an event on Tuesday that the BanG Dream! franchise's Argonavis all-male band will have both an anime and a game project. The announcement did not specify the anime's format, but noted that the anime will "broadcast" in spring 2020. The game, titled Argonavis from BanG Dream! AASide will debut in the latter half of 2020. Bushiroad also revealed two new all-male bands named GYROAXIA and Fantôme Iris, with the vocalist character for GYROAXIA, Nayuta Asahi, voiced by Jin Ogasawara, and the vocalist for Fantôme Iris, Felix Louis-Claude, voiced by Arthur Lounsbury. Both bands, along with Argonavis, will appear in the game.

Hiroshi Nishikiori (Azumanga Daioh, A Certain Magical Index, Trinity Seven) is directing the anime at SANZIGEN, and Hikaru Miyoshi (Kanshikan Tsunemori Akane) is the character designer for both the anime and the game. Nobuhiro Mōri is writing and supervising both the anime and the game's script.

The Argonavis AASide game's story will be set after the story of the anime. The game will have both adventure game and rhythm game elements.

Bushiroad announced the Argonavis group in May 2018. The group is comprised of the characters Ren Nanahoshi (Masahiro Ito, vocals), Yūto Goryō (Daisuke Hyūga, guitar), Wataru Matoba (Seiji Maeda, bass), Banri Shiroishi (Shōhei Hashimoto, drums), and Rio Kikyō (Shūta Morishima, keyboards).

Bushiroad President Takaaki Kidani previously posted on Twitter that the male version of BanG Dream! has a different world setting from the existing BanG Dream!'s world setting. The characters from the two world settings will not intermingle, and he emphasized that the male version is a completely separate work. He added that he himself does not want to see male characters appear in the BanG Dream! franchise's existing world setting (except for the characters' fathers), although he noted that this is his personal opinion.

The main BanG Dream! television anime's first 13-episode season premiered in January 2017, and Anime Network Online and Crunchyroll streamed the first season as it aired in Japan. The anime's second season premiered on January 3. Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime, and HIDIVE and Crunchyroll both streamed the series as it aired. The BanG Dream! 3rd Season television anime will debut in January 2020.

The franchise also inspired an anime film titled BanG Dream! FILM LIVE, which opened in 56 theaters in Japan on September 13. The film has sold about 152,000 tickets to earn more than 300 million yen (about US$2.75 million) at the Japanese box office as of October 27.

The BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! game app inspired DMM.futureworks and SANZIGEN's BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! ☆ Pico mini anime, which premiered in July 2018. A spinoff anime titled Pastel Life premiered in May 2018.

Thanks to Scarlet Fairy for the news tips

Source: Bushiroad's announcement live stream

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