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Date A Bullet Anime Reveals Staff, Theatrical Anime Format, Visual

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Jun Nakagawa directs anime at Geek Toys

Kadokawa's livestream announced on Saturday that the previously announced anime adaptation of Yuichiro Higashide's Date A Live Fragment: Date A Bullet spinoff novels is a theatrical anime that will have event screenings.

The livestream also announced the anime's staff. Jun Nakagawa (episode director for Killing Bites, Saki Episode of Side A) is directing the anime at Geek Toys (Plunderer, RErideD). Novel author Yuichiro Higashide (School-Live!, Fate/Apocrypha) is writing the script, and Naoto Nakamura (High School Fleet) is designing the characters. NOCO is credited with the original character designs.

The anime will star Asami Sanada as Kurumi Tokisaki.

Kadokawa published the first Date A Live Fragment: Date A Bullet novel volume in March 2017, and Kadokawa shipped the sixth volume on March 19. NOCO illustrates the novels.

Tachibana launched the main Date A Live light novel series in March 2011 with illustrations by Tsunako. Kadokawa's Fantasia Bunko imprint published the 22nd and final volume (pictured at right) of the novels on March 19. The series has 6 million copies in print worldwide.

The first season of the Date A Live television anime adaptation aired 12 episodes and premiered in 2013. The second season aired 10 episodes and premiered in 2014. Funimation streamed the first and second seasons as they aired in Japan. The company also released the first season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in June 2014 with an English dub, and released the second season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in March 2016. The Gekijōban Date A Live: Mayuri Judgment anime film opened in Japan in August 2015.

The third season premiered in January 2019 and aired for 12 episodes. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired, and Funimation offered a simuldub.

A fourth season is in the works.

The light novels have inspired several manga and video games. Compile Heart is developing a new game titled Date A Live Ren Dystopia, which is planned to release for the PlayStation 4 this year after a delay.

Sources: Kadokawa livestream, Comic Natalie

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