Philippine television channel HERO TV began airing a teaser commercial on Sunday showing its new anime programming for 2016. The titles teased include Buddy Complex, Yuki Yuna Is a Hero, The Fruit of Grisaia, Fantasista Doll, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Blue Spring Ride, Your Lie in April, Dragon Collection and Gourmet Girl Graffiti.
Sunrise's robot television anime series Buddy Complex revolves around the friendship and coming-of-age of two boys. It begins with Aoba Watase, a boy who goes to high school in Tokyo and lives a carefree daily life. On the morning of his school's opening ceremony after summer vacation, he goes to campus as usual, but he has a chance encounter with another boy. The other boy's name is Jyunyou Dio Weinberg. Their encounter will soon alter the fate of the world.
The series premiered in Japan in January 2014. "Hajime Yatate," the collective pen name for the Sunrise animation staffers, is credited with the original story concept. Yasuhiro Tanabe (episode director on Battle Spirits: Brave, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere) directed the series off scripts supervised by the "BC Project." Tomoshige Inayoshi and Asako Inayoshi served as both character designers and animation directors. Kanta Suzuki, Hiroki Tokuda, Tomohiro Kawahara, and Hiroyuki Taiga designed the mecha. Tatsuya Katou composed the music. True contributed the opening theme song "Unisonia," while ChouCho performed the ending them "Ano Sora ni Kaeru Mirai de."
Yuki Yuna Is a Hero's (Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru) story takes place in the era of the gods, year 300. Yūna Yūki lives an ordinary life as a second year middle school student, but she's also a member of the "Hero Club," where club activities involve dealing with a mysterious being called "Vertex."
The series premiered in Japan in October 2014. Seiji Kishi (Persona 4 The Animation, Danganronpa The Animation) directed the series based on an original plan by Takahiro (Akame ga KILL!) at Studio Gokumi. Makoto Uezu handled series composition and BUNBUN designed the characters.
The Fruit of Grisaia takes place at the private Mihama Academy, where five girls who seem normal attend the school due to "certain reasons." A sixth student "with reasons" named Yūji Kazami transfers in. Yūji has an ego with such darkness that he does not fade in comparison to the five girls, who are so different from the norm. As they each meet each other, they deepen their understanding of one another. Through the small bits of progress they make, each of their hearts will be affected. When Yūji arrives, a story of girls who are trapped by their pasts begins.
The series is based on Frontwing's visual novel of the same name. The series premiered in Japan in October 2014. Tensho (Kin-iro Mosaic) directed the series at 8-Bit with character designs and chief animation direction by Akio Watanabe (Monogatari Series Second Season, The World God Only Knows). Elements Garden composed the music for the soundtrack. A sequel anime special titled The Labyrinth of Grisaia and The Eden of Grisaia premiered in April 2015, similarly based on Frontwing visual novels of the same name.
In Fantasista Doll's science-fiction story, Uzume Uno (played by Ayaka Ohashi) is an ordinary second-year middle school student who comes into possession of five "dolls" who fight and power up with special cards. The cast for the dollls include Minami Tsuda as Sasara, Sora Tokui as Katia, Chinatsu Akasaki as Shimeji, Akiko Hasegawa as Akari, and Sayaka Ohara as Madeleine. The main cast also performed the opening and ending theme songs.
The series premiered in Japan in July 2013. Hisashi Saito directed the anime at the studio Hoods Entertainment from Goro Taniguchi's original concept. Hiromi Kato adapted Anmi's original character designs for the anime and also served as chief animation director, and Yasuharu Takanashi provided the music.
Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma is based on Yūto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki's manga of the same name. Both the original comedy manga and the anime centers on Sōma, who works with his dad at his family's restaurant. His dad is a culinary master, and he often hosts cooking battles with his father. His father then enrolls him in an elite culinary school that is very difficult to enter, and the graduation rate is only about 10 percent.
The series premiered in Japan last April. Yoshitomo Yonetani (Gaogaigar, Betterman) directed the anime at J.C. Staff. Shogo Yasukawa (Terraformars, Hyperdimension Neptunia, Invaders of the Rokujyōma!?) was in charge of the series scripts, and Tomoyuki Shitaya (Bakuman., BlazBlue Alter Memory, Hatsukoi Limited) designed the characters. Jin Aketagawa was the sound director, and Tatsuya Katou (Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya, Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club, Medaka Box) composed the soundtrack.
A second season of the anime has been green-lit.
The Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo) anime is based on Miki Yoshikawa's manga of the same name. The story begins when high school boy Yamada bumps into the beautiful female honor student Shiraishi on the stairs, and their lips touch as they fall. When they regain their wits, they realize that they have swapped bodies. As time progresses, the two realize that this is not the only mysterious happening in the school.
The series premiered in Japan last April. Tomoki Takuno ([email protected]: XENOGLOSSIA, Love Live! School idol project episode director) directed the anime at LIDEN FILMS with assistant director Fumiaki Usui. Michiko Yokote wrote and supervised the series scripts. Eriko Iida (Love Live! School idol project episode animation director) designed the characters and served as chief animation director. Yota Tsuruoka (Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club, Puella Magi Madoka Magica) was the sound director, and Masaru Yokoyama composed the music.
Blue Spring Ride adapts a manga series by Io Sakisaka. The story revolves around Futaba, a girl who was in love with a boy named Kō Tanaka in middle school. However, after a misunderstanding, their relationship as friends ends when he transfers schools over summer vacation. In high school, her world is turned around once again when she meets Kō again, this time under the name of Kō Mabuchi.
The series premiered in Japan in July 2014. Ai Yoshimura (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU) directed the series at Production I.G, and Tomoko Konparu (Kimi ni Todoke, Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love 1000%, Sunday Without God) was in charge of the scripts.
Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso) is based on Naoshi Arakawa's manga. The story centers on Kōsei Arima, once a childhood piano prodigy who lost his ability to play the piano and became unable to hear notes when his mother, his mentor, passed away. He had abandoned any intention to play the piano, until his friends introduce him to Kaori Miyazono, a young and vibrant violinist. Slowly, she turns Kōsei back to playing music, and finally triggers in him the process of moving on.
The series premiered in Japan in October 2014. Kyōhei Ishiguro (Fairy Tail, Psycho-Pass episode director) directed the anime at A-1 Pictures off scripts by Takao Yoshioka (High School DxD, WATAMOTE). Yukiko Aikei (Accel World, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere) served as character designer and chief animation director. Masaru Yokoyama (Queen's Blade, Freezing Vibration) composed the music, while Jin Aketagawa (High School DxD, anohana) was the sound director.
Dragon Collection centers on Hiro Enryu, a boy who enters the world of the Dragon Collection game. There, he finds about Dracolle Battlers, who wander in the world of Dragon Earth bearing magical books called Grimoires that allow them to summon monsters and aid in finding treasures. There, Hiro becomes a Dracolle Battler himself, and embarks on a quest alongside newfound friends to become the Dragon Master.
The series premiered in April 2014. Konami's social game Dragon Collection debuted on the GREE mobile phone platform in Japan in 2010, and it already inspired Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Kyōta Shibano's Dragon Collection: Ryū o Suberu Mono manga from 2011 to 2012. The game also spawned a trading card arcade game in 2013.
Gourmet Girl Graffiti's story follows Ryō, a middle school girl who lives by herself. She has a knack for cooking, and she makes friendships with everyone through her food. The cooking manga is "full of detailed cuisine art to whet the appetite and slightly erotic meal scenes." The "kōfuku" in the title is a wordplay on two Japanese homonyms — one that means "happiness," and another that means "appetite."
The series premiered in Japan last January. Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Monogatari series director Akiyuki Shinbo helmed Gourmet Girl Graffiti as chief director at SHAFT, and Naoyuki Tatsuwa (Nisekoi, Katteni Kaizō) directed the series. Mari Okada (Selector Infected Wixoss, AKB0048) was in charge of series composition, and Kazuya Shiotsuki (Nisekoi chief animation director, Madoka Magica animation director) designed the characters. Toshiki Kameyama served as sound director and Flying Dog was in charge of music.
[Via Anime Pilipinas]