As we begin heading into the period where a good majority of new anime seasons begin airing in Japan, Aniplex of America have added a new title to their Fall 2015 line-up. The publisher have announced they now hold rights to The Asterisk War (Aka. Gakusen Toshi Asutarisuku | 学戦都市アスタリスク), and will be simulcasting the series as of October 3rd 2015. Unlike several of their previous anime simulcasts, Aniplex of America have confirmed plans to exclusively stream at least the season premiere (possibly the entire season) via CrunchyRoll.
This anime adaptation is based on the original light novel work by Yuu Miyazaki, and features animation by A-1 Pictures. Other production team members include okiura (Original character design), Manabu Ono (General Director), Kenji Seto (Director), Tetsuya Kawakami (Character Design and Animation Director) and Rasmus Faber (Music). among others.
The cast includes the likes of Atsushi Tamaru (Ayato Amagiri), Ai Kakuma (Julis-Alexia von Riessfelt), Nao Toyama (Claudia Enfield), Shiori Izawa (Saya Sasamiya), Ari Ozawa (Kirin Toudou), Yuuma Uchida (Eishiro Yabuki), Takanori Hoshino (Lester MacPhail), Chinatsu Akasaki (Ernesta Kuhne), Mutsumi Tamura (Camilla Pareto), Yumi Uchiyama (Irene Urzaiz), Juri Nagatsuma (Priscilla Urzaiz) and Tomokazu Sugita (Dirk Eberwein). A synopsis of this series can be found at the bottom of this post.
The Asterisk War is now licensed in North America by Aniplex of America, with simulcasting set to begin on October 3rd 2015. An Australian/New Zealand simulcast has yet to be announced.
Storyline Overview for The Asterisk War
Invertia (meteor storm)… an unprecedented disaster that struck the world during the 20th century. Because of this disaster, numerous cities around the world were destroyed. However, within the meteor, an unknown element called mana (the all-encompassing element), was discovered, which allowed human technology to make rapid strides. This also gave rise to a new species of human born with unique skills – the Star Pulse Generation (Genestella).
The setting for the world’s greatest comprehensive battle spectacle, the Festas (Star Warrior Festivals), is an academy city above the water surrounded by six academies called “Rikka,” also commonly known as “Asterisk.” Having transferred into Seidoukan Academy in order to fulfill his own wish, scholarship student Ayato Amagiri swears he too will fight in this city.
Burning souls race… The curtain rises on this school battle spectacle!