On Sunday, Kadokawa’s official YouTube page began streaming a “hyper teaser” video for the Bullbuster franchise’s next television anime. The teaser is the first glimpse of anime footage. The franchise also made a stage appearance at the Kitakyushu Pop Culture Festival on the same day.
Check out the video below!
In the anime’s plot, a young engineer called Tetsuro Okino is transferred to Hato Industries, a corporation that exterminates dangerous animals, after developing the new robot Bullbuster. There, the corporation and its president, Koji Tajima, are pitted against a mysterious lifeform known as “Kyojuu.” As a small business with limited resources, Hato must account for every expense, including fuel and pilot labor. Missed shots, of course, are not permitted. The company is constantly caught between its aspirations of Kyooju eradication and the realities of economics.
The planning and original work are credited to film director Hiroyuki Nakao and P.I.C.S. The original character designs were created by Eisaku Kubonouchi (Carole & Tuesday’s original character design). Hiroyasu Aoki (director of Hero Mask) is directing the anime and overseeing the series scripts at NUT. Takahisa Katagiri (animation director for FLCL Progressive, Hero Mask) is the principal animation director and is translating Kubonuouchi’s designs into animation. The mechanical designer is Junji Okubo (Overlord monster design).
Some of the cast announced for the upcoming anime are:
- Asami Seto (The voice of Mai Sakurajima from Bunny Girl Senpai) as Arumi ikaidō
- Yūki Takada (the voice of Elma from Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid) as Miyuki Shirogane
- Shinichiro Miki (the voice of Pedro from One Piece) as Kōji Tajima
- Shōya Chiba (the voice of Ayanokouji from Classroom of the Elite) as Tetsurō Okino
- Ken Uo (the voice of Katsuya’s father from Fruits Basket) as Kintarō Kataoka
- Taiten Kusunoki (the voice of Ibuki from Beastars) as Ginnosuke Mutō
The anime will debut in 2023.
The franchise began with a concept book distributed at the Comic Market (Comiket) and COMITIA conventions. The book is based on the idea that “this is an economically legitimate robot hero story.” Project members include Nakao, Kubonouchi, science-fiction writer Yuuya Takashima, and Okubo.
In the franchise, Kadokawa has published two novels. The original work is credited to Nakao, and the novels are written by Seiji Ebihara.
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