Let the epic rap battles begin! “Paradox Live 3rd Anniversary Fes” revealed the main cast of the tv anime adaptation, main staff, mobile game, new stage play, and “ultra teaser visual” for Paradox Live The Animation. The anime will premiere next year with specific dates yet to be revealed.
Naoya Ando (PriPara, Love Live! Sunshine!! unit director) is directing the series at PINE JAM. Takayo Ikami (Magical Girls Site, The Case Study of Vanitas) is in charge of writing the series scripts, and Koji Haneda (The Faraway Paladin, Merman in My Tub) is overseeing the character design.
Paradox Live is a mixed-media project created by Avex Pictures and GCREST. The project, which stars 29 different voice actors, is centered on rap battles between each faction.
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In a not-so-distant future, a new movement known as “Phantom Live” will emerge from hip-hop culture. To enthuse young people on a brilliant stage, the rappers create illusions linked to their emotions by using chemically reactive accessories that contain a metal called “phantometal” with their own DNA. However, behind the scenes, they suffer from “trap reactions” as a side effect.
The story of Paradox Live follows four groups that are hugely popular in their respective genres. BAE, The Cat’s Whisker’s, cozmez, and Akanyatsura. They will lead the way to the legendary CLUB PARADOX, where the mysterious gathering will take place. The teams compete in battles to prove that their own music is number 1.
Following the collapse of CLUB PARADOX, which prevented the final battle between the winning group and the legendary duo Buraikan, the club has been rebuilt with a brand new competition to take place. Along with the current cast, four new groups have entered the ring: Visty, AMPRULE, 1Nm8, and Goku Luck. Music groups compete for the top spot by utilizing various musical styles.
Get To Know the Groups and Their Members
BAE are three friends who are studying at the same international private university. Their songs are upbeat and contain lyrics in Japanese, English, and Korean. Allen Sugasano is voiced by Gakuto Kajiwara (Komi Can’t Communicate), Yeon Hajun is voiced by Ayumu Murase (Drifting Home) and 96Neko (Flying Witch) as Anne Faulkner.
The Cat’s Whiskers are a quartet whose songs combine hip-hop and jazz elements. The team’s members are all employed at Bar 4/7, which is owned by the team leader, Naoakira. Ryōta Takeuchi (Haikyu!!) voices Naoakira Saimon, Yū Hayashi (Tokyo Revengers) voices Yohei Kanbayashi, Natsuki Hanae (Romantic Killer) voices Ryu Natsume, and Junta Terashima (Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life) voices Shiki Ando.
Cozmez (stylized in all lowercase) is a dou made up the Yatonokami twins Kanata and Nayuta. Their songs are mostly trap music with lyrics that revolve around their childhood hardships and life in the slums. Cozmez was declare the winner of the original Paradox Live competition 2021. The twins are voiced by Yūsuke Kobayashi (The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent) as Kanata and Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Durarara!!) as Nayuta.
Akanyatsura is a five-person yakuza group whose members are associated with the Suiseki clan. They regard each other as family. Their songs are primary dance-floor-oriented, incorporating elements of street urban and/or international instruments. Iori Suiseki is voiced by Takayuki Kondō (HYOUKA), Reo Maruyama is voiced by Shogō Yano (Given), Satsuki Ito is voiced by Tasuku Hatanaka (My Hero Academia), Hokusai Masaki is voiced by Shun’ichi Toki (Tokyo Revengers), and Zen Gaho is voice by Shima.
VISTY is a four-member idol group that is experiencing a drop in popularity as a result of their center member leaving. Their songs have a modern K-pop style, similar to BTS, with hip-hop elements. The actors who are lending their voices to this group are Yoshiki Nakajima (Sengoku Night Blood) as Shogo Yamato, Kashitarō Itō (Bibliophile Princess) as Toma Hikage, Aimi (Plastic Memories )as Aoi Kureha ,and Tetsuei Sumiya (Fairy Ranmaru) as Kantaro Misuji.
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Buraikan is a legendary hip-hop duo who went mysteriously underground for about a decade before the main story begins. Their songs are mostly throwbacks from the late 1990s and early 2000s. The duo is voiced by Kensho Ono (Kuroko’s Basketball) as Chisei Kuzuryu and Junichi Suwabe (Bleach) as Haruomi Shingu.
AMPRULE is a master-servant duo comprised of Hajun’s half-brother, Dongha, who wishes to destroy him in the upcoming competition, and Chunsung, the Yeon family butler who swears allegiance to Dongha. Their songs have a high-class feel to them, but they contain negative lyrics. Yeon Dongha is voiced by Marina Inoue (My Hero Academia) and Baek Chunsung us voiced by Ryōtarō Okiayu (Bleach).
1Nm8 (pronounced inmate) is a trio unit that lives under the same roof. Their songs are pure synth-pop. Their characters are voiced by Shōya Chiba (Classroom of the Elite) as Rokuta, Amatsuki (Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun) as Kei Miyama and Ryō Kitamura (Sengoku Night Blood) as Itsuki,
Goku Luck is a four-member group made up of a prison guard and three inmates. Their music specialty is rap-rock. They are voiced by Makoto Furukawa (One Punch Man) as Yuto Inukai, Shōgo Batori (Love and Lies) as Ryoga Tosa, Shinnosuke Tachibana (BLUELOCK) as Shion Kaida, and Chiaki Kobayashi (Sk8 the Infinity) as Kenta Mikoshiba.
Paradox Live’s content is primarily distributed through CDs, which include group songs, and on occasion, voice dramas that explore the character’s lives both inside and outside the competition. The Paradox Live Youtube channel has music videos for the songs and voice drama (although previews for the opening show and exhibition show CDs are on Avex’s Youtube channel). Full versions of the songs and voice drama available as physical CDs and on Spotify.
Paradox Live also has a serialized manga called Paradox Live Stage Battler “COMIC” , illustrated by naru. The manga was announced November 6, 2021 and first published in February 2022.
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