Filipino-language anime channel HEROtv has announced that the sci-fi romance anime Date A Live, as well as the school idol anime Love Live! are lined-up this February.
The anime channel has aired a series of teasers of the two anime programmes, as well as the Chinese animation Dragon Force, started last weekend.
Premiere date & time of the February anime titles has yet to be announced.
DATE A LIVE
30 years ago, a disaster known as a spacequake obliterated the center of Eurasia without warning, leaving 150 million corpses in its wake. Ever since that day, mankind has lived in constant fear of the spontaneously recurring spacequakes.
One day, an ordinary high school boy named Shido Itsuka discovers a mysterious girl at ground zero of a recent spacequake. Shido learns, through the help of his sister Kotori, that the girl is one of the Spirits: mystical creatures responsible for the genesis of the spacequakes. As captain of the anti-Spirit airship Ratatoskr, Kotori recruits Shido to help “seal” the sprits, thus ending their threat to mankind.
There’s just one catch: the only way to seal a spirit – is to make her fall in love with you. (Synopsis from FUNimation Entertainment)
Date A Live is an anime adaptation of a Japanese light novel series, written by Kōshi Tachibana and illustrated by Tsunako. The series is being serialized on Fujimi Shobo’s Dragon Magazine, under the Fujimi Fantasia Bunko imprint, since March 2011. It currently has nine (9) volumes.
The anime adaptation is directed by School Days director Keitaro Motonaga, while scripts are supervised by Hideki Shirane, who also worked on certain episodes of Shakugan no Shana III Final and Hayate the Combat Butler!! (Season 2). It is produced by AIC Plus+.
It was announced that the anime is set have a second season, which will air in Japan this April.
Love Live! School Idol Project
Otonokizaka High School stands on the border of three cities: Akihabara–a pop culture mecca that’s evolving by the minute; Kanda–a conservative, cultured city where history and tradition reign supreme; and Jinbo–a quiet area reserved for a more mature, sophisticated population. Amidst this culture clash, the school now faces closure due to the enrollment of fewer and fewer students.
With the school planning to close within three years, nine female students come together with one thing in mind—form a pop idol group to revive the school’s popularity and keep it from shutting down. “In order to protect our beloved school, there’s only one thing we can do…become pop stars!”
Their goal is simple: Become an overnight sensation and use their nationwide media exposure to promote their school and bring in a wave of new students to the ailing area. A simple but solid plan, they figure. Naturally, they’re nervous and wonder if this plan can really succeed, but for better or worse their new journey has begun…
“All we can ask for is just a tiny bit of support from you. We truly believe that with your help, we can change the world around us. We will make our dreams come true!” (Synopsis from NIS America)
Love Live! School Idol Project is a Japanese multimedia project co-produced by Dengeki G’s magazine of ASCII Media Works, music label Lantis, and animation studio Sunrise. The project currently has Anime, Manga, and Game adaptations.
Takahiko Kyougoku, who worked on titles like InuYasha: The Final Act, Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, and Phi-Brain: Puzzle of God, directs the anime series, while Jukki Hanada, who is the scriptwriter for titles like Chobits, Nichijou: My Ordinary Live, and Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!, handled the scripts.
The series is also set to have a second season this April.
Aside from the anime series Date A Live, Love Live! & the Chinese animation Dragon Force, Anime Pilipinas has learned that there is one more anime title that is also set to premiere next month.
We will bring you the latest updates regarding HEROtv as soon as we receive it.