Local television network TV5 has announced on Monday that the popular sci-fi anime Knights of Sidonia will premiere on the channel’s primetime block starting April 12.
The program will air Every Wednesday nights at 09:30pm, or right after the Philippine Basketball Association game. The anime will still be under the TV5 AniMEGA banner.
This will be the first time that an anime show will air on primetime since August 2010, when Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood was abruptly pulled from the schedule, which was the last remnant of the original “Primetime AniMEGA” block from 2008.
The television advertisement for the anime was aired on the next day.
Sidonia is the last known human settlement flying through space to escape the Gauna, gigantic alien monsters bent on its destruction. Sidonia has it’s own giant Guardians, piloted by their very best pilots, synthetic humans who are constantly training to be the best. Tanikaze Nagate has been living in Sidonia’s underground layer since birth, training on an old Guardian simulator until his grandfather passed away. Now, rejoining the synthetic humans, will he be able to protect Sidonia from the evolving Guana. (Synopsis from ANIPLUS)
Knights of Sidonia is an anime adaptation of a Japanese manga by Tsutomu Nihei, which was serialized on Kodansha’s Afternoon magazine from April 2009 to September 2015. The manga has a total of 15 volumes.
The anime adaptation was directed by Kobun Shizuno, who is also one of the directors of the highly-popular Detective Conan anime series, while Steamboy movie screenplay writer Sadayuki Murai handled the series composition. Yuki Moriyama, who worked on several Ajin adaptations, handled the anime’s character designs, which was produced by Polygon Pictures.
Knights of Sidonia is one of the several titles that was revealed in a now-deleted tweet by television network TV5 last December.
Myriad Colors Phantom World, Kantai Collection and Attack on Titan: Junior High premiered in January under the new TV5 AniMEGA banner.
Southeast Asian anime channel ANIPLUS Asia has partnered with the terrestrial network for the anime content.
In a related story, Sources tell Anime Pilipinas that TV5 will be announcing the two new titles within the coming weeks, which may premiere after the Holy Week holiday.