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Aniplex USA has announced its licensing of The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water (known as Gakusen Toshi Asterisk in Japan) for release in North America. The company will stream the series on Crunchyroll starting when it premieres on October 3.

Aniplex has released its description of the story:

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!

The series is an anime adaptation of the light novel series by the same title by author Yuu Miyazaki and illustrator okiura, which began in 2012, with the eighth volume released on May 25. The series has also spawned two manga series, an adaptation by Ningen and a spinoff titled Gakusen Toshi Asterisk Gaiden: Queenveil no Tsubasa by Shou Akane.

The anime series features an opening theme by Shiena Nishizawa, and the ending theme “Waiting for the Rain” by Maaya Sakamoto.


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