The official website for Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation (PSO2: The Animation) recently released the 2nd promotional video for the anime adaptation. Along with the new PV the website also released a new key visual (shown above) and set the date for when the anime would premiere. You can check out the PV below.
PSO2: The Animation is set to premiere on January 7, 2016. It will broadcast first on TBS at 1:46 AM. It is then scheduled to air on CBC, MBS and BS-TBS after the initial airing. A special screening of the first episode will take place on December 29. It will occur during a special pre-broadcast talk show featuring Shouta Aoi, the director, and the producers of the anime at Tokyo’s Theatre Shinjuku.
The show will have a large cast of characters including:
- Shouta Aoi as Itsuki Tachibana
- Ayaka Suwa as Rina Izumi
- M.A.O as Aika Suzuki
- Nobunaga Shimazaki as Kōta Kayano
- Takuya Satō as Masaya Kudō
- Rie Murakawa as Mika Konoe
- Aki Kanada as Yutaka Sasaki
- Shun Horie as Seiya Urisaka
- Minami Kabayama as Mayu Urisaka
- Tesshô Genda as SORO
- Kikuko Inoue as Yumiko
- Katsuyuki Konishi as Last Samurai
- Emi Nitta as Silva
- Kazuhiko Inoue as Kid
- Hiroki Takahashi as Mamoru Monzen
- Marika Kōno as Marika
- Riko Kohara as Riko
- Yurika Takagi as Yurika
You can check out the character designs below.
The anime will be produced by Telecom Animation Film. It will be directed by Keiichiro Kawaguchi. Kawaguchi has previously worked on Hayate the Combat Butler, Psychic Squad, and Sket Dance. Mitsutaka Hirota will write the scripts and Minoko Takasu will design the characters. Hirota has previously worked on Persona 4: The Animation and Takasu has previously worked as a key animator for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.
PSO2: The Animation will have a completely original story. It will follow PSO2 players on Earth in the near future.
PSO2: The Animation is the eighth project done by Sega for the 15th anniversary of the Phantasy Star Online series. It is an adaptation of the MMORPG, Phantasy Star Online 2. PSO2 was first released in Japan in 2012 for Windows PC. It has received ports to the PS Vita, Android and iOS and will receive a PS4 port in 2016.