Animax is bringing out the big gifts for their birthday.

Earlier today, Animax announced that, as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations, they will produce an anime TV series and smartphone game titled Akanesasu Shōjo. An official website opened its doors with a key visual, plus the first staffers on the anime project. We break the details down below.

Key Visual

The visual features the titular girl, standing on a red and black platform, clad in a school uniform. Below, the girl is reflected in battle gear, with a sword strapped to her back.


Jin Tamamura (Iron Vendetta) was tapped to direct the project at studios Dandelion Animation Studio and Jūmonji, with Yuuichi Abe (SD Gundam Force, Gundam Evolve OVA 1) serving as series director. Hiroki Harada (Sweetness & Lightning, Jewelpet: Magical Change) will provide character designs, while Shogo Yasukawa (Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, Mitsuboshi Colors) takes charge of series composition.

Ryūtarō Nakahara, under the pseudonym Ryu☆, will score the soundtrack. The theme song will be performed by Kenji Itō.

Other confirmed crew members include:

  • Original Concept: Kōtarō Uchikoshi
  • Original Character Design: Hiroyuki Asada
  • Original Character Design: Masakazu Katsura
  • Concept Artist: Hiroyuki Asada
  • Sci-Fi Setting: Hiroshi Yamamoto


Akanesasu Shōjo will be offered on Animax, as well as the company’s “Animax on PlayStation” service, among other digital platforms.

As of press time, little is known about the smartphone game, outside of the fact that it will be a free-to-start title.

Animax is a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan and AK Holdings. The network, which is based in Tokyo’s Minato prefecture, launched on May 20,1998. The network operates linear networks in Japan, Asia (South East Asia, Philippines, Hong Kong and Taiwan), and South Korea, as well as Video-on-Demand services in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Notable shareholders of Animax include Sunrise, Toei Animation, TMS Entertainment, and Nihon Ad Systems.

Sources: Comic Natalie, Ota-suke