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First Staff & Character Designs Revealed for “Ingress” Anime

This isn’t the true horror… soon, everyone will be in your yard to close a portal!

Earlier today, fans of the Ingress smartphone game flocked to the Fukuoka for the Mission Day Fukuoka/XM Festival Fukuoka fan event. During the presentation, the main staff, as well as several character designs and a teaser visual for the Ingress anime were revealed.

We break the details down below:


Yūhei Sakuragi (The Relative Worlds) was tapped to direct the project at Craftar, with Takeshi Honda (Millennium Actress, Den-noh Coil) providing the original (pre-animation) character designs. The team of Sōki Tsukishima and Tora Tsukishima are in charge of series composition.

Other confirmed crew members include:

  • Assistant Director: Yoshinari Irikawa
  • Animation Director: Maru Kobayashi
  • Art Director: Hiroshi Katō
  • Art Director: Hirofumi Sakagami
  • Assistant Art Director: Houmi Arai
  • Music: Hidehiro Kawai
  • CG Director: Atsushi Furukawa
  • Modeling Director: Masashi Miyaoka
  • Director of Photography: Tatsuya Nomura (Not that one)

Character Designs

Visuals for Makoto, Jack, and Sara were revealed, which you can check out below:

Teaser Visual

The teaser visual features an industrial facade, split down the diagonal from the top-right. On the right half, the tint is green. On the left, blue.

Ingress will be a launch title for Fuji TV’s new +Ultra programming block, which kicks off in October.

Ingress is a location-based, augmented-reality mobile game from Niantic, which launched on the Android mobile operating system in November 2012. The game later reached Apple’s iOS in July 2014. The game boasts more than eight million downloads, and seven million players.

An update for the game, titled Ingress Prime was unveiled in December 2017. The update is due to hit later this year, though a specific date hasn’t been specified.

The title itself boasts a sci-fi backstory, which is used to motivate players to travel to various real-world spots to claim “portals.” Niantic describes the plot as:

This world around you is not what it seems. Our future is at stake, and you must choose a side.
A mysterious energy has been unearthed by a team of scientists in Europe. The origin and purpose of this force is unknown, but some researchers believe it is influencing the way we think. We must control it or it will control us.

“The Enlightened” seek to embrace the power that this energy may bestow upon us.

“The Resistance” struggle to defend, and protect what’s left of our humanity.

Install Ingress and transform your world.

Which side are you on?

Sources: Comic Natalie, Anime! Anime!

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Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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