Earlier today, Sega hosted a live streaming event for Phantasy Star Online 2. During the presentation, a new trailer, as well as the main cast and crew members were revealed for upcoming anime series Phantasy Star Online 2: Episode Oracle.
We break the details down below.
The two-minute trailer cuts between action scenes, as character dialogue conveys the main story beats. A soaring orchestral theme plays in the background.
Masaki Tachibana (Barakamon, Princess Principal) will helm the project at Gonzo, with Shinpei Koikawa providing character designs. Hiroshi Ohnogi (Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) is in charge of series composition.
Other confirmed crew members include:
- Scripts: Hiroshi Ohnogi
- Scripts: Shigeru Morita
- Scripts: Bunsei Asanuma
- Sound Director: Eriko Kimura
- 3DCG Production: Felix Film
The confirmed voice cast includes:
- Ash: Daisuke Ono
- Afin: Hiro Shimono
- Matoi: Satomi Satou
- Xion: Megumi Ogata
- Zeno: Ryohei Kimura
- Echo: Yōko Hikasa
- Luther: Takahiro Sakurai
- Gettemhart: Nobuo Tobita
- Melphonshina: Kana Hanazawa
All characters, aside from Daisuke Ono, are reprising their roles from the Phantasy Star Online 2 game.
Phantasy Star Online 2: Episode Oracle will air in October on Tokyo MX and BS11, among other networks. Twenty-five episodes are planned. The title will adapt the first three Episodes of the game, in addition to an original story. The game currently spans five Episodes, with the sixth slated to launch on April 24.
This is the second Phantasy Star Online 2 anime TV series to be produced. The first adaptation, Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation, launched in the Winter 2016 broadcast season. Keiichiro Kawaguchi directed the project at Telecom Animation Film, with Miho Yano and Minoko Takasu providing character designs. Mitsutaka Hirota was in charge of series composition.
Sentai Filmworks holds the rights to Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation, which they describe as:
Phantasy Star Online 2 is the most popular game on the web, and almost everyone at Seiga Academy is deeply immersed in it. When the school administration begins to worry that the game is causing more harm than good, student council president Rina Izumi sets out to prove PSO2’s virtual positives. To confirm her opinion, she recruits Itsuki Tachibana, one of the few students who isn’t already hooked, and instructs him to learn how to play so she can study the effects. What at first seems like a brilliant and simple plan instead lifts the lid off a Pandora ’s Box filled with unexpected complications. As Itsuki’s life undergoes a rapid transformation, it soon becomes clear that PSO2 may be much more than merely a game! In fact, a whole new world waits on the other side of the net in PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2 – THE ANIMATION!
Source: Twitter (sega_pso2)