The previously announced Shangri-La Frontier anime will premiere in October this year. A second trailer and a key visual were released. Studio C2C is animating the series.
Toshiyuki Kubooka is directing the series, while Hiroki Ikeshita serves as an assistant director. Meanwhile, Kazuyuki Fudeyasu is doing the scripts and the series composition, Ayumi Kurashima is the chief animation director and character designer, and Satoshi Sakai is the action and effects director. The cast for Shangri-La Frontier anime includes:
- Yuma Uchida as Sunraku/Rakuro Hizutome
- Azumi Waki as Psyger-0/Rei Saiga
- Yoko Hikasa as Arthur Pencilgon/Towa Amane
- Makoto Koichi as Oicazzo/Kei Uomi
- Rina Hidaka as Emul
- Akio Otsuka as Vysache
Shangri-La Frontier is based on a novel series by Katarina, which began serialization on the self-publishing Shosetsuka ni Naro website in 2017. The novel doesn’t have an official printed release but a manga adaptation, with illustrations by Ryosuke Fuji, has been serialized by Kodansha in its Shonen Magazine Comics since 2020. Kodansha USA is publishing it in English.
Crunchyroll licensed the anime outside of Japan, describing the plot as:
“When was the last time I played a game that wasn’t crap?” This is a world in the near future where games that use display screens are classified as retro. Anything that can’t keep up with state-of-the-art VR technology is called a “crap game,” and you see a large number of crap games coming out. Those who devote their lives to clearing these games are called “crap-game hunters,” and Rakuro Hizutome is one of them. The game he’s chosen to tackle next is Shangri-La Frontier, a “god-tier game” that has a total of thirty million players. Online friends… An expansive world… Encounters with rivals… These are changing Rakuro and all the other players’ fates! The best game adventure tale by the strongest “crap game” player begins now!
Source: Official Website
© Katarina, Ryosuke Fuji, Kodansha / “Shangri-La Frontier” Production Committee