The Girls’ Frontline smartphone game, which made its debut in 2016 in mainland China, is receiving an anime adaptation that’s produced by Warner Brothers Japan. It just released a full trailer and more information on the staff, as well as news that the anime adaptation will come out sometime in 2022. Take a look at the trailer, which is partly subtitled in English.
“After the end of World War III,” the trailer begins. “The tactical dolls of ‘SANGVIS FERRI,’ the major military company, suddenly turned against humanity. The PMC ‘GRIFFIN’ tries to disrupt by using ‘AR Team’, their elite tactical dolls unit.”
The anime’s director is Shigeru Ueda of Peach Boy Riverside, while Hideyuki Kurata of Made in Abyss is tasked with writing the series. Character designs are being done by Masaki Yamada, who previously worked on Deadman Wonderland and Tiger & Bunny. It’s being animated by Asahi Productions.
Looking to the cast, here’s what we know so far: Haruka Tomatsu will play M4A1M, Nozomi Yamane will play M16A1, Emiri Katō will play ST AR-15, and Yukari Tamura will play M4 SOPMOD II.
Sunborn Network, the company that came out with Girls’ Frontline, was founded by a Chinese doujin game circle known as Mica Team. An English version came out in May 2018, two years after the game’s premiere, and a few months later the Japanese version was released.
The game has done so well that, in addition to the anime, Sunborn Network is working on the followup, Girls’ Frontline 2: Exilium. Another game they’re developing is Reverse Collapse: Code Name Bakery, which is not a direct sequel to Girls’ Frontline, but it does take place within the same universe.
The anime adaptation was supposed to come out in 2021, but many things have had their schedules thrown off by COVID and its fallout.