Anime Reviews Infini-T Force
Anime Reviews Infini-T Force – The original manga follows a young girl who summons a team of superheroes to save others. The anime adaptation will not adapt the story correctly. Promotional materials indicate heroes from the Tekkaman, Casshern, Gatchaman, and Hurricane Polymar franchises will appear.
Video Teaser Infini-T Force
Japanese: インフィニティ フォース (Japanese)
Status: Not yet aired
Aired: Oct 4, 2017 to?
Premiered: Fall 2017
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 01:59 (JST)
Producers: Digital Frontier
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Tatsunoko Production
Genres: Action, Seinen, Super Power
Director: Kiyotaka Suzuki
Series Composition: Toshiya Ono
Original Character Design: Keiichi Satou (Hero Design), Oh! great
Mechanical design: Koji Nakakita
Costume Design: Koji Nakakita
Animation Production: Digital Frontier
Tatsunoko Productions revealed a new visual and premiere date on Friday for its Infini-T Force CG-animated television anime. The anime will premiere on October 3 at 25:59 (effectively October 4 at 1:59 a.m.) on NTV. The series will air as part of NTV’s new “AnichU” one-hour programming block. The series will also air on YTV, Sapporo TV, Shizuoka Daiichi TV, Hiroshima TV, and Fukuoka Broadcasting starting in October.
The anime had its world premiere at Anime Expo earlier this month. The anime stars:
Ai Kayano as Emi Kaido, a high school girl living in modern-day Shibuya, Tokyo. She has no interest in anything and always has a cold attitude. Her behavior keeps other people away.
Atsushi Ono as Z, a mysterious man who is involved in secret dealings behind strange events that are happening around the world. His true nature is completely unknown, and he is known as the last letter of the alphabet “Z.”
Hiroki Yasumoto as Raja Kaan, a giant who is more than three meters (about 10 feet) tall. He has the form of an ugly monster.
Daisuke Hirakawa as Damian Gray, a man completely wrapped up in flashy visual-kei fashion. His characteristic way of speaking mixes foreign languages.
Kana Hanazawa as Belle Lynn, a woman whose incredibly powerful combat strength is impossible to guess from her beautiful appearance.
Anime Reviews Infini-T Force – The project celebrates Tatsunoko Productions’ 55th anniversary in October 2017. The anime will feature the heroes from four earlier Tatsunoko Productions anime: Tekkaman, the Space Knight; Casshan (Casshern); Gatchaman; and Hurricane Polymar.
Kiyotaka Suzuki (Psycho-Pass 2) is directing the anime at Digital Frontier (The Boy and The Beast, Wolf Children), and Toshiya Ono (Gatchaman Crowds, Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga) is supervising the anime’s scripts. Manga creator Oh! Great (Tenjo Tenge, Air Gear) designed the original character concepts. Keiichi Satou (The Big O, Ninja Resurrection) is in charge of the initial hero design ideas, and Koji Nakakita (Gatchaman Crowds, Jūsō Kikō Dancouga Nova) is in charge of the suit and mechanical drawings.
The anime will have a different story from an earlier Infini-T Force ~Mirai no Byōsen~ (Infini-T Force: Writing Line of the Future) manga by Ukyō Kodachi (Boruto, Naruto – Gaara Hiden: Sajingensō novel). Udon Entertainment is releasing the manga.
Infini-T Force World Premiere
In the 1970s, three brothers founded an anime studio that would become synonymous with shōnen action heroes. Building off the success of the live-action special-effects hero Kamen Rider, Tatsunoko Pro would roll out Yatterman, Hurricane Polymar, Gatchaman, Casshan, and Tekkaman. Each iteration continues to revisited time and again, with Yatterman Night and Gatchaman Crowds being the most recent examples. The originals crossed over the pond nearly 40 years ago reworked under titles like Battle of the Planets. If your parents were sci-fi fans, they might have caught a few episodes during its limited U.S. television runs. Sentai Filmworks is making an effort to reintroduce the series to the U.S. thanks to recently released DVD sets of Gatchaman, but otherwise, Tatsunoko’s superheroes remain relatively obscure in Western fandom.
This might best be reflected in the Infini-T Force screening’s opening attendance. After the previous Card Captor Sakura: Clear Card Prologue OVA screening wrapped, a packed house filed out of the main events hall. Infini-T Force followed 30 minutes later to a much, much smaller albeit enthusiastic audience. The staff seemed aware of the disparity, and Gatchaman voice actor Tomokazu Seki even joked that the stage spotlight was “obscuring” the filled seating in the back. The staff members characterized Seki as a regular jokester, someone who often sets the recording studio’s mood as the leader of the “Science Voice Actor Team.”
After director Kiyotaka Suzuki, Seki, and the show’s producer warmed up the crowd, Infini-T Force’s first episode queued up, and boy did it hit the ground running. Gatchaman finds himself quickly hurdling through the air towards an aircraft carrier below. In actual science ninja fashion, he deploys spiked boots to create the friction needed to keep from sliding off the ship into the ocean. Above, the pursuing Galactor helicopters explode in a fiery blaze. He still has to take out the evil alien empire’s cycloptic robots, but before the audience can settle back into their seats, he’s faced with a new, human enemy with a device that seems to manipulate gravity itself.
There’s more than the lion’s share darting across the screen before the audience even meets its everyman protagonist, Emi. The dark-haired beauty attends an all girl’s school, but outside her acquaintances on campus, she lives a lonely life. So much so that she plays daredevil death games on her motorcycle, rewarding herself with new school supplies if she manages not to die. By all means, it seems like she wants to, and she’s awful close to succeeding before she gets wrapped up in another face off between Gatchaman, Polymar, Tekkaman, and the new masked foe. The crew transforms, punches, and explodes their way through each obstacle before Emi ultimately makes off with her weapon: an oversized pencil that makes whatever she draws a reality.
Whatever her wishes are, she can manifest into reality, and a legion of foes led by Z is after that power. They erase the worlds of several Tatsunoko heroes, leading to the three (and soon to be four) heroes occupying the same reality. The entire premise is pretty dense. The production wanted to both explain how so many superheroes could co-exist in the same place, introduce the heroes to a fresh audience, establish the psyche of its female protagonist, and save room for spectacle. I’d say the first episode succeeded 2/3 of the time. It’s strongest in action sequences, a bit heavy-handed with Emi, but outright overwhelming with its cast and enemy introduction. The powerfully choreographed battles felt like a breather if you can believe it.
The elephant in the room is going to be the 3DCG animation. Anime productions are a mixed bag regardless of art style, be it BBK/BRNK, Knights of Sidonia, or Berserk. Tatsunoko Pro’s works have been traditionally animated affairs until now. The studio took it upon themselves to delve headfirst into 3DCG animation for the 55th-anniversary project. The result is two-fold. On the one hand, outside of the action scenes, the show has that “PlayStation 2 cutscene” look. On the other, those action scenes are fantastic. Usually, three-dimensional affairs have a wobble to them, where character’s movements seem to lack weight or impact. This isn’t true for Infini-T Force, which truly excels whether Polymar is transforming into a drill or Gatchaman is throwing exploding mini-mines.
Infini-T Force isn’t going to hold the same kind of nostalgia for Western mainstream audiences as it will for their Japanese counterparts, and truthfully some of the show’s winks are going to be missed altogether. The barrier of entry can be a bit daunting, and the staff did few favors to ease newbies into Tatsunoko’s own Justice League. Those willing to tough it out will find a competent 3DCG production for a studio’s first go around and an exciting action show to boot. Anime Reviews Infini-T Force
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