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    Aniplex of America Adds DARWIN’S GAME to Winter 2020 Line-Up

    When a mobile game turns deadly, only the fittest survive in this thrilling shonen series full of twists and turns.
    Source: Aniplex of America press release
    Official Site: (Japan), (US)
    Special Thanks to Aiko Makino

    Image courtesy of Aniplex of America. ©FLIPFLOPs (AKITASHOTEN) / DARWIN’S GAME PROJECT

    Aniplex of America is excited to announce that suspense thriller, DARWIN’S GAME (ダーウィンズゲーム, Dāwinzu Gēmu), has been added to the winter anime 2020 lineup and will premiere on FunimationNow on January 3rd with a special hour-long episode. Based on FLIPFLOPs serialized manga series in Bessatsu Shonen Champion by AKITASHOTEN, this heart pounding shonen story follows Kaname Sudo, an ordinary high school student who has been entwined in a high-stakes, life-or-death battle after receiving an invitation to download a mobile app called “Darwin’s Game.”

    Original creator and one half of FLIPFLOPs, Hide Fukuyama, is contributing to the series’ composition and screenplay, while animation production will be by Nexus (GRANBELM, CHIVALRY OF A FAILED KNIGHT). Yoshinobu Tokumoto (COMIC GIRLS) has signed on as the director for the series, accompanied by Kenichiro Suehiro (CELLS AT WORK!, GOLDEN KAMUY) handling the music. FunimationNow subscribers will have a head start to watch the series first, before a subsequent weekly release on Crunchyroll and HIDIVE beginning February 2nd.

    The series stars Yusuke Kobayashi (FATE/APOCRYPHA, DR. STONE) as main character Kaname alongside Reina Ueda (DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA, LORD EL-MELLOI II’s CASE FILES {Rail Zeppelin} GRACE NOTE) as Shuka Karino, who is known as “The Undefeated Queen” and top-ranking player within the game. Rounding out the cast is Nichika Omori (DROPKICK ON MY DEVIL!, INVADERS OF THE ROKUJYOMA!?) as Rein Kashiwagi, Taku Yashiro (AHO-GIRL, IDOLM@STERr SideM) as Ryuji Maesaka, and Yumiri Hanamori (KAGUYA-SAMA: LOVE IS WAR, LAID-BACK CAMP) as Sui and Sota.

    The series recently announced that the opening theme song “CHAIN” will be performed by ASCA and ending theme song “Alive” by Mashiro Ayano.

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    Kaname Sudo, an ordinary high school student, receives an invitation email to try a mysterious app called “Darwin’s Game.” Kaname, upon launching the app, is drawn into a game where players fight one another using superpowers called Sigils.

    Without knowing the reason for all this, can Kaname survive furious battles against the powerful players who attack him?


    Original Work: FLIPFLOPs (Serialized in Bessatsu Shonen Champion by AKITASHOTEN)
    Director: Yoshinobu Tokumoto
    Series Composition / Screenplay: Hide Fukayama (FLIPFLOPs)
    Character Design: Kazuya Nakanishi
    Weapons Supervisor: Kenichi Kaneko
    Art Director: Kei Takeuchi
    Assistant Art Director: Lee Bun Sun
    Color Design: Naoto Tanaka
    Director of Photography: Gaku Hirooka
    Editor: Kentaro Tsubone
    3DCG Director: Shinji Ikeda
    Music: Kenichiro Suehiro
    Sound Director: Jin Aketagawa
    Sound Production: MAGIC CAPSULE
    Animation Producer: Hiroshi Nakamura
    Animation Production: Nexus

    Kaname Sudo: Yusuke Kobayashi
    Shuka Karino: Reina Ueda
    Rein Kashiwagi: Nichika Omori
    Ryuji Maesaka: Taku Yashiro
    Sui / Sota: Yumiri Hanamori

    About Aniplex of America Inc.

    Aniplex of America, Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex, Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan), a division of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), Inc., and a leading provider of anime content and music production and distribution in Japan. The company’s ever-growing lineup of shows includes SWORD ART ONLINE, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD, FATE/STAY NIGHT [UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS], FATE/ZERO, PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA, March comes in like a lion, BLUE EXORCIST, KILL la KILL, Gurren Lagann, MONOGATARI series, anohana -The Flower We Saw That Day-, CELLS AT WORK!, THE PROMISED NEVERLAND, and DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA. In 2017, the company released the English version of the popular mobile game, FATE/GRAND ORDER, followed by the release of mobile game, MAGIA RECORD: PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA SIDE STORY’s English version in the U.S. and Canada in June of 2019.

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