King Records began streaming the first minute of the anime adaptation of Tsutomu Nihei’s Knights of Sidonia manga on Thursday. The video, which features a battle in space against an alien, reveals that the 12-episode series is slated to premiere on MBS ‘ “Animeism” programming block in April.
Starchild International announced on its Twitter page on Friday that Eri Kitamura and Angela will be singing the show’s theme songs. Starchild previously announced that Angela would perform the opening theme song. Eri Kitamura will play Honoka Series in the show.
Netflix will stream the series “firstly and exclusively” in both the Japanese audio with English subtitles and in “dubbed local language dialogue” in all Netflix territories this summer.
The anime marks the 30th anniversary of POLYGON PICTURES, a studio that has earned Daytime Emmy Awards (Transformers Prime, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and an Annie Award (Tron: Uprising).
Kobun Shizuno (G.I. Joe: Sigma 6, Detective Conan movie) is directing the anime with co-director Hiroyuki Seshita (Street Fighter x Tekken, Final Fantasy). Sadayuki Murai (Steamboy, Millennium Actress) is writing the scripts and serving as series script supervisor, and Yuki Moriyama (Street Fighter x Tekken, Dino Dominion) is adapting the characters for animation.
The manga’s story takes place after humans flee Earth due to the devastating invasion of alien creatures called Gauna. Humans travel through space in giant ships while the Gauna continue to pursue them. As a new human culture develops, people fight the Gauna with Morito (Guardian) robotic mecha. A young man named Nagate Tanikaze trains as a Morito pilot aboard the spaceship Sidonia and defends its people from Gauna attacks.