The premiere of the highly anticipated new series Girls' Frontline (known in Japan as Dolls' Frontline) is close at hand, and Warner Bros. Japan is previewing the series by releasing the anime's opening sequence.
The video welcomes anime fans to "the gunpowder smoke filled girls' battle front." Viewers are treated to the show's opening theme song, "BAD CANDY" by yukaDD(;´∀｀), and get to witness the story's tactical, robotic dolls (aka T-Dolls) in action. Based on the mobile strategy RPG game of the same name, Girls' Frontline is set in a war-torn future where humanity now relies on T-Dolls and advanced artificial intelligence to fight its battles.
Asahi Productions (Peach Boy Riverside) is animating the new series with Shigeru Ueda (Ascendance of a Bookworm) acting as director and Hideyuki Kurata (Made in Abyss) overseeing the series composition and scripts. Taketo Gonpei (Sword Art Online: Alicization) serves as art director, Ryō Tanaka (Smile Down the Runway) as sound director and Kazuaki Hara (Cells at Work! Code Black) as the director of 3D CG.
Other members of the creative team include character designer Masaki Yamada ( Deadman Wonderland), prop designer Noriyuki Jinguji (Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn) and composer Takashi Watanabe (My Neighbor Totoro). Yuki Honda (Heaven's Design Team) is handling the editing.
Girls' Frontline's cast includes many popular and experienced voice actors like Haruka Tomatsu (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?), Nozomi Yamane (Your Name), Emiri Katō (Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid), Yukari Tamura (Restaurant to Another World), Nao Tōyama (The Devil is a Part-Timer!!), Hitomi Nabatame (The World Ends with You: The Animation) and Mikako Komatsu (Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song-).
The mobile game was released in China in May 2016 with the global English version arriving two years later. Since its release, Girls' Frontline has gained a devoted fanbase around the world; in 2017, it was the 3rd top-grossing game by revenue on Google Play and the 5th highest-grossing game on the Apple App Store in South Korea. It has also spawned a sequel game, Girls' Frontline II: Exile, and two spinoffs, Girls Frontline: Glitch and Project Neural Cloud, which were announced in 2020. Beyond the upcoming anime series, there is also an official manga, Girls' Frontline: The Song of Dolls, which is published online monthly by Bilibili.
Girls' Frontline will premiere in Japan on Jan. 8, 2022. While the series is licensed by Muse Communication in South and Southeast Asia, it has yet to be licensed by a North American distributor.