The anime’s website has also released three new visuals for the anime, which were displayed at Shinjuku Station, Tokyo.
The Opening theme for the upcoming series will be &Z by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:mizuki and the Ending theme being Genesis by Eir Aoi. The series will mark the return of Ei Aoki (Fate/Zero, Girls Bravo) as director with A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online, Fairy Tail) and Troyca producing the anime. The anime’s main cast will also return to voice their respective characters with:
- Kensho Ono (Tetsuya Kuroko from Kuroko’s Basketball) returning as Slaine Troyard
- Sora Amamiya (Akame in Akame ga Kill!) will be back to voice Asseylum Vers Allusia
- Natsuki Hanae (Hikari Sakishima in Nagi no Asukara) as Inaho Kaizuka.
Aniplex USA has released the first commercial for the second cour of the anime with English subtitles:
And the commercial was also released:
Additionally, the first teaser video for the second cour of Aldnoah.Zero was also released with subtitles:
Aldnoah Zero is an original series created by Gen Urobuchi, the writer of the Fate/Zero light novels and anime, and Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica. The anime is directed by Ei Aoki who directed the Fate/Zero anime – teaming up with Urobuchi once again. The series is written by the “Olympus Knights”, a group of writers from Nitro+ (known for their science adventure visual novels) that is helmed by Urobuchi. Katsuhiko Takayama (Mirai Nikki) is the series composer, managing the flow and story of the series.
The character concepts are done by Masako Matsumoto (Naruto Shippuden) and the final character designs from Takako Shimura (Aoi Hana). The series features mechs designed by I-IV and Kenji Teraoka (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex), and the music is composed by Hiroyuki Sawano (Attack on Titan). The series is produced by A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online, Fairy Tail) and studio TROYCA (new studio opened by Aoki). The first series had a total of 12 episodes and was earlier confirmed to be a split cour.
Here is a synopsis of the series from MAL:
In 1972, the Apollo 17 mission found a hypergate to Mars on the surface of the moon. Upon landing, astronauts discovered an enchanted utility later referred to as “Aldnoah,” giving the astronauts a status of superiority. Soon, many humans have relocated to Mars, and have adapted to the name “Martians.” After Princess Asseylum, a royal Martian princess, descends onto Earth in an attempt to create a treaty between both planets, a war breaks out between Earth and Mars, and Martian soldiers begin to descend from the sky, riding steel giants, intent on exterminating humanity.
Aldnoah.Zero will be airing from January 10 next year on Tokyo MX, during the Winter 2014/2015 anime season. Further information about the second cour of the anime will also be revealed soon.
“Aldnoah Zero”, images, and all associated brands and titles © 2014 Gen Urobuchi, Aniplex, A-1 Pictures, Nitro+, Olympus Knights and Project A-Z