Japanese Television network Tokyo MX have updated their anime listings for the upcoming weeks and have revealed that the Angel Beats! anime will be rebroadcasted on the network from January 8.
The listing reveals that the Angel Beats! anime will return on Tokyo MX on Wednesdays from the 8th of January from 11:00pm JST till 11:30pm JST. The listing also reveals that Sakura Trick will also be rebroadcast in the timeslot earlier from 10:30pm till 11:00pm on Wednesdays.
Two mysterious projects were earlier announced after a countdown of the Angel Beats! website, which will be unveiled at a conference on December 22 titled Aniplex X Key Presents The New Project. The first project is a collaboration anime distributor Aniplex and visual novel developer Key. The event will also reveal some information about an upcoming Angel Beats! project in time for the 5th anniversary of the series and the 15th anniversary for Key. The conference will feature producers Hironori Toba and Yuma Takahashi from Aniplex, with Visual Arts (publisher of Key’s Visual Novels) representative Baba Takahiro and Director Kai.
The conference itself will be livestreamed on Niconico: http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv202205367
Angel Beats! is a series created by Jun Maeda, which started off as a light novel series in 2009 that ran for half a year in ASCII Media Works’ Dengeki G’s Magazine. A 4-koma manga series was also created by Maeda that ran in the same magazine in the same year. In 2010, an anime adaptation was created by P.A. Works (Hanasaku Iroha, Another), which was also written by Maeda himself and directed by. The series received high praise and gained popularity, but was criticised for the lack of character development for many stories. A manga was adapted in 2010 titled Angel Beats! Heaven’s Door, which is an adaptation of the prequel light novel Angel Beats! Track Zero. Jun Maeda and Key, who are known for producing acclaimed and popular visual novels, announced that they were producing a visual novel on Angel Beats!, expanding many of the character’s backstory. Angel Beats! -1st Beat- and its subsequent releases, will be written by Jun Maeda. A mobile game based on the series was also produced.
Here is a synopsis of the series from MAL:
Otonashi awakens only to learn he is dead. A rifle-toting girl named Yuri explains that they are in the afterlife, and Otonashi realizes the only thing he can remember about himself is his name. Yuri tells him that she leads the Shinda Sekai Sensen (Afterlife Battlefront) and wages war against a girl named Tenshi. Unable to believe Yuri’s claims that Tenshi is evil, Otonashi attempts to speak with her, but the encounter doesn’t go as he intended.
Otonashi decides to join the SSS and battle Tenshi, but he finds himself oddly drawn to her. While trying to regain his memories and understand Tenshi, he gradually unravels the mysteries of the afterlife.
Angel Beats! will be rebroadcasted on Tokyo MX from January 8th at 11:00pm every Wednesday. And with the recent Angel Beats! project announcement, the rebroadcast is no mere coincidence and could be directly related to the new project.
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