The official website for the television anime adaptation of FLIPFLOPs’ Darwin’s Game manga revealed on Monday that the series will premiere with a one-hour episode on Tokyo MX, BS11, Gunma TV, Tochigi TV, and AT-X on January 3 at 24:00 (effectively January 4 at 12:00 a.m.). The anime will debut streaming simultaneously on AbemaTV, and it will begin airing later that week on Yomiuri TV and TV Aichi. The first episode will have an advance screening on the night of December 24.
FLIPFLOPs launched the manga in Akita Shoten’s Bessatsu Shōnen Champion magazine in December 2012. Shū Miyama provides the story for the manga, while Yuki Takahata provides the art.
The website also revealed the second key visual and opening theme song for the series. ASCA will perform the opening theme song “CHAIN.”
Yoshinobu Tokumoto (Comic Girls) is directing the series at Nexus. FLIPFLOPs member Shū Miyama is writing the scripts. Kazuya Nakanishi (animation director for Granbelm, Comic Girls) is designing the characters. Kenichiro Suehiro (Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-, Golden Kamuy) is composing the music.
As previously announced, Mashiro Ayano (Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, Re:CREATORS themes) is performing the show’s ending theme song “Alive.”
The anime’s cast includes:
Yūsuke Kobayashi as Kaname Reina Ueda as Shuka Nichika Omori as Rain Taku Yashiro as Ryūji Yumiri Hanamori as Sui/Sōta
The manga centers on Kaname Sudō, a high school boy who is drawn to a mysterious game app titled “Darwin’s Game.” He becomes involved in a social game where the stakes are life or death.