Anime that uses game concepts can’t be wrong. For years, we are presented with the concept of virtual reality games where you can dive into the world with your consciousness.
The most notable starting line is the release of Sword Art Online a decade ago. Then we have a mix-up of reality games with other genres such as Overlord and Log Horizon which includes isekai in it.
Most of them feature certain gimmicks to entice the fans. The one VR anime that doesn’t have a gimmick is Infinite Dendrogram (2020) which ends up being an average-looking anime even though it has arguably amazing world-building.
Shangri-La Frontier follows the step of the Infinite Dendrogram. They focus on the game world without using other gimmicks such as death upon dying in games or being thrown out to another world. Yet the expectation of the fans goes through the roof.
With that kind of expectation, fans have waited for almost half a year since the first adaptation announcement. Fortunately, the staff has released a new trailer and visual trailer we can look at. Let’s dive in!
Shangri-La Frontier Trailer and Visual Teaser
The trailer was released on March 9, 2023. It doesn’t tell much about anything except the background of the story. The only notable announcement is the fact that the anime will premiere in October 2023.
The quality of the visual animation leaves a question mark to the fans though. Most of them compare the latest PV with the first trailer which was released on July 7, 2022.
The first PV certainly has a refiner animation than the latest PV. But some of them have high hopes for the anime because the staff who created the pre-animated trailer is the same as the one who works on the anime.
Unlike the first visual teaser which only shows Sunraku and Emul gazing at the world of Shangri-La frontier, the newest visual trailer shows five main characters of Shangri-La Frontier. Starting from the left, we have Emul, Arthur Pencilgon, Sunraku, Oicazzo, and Psyger-0.
Shangri-La Frontier Cast and Staff
The list of the main cast has been released since the anime adaptation announcement. Each of them has its one-two line in the PV. They are:
- Uchida Yuuma as Sunraku
- Hidaka Rina as Emul
- Koichi Makoto as Oicazzo
- Hikasa Youko as Arthur Pencilgon
- Waki Azumi as Psyger-0
- Ootsuka Akio as Viceash
Toshiyuki Kubooka (Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina) is working as a director at Studio C2C. His partner, Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina), is in charge of the series composition. Meanwhile, Ayumi Kurashima (Nomad: Megalo Box 2) will provide character design.
Shangri-La Frontier Story
The Shangri-La Frontier revolves around Rakuro Hitozume who is a lover of trash games, games that are full of glitches and bugs. He loves to challenge himself to complete such impossible games. But, he gets bored after completing the game.
So, he goes to buy a new game but the owner who knows Rakuro introduces him to a new rising star game that is called Shangri-La Frontier.
Unknown to him, the game has a lot to offer. The depth of the story and system will leave Rakuro speechless. Blessed with poor luck, he meets a world boss the first time he leaves the city of the beginning.
With his skill honed from playing trash games, he somehow unlocks the unique story where he is marked by Lycaon. The mark will make him unable to equip armor and boots. Leave him with a topless naked man with only pants and a mask to cover his face.
This anime will emphasize gamer skills. Buckle up! because his skill will make Kirito looks pale in comparison.
Frequently Asked Questions
The anime will premiere in October 2023, though the exact date is still TBA.
C2C will be the one who works on the series.