1st episode goes live on Thursday for 1 week only
GungHo Online Entertainment announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming the the television anime of its Ninjala Nintendo Switch game with English subtitles on the game’s official YouTube channel on Thursday at 10:00 p.m. EST. New episodes will debut on Thursdays. Each episode will only be available for one week.
A code for 50 Gumball Machine Coins for use in the game will be available for each of the first four episodes.
The anime premiered on TV Tokyo and five other affiliated stations on Saturday.
GungHo Online Entertainment describes the story:
Researchers at the World Ninja Association (WNA) have at long last developed Ninja-Gum, a mysterious substance that draws out the power of the Shinobi. Main characters like Berecca, Burton, and other WNA Academy students take on action-packed Ninja-Gum battles in a tournament designed to find the strongest Shinobi. However, conspiracies involving Ninja-Gum and unknown beings take place behind the scenes.
The television anime retains the main cast from the previous net anime:
Mamoru Kanbe (The Promised Neverland, Elfen Lied) is directing the television anime at OLM, and Shinzō Fujita (To Your Eternity, MazinKaiser, Shin Megami Tensei Devil Children) is in charge of the series scripts. Atsushi Suzuki (Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us animation director) is designing the characters. Yasuyuki Uragami is directing the sound, and Takahiro Obata (Cinderella Nine, The Promised Neverland) is composing the music.
Singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is returning from the game itself and the net anime to perform the television anime’s opening theme song “Maybe Baby.” Singer Wolpis Carter is performing the ending theme song “Ninjalaic Ninja,” which was written, composed, and arranged by Nayutalien.
A 3DCG animated short based on the game debuted in March 2020. The original 2D net anime shorts premiered in June 2020 on the Ninjala franchise‘s official YouTube channel. The net anime was a co-production between Studio Hibari and Domerica.
The free-to-play online Switch game launched in June 2020. The game was originally slated for spring 2019.
GOE describes the game’s story:
Ninjala is a morphing ninja gum action game that allows players to blow bubble gum to craft weapons and use the unconventional fighting method ninjutsu. Adapting to different landscapes, players must use lightning fast reflexes and super parkour mechanics to combat and counter their opponents. The game brings a new era to the world of ninjas through online battles against other players.
Takeshi Arakawa (Dissidia: Final Fantasy senior director and co-producer, The World Ends with You planning director) and Kazuki Morishita (Puzzle & Dragons, LET IT DIE executive producer) designed the game. The game supports up to eight-player multiplayer, local or online.
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