Assault Lily: The Fateful Gift stage play reveals Tokyo run in September
The official website for the Assault Lily mixed-media franchise revealed on Monday that Juri Nagatsuma is joining the cast as Shinobu Izue in the Assault Lily Bouquet television anime. The website also revealed details for the September run of the franchise’s upcoming second stage play Assault Lily: The Fateful Gift.
Assault Lily: The Fateful Gift will run at Tokyo Tatemono Brillia HALL from September 3 to 13 with five performances. The play was originally slated to run at Kameari Lirio Hall in Tokyo, but the new venue has double the capacity. The announcement explained that performances will have spaced seating as a measure to inhibit the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Attendees will be limited to half of the venue’s capacity of about 1,300 people. The new venue will allow the production to run without reducing the number of attendees.
Additionally, the original Assault Lily: League of Gardens stage play, which ran at Tokyo’s Shinjuku Face venue from January 9-15, is getting digital distribution both in late July and early August. The stage play’s main cast members are reprising their roles in the anime.
The anime delayed its premiere date to October to prioritize the safety of its cast and staff during the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The anime was originally slated to premiere in July.
The Assault Lily Project is a mixed-media franchise based on 1/12-scale action doll figures conceived by the doll maker Azone International and the creative group acus in 2013. The tagline on the anime’s website reads, “A rhapsody of petals dancing on the frontline.” The theme of the project centers around battles waged by beautiful girls with weapons.
The project’s website describes its story:
On Earth in the near future, humanity faced imminent destruction from mysterious giant creatures known as “Huge.” The entire world unites against the Huge, and successfully develops weaponry known as “CHARM” (Counter Huge Arms) by combining science and magic. CHARM exhibits high rates of synchronization with teenaged girls, and the girls who use CHARM are viewed as heroes called “Lilies.” Throughout the world, “Garden” military academies are established to train Lilies to face the Huge and to serve as bases to protect and guide people. This is a story about fighting girls who aim to become Lilies at one such Garden.
The anime also stars:
Shouji Saeki (He Is My Master, Mahoromatic: Summer Special, Medaka Box) is directing the anime at SHAFT, with Mieko Hosoi (Aiura, Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions, Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū) as the character designer. Keita Nagahara is the assistant director. Kazuya Shiotsuki (Gourmet Girl Graffiti) is the sub-character designer, and is also serving as chief animation director alongside Sōta Suwa (Sakura Quest, Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san 2).