We learned back in February of last year that Yu Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana’s manga series Terraformars was entering an indefinite hiatus with the March 9th chapter and that they had plans for a fall return. That didn’t happen as it just got back underway this week and that’s been a long 13-month hiatus for the project. At the time, the OAD that was set for the 21st volume due out on May 19th, 2017 and that was canceled with it set to be resolicited at a later time when that volume is put back on the schedule. That’s now happened as the 21st volume has been set for an August 17th, 2018 release and a bundled limited edition will be available as well priced at 3,500 yen. No preorder cutoff date has been listed yet, though one expects it to come up fairly soon.
The first season was produced at LIDEN FILMS with Hiroshi Hamasaki directing based on scripts by Shogo Ysukawa. Character designs were done by Masanori Shino while Satoshi Kimura did the secondary character design work.
The series stars Yoshimasa Hosoya as Akari Hizamaru, Hidenobu Kiuchi as Shōkichi Komachi, Shizuka Itou as Michelle, Kaito Ishikawa as Marcos, KENN as Alex, Ai Kayano as Sheila, Daisuke Ono as Keiji Onizuka, Chiaki Takahashi as Kanako Sanjō, Aki Toyosaki as Yaeko Yanasegawa, Tomokazu Sugita as Ichirō Hiruma, Koji Yusa as Adolf Reinhard, Akira Ishida as Joseph, Unshou Ishizuka as Sylvester, Tetsuo Komura as Liu Yiwu, Ayane Sakura as Eva Frost, Kenji Akabane as Ivan Perepelkina, Romi Park as Elena Perepelkina, Toshiyuki Morikawa as Shichisei Hiruma, Tooru Nara as Alexander Asimov, Nozomi Sasaki as Hong, Hidenori Takahashi as Jet, Sayaka Ohara as Xi Chunli, Yuuki Ono as Bao Zhilan and Takahiro Fujiwara as Borgijin Dorjiberke.
Plot concept: TERRAFORMARS makes its anime debut as a startling work of science fiction and adventure. With Earth becoming increasingly overpopulated, an ambitious plan has been put into place to terraform Mars using mold and cockroaches. Nearly 500 years after the plan, a mission to Mars, Annex 1, is under way to accomplish crucial research into the Virus currently plaguing mankind with the crew members who’ve been injected with various DNA of life on Earth in order to combat the Terraformars, giant humanoid cockroaches.