With Aniplex USA handling the Darwin’s Game series as part of the winter 2020 season overseas, it’s through Aniplex Japan and the official site there that we’re getting updates. The fourth episode is scheduled for a January 23rd , 2020 debut and we’ve now got the first preview for it through the social media side below.
The series will premiere same-day on Funimation and Anime Lab with new episodes every Friday starting January 3rd, 2020. Crunchyroll and HIDIVE will begin streaming the series on February 2nd, 2020 with new episodes every Sunday.
Yoshinobu Tokumoto is directing based on the scripts by Shu Miyama. Kazuya Nakanishi is on board for the character designs with Nexus handling the animation production.
The previously announced Japanese cast includes Yūsuke Kobayashi as Kaname, Reina Ueda is Shuka, Nichika Omori as Rain, Taku Yashiro as Ryūji, Yumiri Hanamori as Sui/Sōta, Yūya Hirose as Hamada, Chiaki Kobayashi as Kyōda, Fukushi Ochiai as Shinozuka, Eiji Takemoto as Banda-kun, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Ō (King), and Ryūichi Kijima as Keiichi.
The manga comes from creator FLIPFLOPs which began in 2012 as serialized in Bessatsu Shonen Champion. It has sixteen volumes out as of the original announcement and over two million copies in print in total for the run.
— 「ダーウィンズゲーム」公式 (@d_game_official) January 23, 2020
The opening theme song is “CHAIN” by ASCA while Mashiro Ayano is on board with the song “Alive” as the ending theme song
This isn’t the first anime adaptation of their works as we previously saw The Everyday Tales of a Cat God adapted.
Plot Concept: Kaname Sudo, an ordinary high school student, receives an invitation to try a mysterious app called “Darwin’s Game.” Kaname, upon launching the app, is drawn into a game where players fight one another using superpowers called Sigils. Without knowing the reason for all this, can Kaname survive furious battles against the powerful players who attack him?