What Is It?
Aldnoah Zero is an upcoming anime premiering on July 5th centered around an interplanetary war between Earth and Mars. The Martians in this story are not your typical alien invaders, but humans who left Earth to form their own colony. With separate ideologies and no hope of a peaceful coexistence, the two governments have begun an unavoidable war that will bring many innocent people into the conflict.
What's so special about this one?
On the outset, the story sounds like a typical Gundam scenario, where neither side is outright good or evil, with a bloody war that draws in different factions of people ranging from middle class to nobility.
However, there are quite a few big names attached to this project. Chief among them is writer Gen Urobuchi, whose previous works have brought about wholesome stories that were filled with heartwarming fun for the whole family.
The story is described at featuring heavy tones, with Man of Steel cited as a main source of inspiration....because of course Urobuchi would unironically love that movie. Though his role in this series seems to be that of story planner (as ambiguous as that sounds), the concept of warring ideologies and the bloody road to justice has long been an Urobutcher trademark. On that alone, Aldnoah Zero is my most anticipated anime this season, which is why I've made a discussion thread about it.
Here's a copy/paste of the main cast (the original source also features several more minor characters):
Natsuki Hanae as Inaho Kaizuka
He is anything but passionate, and he operates on logic, rather than emotions.
Kensho Ono as Slaine Troyard
His family were relative newcomers among those who migrated from Earth to Mars.
Sora Amamiya as Asseylum Vers Allushia
She is a pacifist who carries the aura of a princess.
Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero, Psycho-Pass, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet) is writing the series with Fate/Zero director Ei Aoki at A-1 Pictures and TROYCA. Katsuhiko Takayama is in charge of the series scripts. Manga artist Takako Shimura (Wandering Son, Sweet Blue Flowers) provided the original character designs, which Atsuko Matsumoto is adapting for the anime. I-IV and Kenji Teraoka are designing the mecha, and Hiroyuki Sawano is scoring the music.
Pop trio Kalafina will perform the opening theme song "Heavenly blue."
The series will premiere on July 5 on the Tokyo MX TV, BS11, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV stations, as well as on the niconico streaming service in Japan.
Everybody get their Butcher Bingo cards ready!