Animation Company Emon produces TV anime based on Chinese web comic for the Fall season of 2017
The cure for net addiction takes a deadly turn in Evil or Live, an upcoming TV anime based on Lixiang Jinqu ("Ideal Restricted Area"), a Chinese web comic by Li Xiaonan about a young man who must try to survive after he is remanded to a brutal treatment facility.
The staff for Evil or Live includes:
- Original Work：Lixiang Jinqu by Li Xiaonan (serialized on the TENCENT website)
- Manga Editing：An Yangao
- Executive Producer：Shantian Gaifan, Mi Chong
- Director：Dong Yi
- Animation Producer：Zhang Yuan, Chen Weiwen
- Art Director：Lin Zhengzhe
- Opening theme: "Soredemo Boku wa Ikiteru" ("I Am Still Alive") by NormCore
- Animation Production： Emon
- Production：TENCENT/EVIL OR LIVE Production Committee
The cast for Evil or Live includes:
Shin’ichiro Ueda as Hibiki, a 17 year old high school student and the protagonist of the story. Hibiki used to be the ace of the track and field club in junior high school. However, due to certain circumstances, he contracted a severe "Net Addiction" and had to be transferred to the “Elite Retraining School”.
Kouki Uchiyama as Shin, the 17 year old son of a rich family and a mysterious student who receives a special treatment at the "Elite Retraining School". Shin prevents Hibiki from jumping off the rooftop of the school right after enrolling. Shin needs Hibiki to carry out his secret plans.
And Chika Anzai as Shiori, the 17 year old student council president at the "Elite Retraining School". Shiori used to attend the same junior high school as Hibiki. She was very gentle and calm then, but now her personality has become completely ruthless.
The story of Evil or Live is described as follows:
In this modern society, a new kind of illness is striking young boys and girls. Loneliness, disbelief, and outrage push this generation to grow more and more attached to the Internet and technology. The experts called these symptoms “Net Addiction”. To treat this condition, a certain rehabilitation facility has been set up to in order to “lead young people back to the right path”. Enrolled to treat his addiction, Hibiki had no idea that this rehabilition facility is nothing more than a prison. In this hellish place where escape is forbidden, how will Hibiki overcome his despair?
Evil or Live will broadcast on Tokyo MX every Tuesday during the 25:41 time slot (actually 1:41 AM on Wednesday morning) beginning on October 10, 2017.
Official English language press release
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