Compile Heart and Tezuka Productions are joining forces for a new project: a smartphone game that reimagines Osamu Tezuka's classic characters as cute girls.
Titled Eshigami no Kizuna (Bond of the Art Gods), the game will feature girls fashioned after some of the creator's most popular and memorable characters. Announced so far are:
Phoenix: CV Kaori Ishihara (Yuzuko Hazuki, Girl Friend BETA), illustrated by Takuya Fujima (ViVid Strike!)
Astro Boy: CV Rie Kugimiya (Alphonse Elric, Fullmetal Alchemist), illustrated by Tsunako (Hyperdimension Neptunia)
Black Jack: CV Nao Touyama (Reina Prowler, Macross Delta), illustrated by Kei Nanameda (Mugen Souls)
Check out the full trailer for the game, featuring the song "CREATION X CREATION" performed by Kaori Ishihara:
A few more familiar-looking faces pop up in the trailer. There's no official confirmation on who they are, but we're making educated guesses that they're Melmo, Unico, Rock Holmes, and Kimba:
Eshigami no Kizuna is due for release in Japan sometime in 2019.
Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl's Flower. She blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos. Her latest work can be seen in the charity anthology The Hybrid, which is currently available for preorder.