Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero and Psycho-Pass writer Gen Urobuchi’s puppetry extravaganza Thunderbolt Fantasy ended last week, rounding off with the announcement of a new series. With production green-lit on the sequel to the “chivalrous fantasy puppet show”, we can expect more info to appear on the project’s official website in the near future.
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Created after Urobuchi visited Taiwan and found himself enchanted by the country’s unique glove puppetry operas, PILI Multimedia Inc., whose performances he especially enjoyed, produced the series as he wrote scripts and acted as chief supervisor. Steins;Gate visual novel developers Nitroplus contributed character designs, Hiroyuki Sawano of Attack on Titan composed the music, and T.M. Revolution performed the theme song ‘Raimei’.
The original series premiered on July 8th. Crunchyroll streamed new episodes as they aired in Japan, and give the show the following description:
What happens when you then take Gen Urobuchi from Nitroplus and partner him with Pili International Media, the company responsible for the glove puppetry media with the highest production values? The result is a miraculous collaboration. The result is an all-new wuxia fantasy series, with Gen Urobuchi providing the premise, screenplay, and series composition, and Pili handling the filming and production: Thunderbolt Fantasy!