At the FicZone event held in Granada, Spain on April 1st, Hiroshi Nagahama took the chance to feed us more details on his latest directorial work, The Reflection, co-created by comics legend Stan Lee. According to Anime News Network’s report, the Mushi-shi director announced that idol group 9nine will not only perform the anime’s theme song, but make prominent appearances as characters in the series itself. In Nagahama’s own words, the group will only appear intermittently, but when they do, “they will get a lot of attention. It’s like Hulk from The Avengers, he gets the best part”.
The Studio DEEN and POW! Entertainment co-production will be Stan Lee’s most direct work in an anime outing thus far. He wrote the scripts for the studio BONES Heroman anime, but is fully involved in production for The Reflection, as Nakahama also revealed at FicZone.
Last month, Bandai Visual streamed the series’ third teaser promo, which announced its full title as The Reflection Wave One. Additionally, it reveals a July premiere set to occur simultaneously worldwide. Previous promos featured a preview of Trevor Horn’s music, and Stan Lee himself introducing the Reflection phenomena.
With a confirmed 12-episode run, other staff members include Mushi-shi episode director Koichiro Sohtome as series director, Naruto‘s Yasuyuki Suzuki as scriptwriter, and Berserk‘s Yoshihiko Umakoshi designing Nagahama’s characters for animation. The story takes place after a calamity where Earth was struck by strange rays of light. The mysterious beams killed many, but granted certain survivors with superhuman abilities. The official English synopsis of The Reflection is as follows:
After THE REFLECTION, some of the people in all parts of the world are discovered with super powers.
Some become heroes, and others villains.
How did the Reflection happen? What was the cause of it?
With many unsolved mysteries, the world is lead into turmoil.