Anime Basics: ID-0

ID-0
Genre: Science Fiction, Mecha
Season: Spring 2017
Premiere Date: April 9, 2017

Introduction

“I-Machines” are a catch-all term for large robots that pilots transfer their very consciousness into, syncing their senses with them to perform work in harsh environments. Alliance Academy student Maya Mikuri runs into an accident while handling some I-Machine work—only to be rescued by a ship from Excavators GP, an Orichalt excavation firm and de-facto band of pirates that pilots I-Machines. There, she finds herself forced to work as part of their crew…

ID-0 is a robotic-action show like nothing before, set in the far reaches of deep space. It’s the latest team-up between Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion director Goro Taniguchi and Mobile Suit Gundam 00 writer Yosuke Kuroda.

Character concepts are provided by Last Exile’s Range Murata, while Gundam 00’s Kanetake Ebikawa is handling mechanical designs. The producer is Sanzigen, known for their heavily-praised work in cel-like 3DCG. Together, they’re ready to offer a full-3DCG experience, featuring charming characters, amazing I-Machines, and a deep-space spectacle like none seen before.

And as she works with the crew—each with their own idiosyncrasies—Maya will learn what being “human” really means.

Story

Maya Mikuri, student at the Academy planetary alliance, is handling investigation and excavation work on an asteroid in the Albireo star system, accompanied by her teachers. Using the Mind Trance (MT) system, she transfers her consciousness directly into an I-Machine robot to handle the excavation. But following a malfunction with her robot, Maya finds herself being rescued by an I-Machine group calling themselves Excavators—while still in I-Machine form herself, away from her physical body. The group is part of Excavate, a business dealing in Orichalt excavation, and every one of them has their own unique quirks. Maya wants to go back to her own body ASAP—something her rescuers agree to only if she helps with their work.

Characters


Maya Mikuri
Voice: Minami Tsuda

A student at the Academy planetary alliance. After an accident, she finds herself working with the members of Excavators GP. Keen and sharp-witted, but also a little timid and willing to let events unfold around her.


IDO
Voice: Kazuyuki Okitsu

IDO’s I-MACHINE.

Part of the Excavators GP. Brash and hot-headed, but his skills as a miner are first-class. Often willing to take on risky mining jobs, but he boasts a constant record of success nonetheless.


Clair Hojo
Voice: Hisako Kanemoto

Part of the Excavators GP. The daughter of Grayman, she serves as an operator.


Mysterious Girl
Voice: Reina Ueda

A young girl shrouded in mystery.


Rick Ayer
Voice: Masaya Matsukaze

Rick Ayer’s I-MACHINE.

Part of the Excavators GP. A cheerful man, he likes flirting with women when he isn’t satisfying his racing itch. He drives his fellow crew forward with his scarlet-red I-Machine.


Karla Milla-Foden
Voice: Sayaka Ohara

Karla Milla-Foden’s I-MACHINE.

Part of the Excavators GP. She handles information gathering and sales duties. Sociable and pushy, she is used to handling negotiations.


Grayman
Voice: Rikiya Koyama

Grayman’s I-MACHINE.

President of the Excavators GP. Beloved as father figure, he aims for high-payout Orichalt jobs as he bands his ragtag gang of miners together.


Fa-loser
Voice: Ari Ozawa

Fa-loser’s I-MACHINE.

Part of the Excavators GP, apparently some sort of animal being controlled via a Mind Trance.


Amanza Volchkova
Voice: Junko Minagawa

Amanza Volchkova’s I-MACHINE.

Amanza is a first lieutenant of United Planets Forces.


Where to Watch

Not Currently Streaming

Links

Official Website
Official Twitter

Staff

Director: Goro Taniguchi
Series Organization & Screenplay: Yosuke Kuroda
Mechanic Character Designer: Kanetake Ebikawa
Original Concept of Animation Characters: Range Murata
Animation Character Designer: Hiromi Kato
Mechanic Designers: Fumihiro Katagai, Takashi Takakura, Takayuki Yanase
Prop Design: Yoshinori Iwanaga
3DCG Supervisor: Yoshikazu Kon
Modeling Directors: Kazuki Hirai, Yasuhisa Takeuchi
Rigging Director: Daisuke Yotsumoto
Animation Directors: Kentaro Shiga, Hiroyasu Nishino  Atsushi Mimura  Motoki Nakamura
Art Director: Yuuzi Kaneko
Art Setting: Akihiro Hirasawa   Akane Iwakuma
Researcher: Seiichi Shirato
Color Planning: Akiko Shibata, Junko Kitagawa
Composite Director: Daisuke Okumura
Editor: Mai Hasegawa
Sound Director: Jin Aketagawa
Music: Takayuki Hattori
Opening Theme Song: “ID-0” by Sayaka Sasaki
Ending Theme Song: “Stellar Compass” by Hironobu Kageyama
Music Production: Lantis
Animation Production: Sanzigen
Produced by: World Cosplay Summit

Cast

Minami Tsuda as Maya Mikuri
Hisako Kanemoto as Clair Hojo
Kazuyuki Okitsu as IDO
Masaya Matsukaze as Rick Ayer
Sayaka Ohara as Karla Milla‐Foden
Rikiya Koyama as Grayman
Ari Ozawa as Fa–Loser    
Junko Minagawa as Amanza Volchkova    
Reina Ueda as Mysterious Girl

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