The Assault Lily Project is a mixed-media franchise based on 1/12-scale action doll figures conceived by the doll maker Azone International and the creative group acus in 2013.
The tagline on the anime's website reads, "A rhapsody of petals dancing on the frontline." The theme of the project centers around battles waged by beautiful girls with weapons.
The project's website describes its story:
On Earth in the near future, humanity faced imminent destruction from mysterious giant creatures known as "Huge." The entire world unites against the Huge, and successfully develops weaponry known as "CHARM" (Counter Huge Arms) by combining science and magic. CHARM exhibits high rates of synchronization with teenaged girls, and the girls who use CHARM are viewed as heroes called "Lilies." Throughout the world, "Garden" military academies are established to train Lilies to face the Huge and to serve as bases to protect and guide people. This is a story about fighting girls who aim to become Lilies at one such Garden.
The cast includes:
Yūko Natsuyoshi as Yuyu Shirai
Mikako Izawa as Kaede Johan Nouvel
Rimi Nishimoto as Fumi Futagawa
Risa Tsumugi as Tazusa Andō
Haruki Iwata as Thi Mai Yoshimura
Sana Hoshimori as Kuo Shenlin
Hikaru Tohno as Wang Yujia
Karin Takahashi as Miliam Hildegard von Guropius
Shouji Saeki (He Is My Master, Mahoromatic: Summer Special, Medaka Box) is directing the anime at SHAFT, with Mieko Hosoi (Aiura, Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions, Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū) as the character designer. Keita Nagahara is the assistant director. Kazuya Shiotsuki (Gourmet Girl Graffiti) is the sub-character designer, and is also serving as chief animation director alongside Sōta Suwa (Sakura Quest, Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san 2).
Other staff members include:
- CHARM Design: Hiyori Denforword Akishino
- Huge Design: Hiromichi Ishida
- Action Director: Kanta Suzuki
- Art Director: Kouji Maruyama, Marie Kitai
- Color Key: Jin Hibino
- CGI Director: Kyohei Oikawa, Hisato Shima
- Compositing Director of Photography: Naoki Etō
- Editing: Rie Matsubara
- Sound Director: Toshiki Kameyama
- Music: Akito Matsuda
The anime will premiere next July. The cast members are starring in both the anime and Bushiroad's Assault Lily: League of Guardians stage play that will run at Tokyo's Shinjuku Face venue from January 9 to January 15: