The official website for Shironeko Project: Zero Chronicle, the television anime of Colopl's Shironeko Project smartphone game, began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Friday. The website also revealed Takanori Nishikawa and ASCA's opening theme song "Tenbin -LIbra-" and Rei Yasuda's ending theme song "through the dark." The video previews "Tenbin -LIbra-."
In addition, the website revealed that the anime will have two Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases with six episodes each, for a total of 12 episodes. The first home video volume will ship on June 26, and the second will ship on July 29.
The anime stars:
- Yuuki Kaji as Yami no Ōji (Prince of Darkness)
- Yui Horie as Hikari no Ō Airisu (Queen of Light Iris)
The rest of the cast includes:
- Shōgo Batori as Faios
- Chise Nakamura as Sima
- Takuya Iwabata as Teo
- Kensuke Matsui as Alantia
- Katsuyuki Miura as Valas
- Una Nagisa as Groza
- Atsuyoshi Miyazaki as Skears
- Kengo Takanashi as Adelle
- Susumu Akagi as Yami no Ō (King of Darkness)
- Shōzō Iizuka as Bal
As the anime's title indicates, the anime will adapt the "Zero Chronicle: Hajimari no Tsumi" (The First Sin) prologue event that commemorated the game's third anniversary.
Masato Jinbo (Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei!, Chaos;Child) is writing and directing the anime at project No.9 (The Ryuo's Work is Never Done!), and Yousuke Okuda (Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale animation director, Is the order a rabbit?) is designing the characters. Taku Iwasaki (Bungo Stray Dogs) is composing the music. The franchise's Hiroki Asai (Colopl) is serving as executive producer of the anime, and the game's director Ryōji Tsunoda is serving as the anime's supervisor.
<!––>Colopl's Shironeko Project smartphone game launched in Japan in 2014, and launched in English with the title Rune Story in 2015. The game's English version ceased updates in 2016. The 3D action RPG features real-time battles and players can team up together in groups of four to take on foes. City building is also a prominent aspect that can affect how players' characters grow.
The game was ranked one of the mobile games fans most want to have an anime adaptation on a survey by Famitsu App in 2018.
Nintendo filed a lawsuit against Colopl in January 2018, alleging that Colopl infringed on at least five Nintendo patents in Shironeko Project. Nintendo is seeking 4.4 billion yen (about US$40 million) in damages and a suspension of Shironeko Project. Nintendo clarified in July 2018 that the lawsuit is a separate matter from its games software business and will not affect Shironeko New Project. The court hearings are still ongoing for the lawsuit.