Mecha-Ude: Mechanical Arms Project Gets Full-Fledged Anime Series, Manga

A new "full-scale" series is being inspired by the Mecha-Ude (Mechanical Arms) anime project, which started its crowdfunding campaign in 2016 for a pilot episode that was published in 2019. A visual has been made available for the newest anime.

Middle schooler Hikaru and his Mecha-Ude friend Alma will be the focus of the Mecha-Ude series, just like its pilot, which was supported via Kickstarter and Campfire. The Mecha-Ude are mechanical life forms that arrived from another dimension and "compressed their bodies into 'arms' in order to sustain the dimensional crossing, and they came to Earth in search of our copious arbitrium supplies."

The visual also shows the return of Mecha-Ude Wielder Aki and the green-haired Jun. Director and creator Okamoto says that the new production will feature “new characters including other Mecha-Ude and Mecha-Ude users.”

 A Mecha-Ude manga is starting to serialize today and will be accessible on LINE Manga and ebookjapan ahead of the debut of the new anime. The anime's Fukuoka-based production company TriF is in charge of the narrative, and Yoshino Koyoka, the creator of Aria the Scarlet Ammo, is in charge of the artwork. The first three chapters of the manga are available without charge; the fourth chapter will initially be available for purchase but subsequently become free.

A film introducing the studio was also made available.

Toshiyuki Toyonaga and Tomokazu Sugita played Hikaru and Alma, respectively, in the Mecha-Ude pilot. The opening theme music was sung by EVE, and the closing song was performed by AZLiGHTZ. CyberConnect2 participated in a managerial capacity.

The pilot is described as:

The resistance organization ARMS fights against the Kagami Group. The Mecha-Ude Wielders who belong to ARMS are being targeted, and their Mecha-Ude are being stolen. If the stolen Mecha-Ude cannot be retrieved, their human owners will die.

Alma is one of the Mecha-Ude targeted by the Kagami Group, and he is being protected by the Mecha-Ude Wielder Aki. Aki believes that a former rival of hers, another Mecha-Ude Wielder, may be involved in this case. To find the truth, she ignores her supervisor’s warnings and sets out to do her own investigation. Hikaru and Alma are dragged along with her.

Subtlety is not one of Aki’s specialties, and she decides to start interrogating every Mecha-Ude Wielder in the city. Tonight she’s about to head out to do more interrogations, and a very annoyed Alma and Hikaru will be going with her…

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