Crunchyroll isn't the only one bolstering their summer lineup early on! On Thursday, March 18th, Funimation revealed a big new title that will be added to their site come this summer; an anime adaptation of the video game Scarlet Nexus! Yeah, you read that correctly, the upcoming action video game is also getting an anime adaptation that will almost coincide with the video game release date.
In posts that went up on their official blog and Twitter account, Funimation revealed a ton of details including a trailer, a key visual, the producing studio, and information about the lead characters. The series will stream in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, United Kingdom, and Ireland; on AnimeLab in Australia and New Zealand; and on Wakanim in Russia, France, Germany, and Scandinavia. Beloved studio Sunrise will produce the series.
Scarlet Nexus Anime Trailer
Unfortunately, the trailer is only a few seconds long and reveals nothing about the story. We barely even see the main characters except in quick flashes, which is frustrating. One can only assume that we'll see more within the next few weeks, but this video barely even qualifies as a trailer.
Funimation describes the story as:
Solar calendar year 2020: grotesque organisms called Others have begun eating people. To take down this new enemy, the Other Suppression Force is formed. Saved by this elite team as a child, psychokinetic Yuito withstands the training to enlist. On the other hand, prodigy Kasane was scouted for her abilities. But Kasane's dreams tell her strange things, dragging the two into an unavoidable fate.
The first main character, Yuito Sumeragi, is described as someone who grew up idolizing the military after being saved by them as a child. Armed with the power of psychokinesis (the ability to move objects with his mind), he joins the military willingly. The second main character is Kasane Randall, who was actively scouted for the military after being adopted into a prestigious family.
Anime adaptations of video games aren't always great. There's no hard and fast rule that says that they are uniformly terrible, but to say that they can be "hit or miss" isn't horribly out of line. While I'd rather they waited a bit to judge the reception to the game before launching the anime, it seems that Bandai Namco wants to strike while the iron is hot and get as many eyes on this release as possible. Good luck to them.
Source: Funimation Blog