Stand your ground! Shangri-La anime premieres 19 September 2011 on Animax Asia

Airs weekdays at 10PM WIB

Shangri-La ex-Animax Asia

Shangri-La © Eiichi Ikegami/KADOKAWA SHOTEN/SHANGRI-LA Partners.
[Image from Animax Asia]

Shangri-La premieres 19 September 2011, Monday, 10PM WIB (UTC+7), on Animax Asia and airs every weekday thereafter. It replaces Nodame Cantabile: Finale.

When the Tokyo government tries to create a new area in the city for elites, this leads to an explosive clash between government forces and anti-government guerillas. 18 year old Kuniko Hojo, the future leader of the anti-government forces, finds herself in the heart of the battle to protect her beloved city. –Animax' synopsis

TV Tropes on Shangri-La: An odd duck if there ever was one, proposing a world driven into poverty by carbon taxes, into chaos by arbitrage in carbon credits, and awaiting a savior - in the form of a Genius Ditz Magical Girl with a Precision-Guided Boomerang.

The 24-episode anime adaptation by Gonzo aired in Japan from April to September 2009. Seiyuu Takahashi Mikako (Shirayuki Hotogi in Aria the Scarlet Ammo; Sadaharu, Gintama') voices Hojo Kuniko, her of the Precision-Guided Boomerang. Ariga Yui (Newspaper circle chief, R-15) is Mikuni, resident of the Evil Tower Of Ominousness (Atlas) with the uncanny ability to see through lies and subsequently puts liars to death. Iguchi Yuka (Misawa Maho, Ro-Kyu-Bu!) portrays Ishida Karin, another Atlas dweller who not only can control the carbon credit market, she talks to teddy bears as if they were people, too. Predictable me, I'm more interested in these other Atlas Corp.’ers because of the smexy voices behind them: Imaki Sion (voiced by Fukuyama Jun), Kusanagi Kunihito (Ishii Makoto), Kudo Shogo (Sakurai Takahiro) and Imaki Leon (Nakamura Yuuichi).

Bessho Makoto (Ah! My Goddess: The Movie) directs, but Animax reserves the on-screen hype for character designer Range Murata (Last Exile and Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing) and opening theme singer May'n.

Shangri-La was originally a light novel written by Ikegami Eiichi and illustrated by Yoshida Ken'ichi that serialized in Newtype magazine from April 2004 and May 2005. It was bound in a whopping 592-page volume first in September 2005, before Kadokawa Shoten reissued it in two bunko volumes in October 2008. Either version is obviously not available in Indonesia, and unless you vote in favor of Elex Media resuming its J-Novel line, chances are we'll never see an Indonesian edition. Possibility is not zero percent though with the manga adapt (illustrated by Karasuma Tasuku), which is still ongoing (volume 4 streeted in Japan 2010.02).

Shangri-La the anime has one OP, Kimi Shinitamō Koto Nakare, sung by May'n (as already noted), but two ending themes: Hajimari no Asa ni Hikari Are. and Tsuki ni Kakuseshi Chō no Yume, both performed by Midori.

Shangri-La on Animax Asia: Airdates/airtimes (Episodes 1-5)

Date/Time 19 Sep 20 Sep 21 Sep 22 Sep 23 Sep 24 Sep
2am   1E 2E 3E 4E 5E
7am   1E 2E 3E 4E  
11am   1E 2E 3E 4E  
3pm   1E 2E 3E 4E  
7pm   1E 2E 3E 4E  
10pm 1P 2P 3P 4P 5P  

Source: Animax Asia; P: Premiere; E: Encore

Weekend replays of episodes 1-5 begin at 730am and 4pm on Sunday, 25 September, and on early Monday morning, 26 September, at 230am.

Airdates/airtimes (Episodes 6-10)

Date/Time 26 Sep 27 Sep 28 Sep 29 Sep 30 Sep 1 Oct
2am   6E 7E 8E 9E 10E
7am 5E 6E 7E 8E 9E  
11am 5E 6E 7E 8E 9E  
3pm 5E 6E 7E 8E 9E  
7pm 5E 6E 7E 8E 9E  
10pm 6P 7P 8P 9P 10P  

For further schedules, check the Animax Asia website, which now fortunately has snap synopses. I excerpt synops for episodes 1 through 10 below:

Shangri-La Episode Synopses

May contain   [SPOILERS!]

Episode 1: Returned Girl
A young girl, Kuniko Hojo, is being groomed to be the future leader of a major resistance organisation.

Episode 2: Cursed Sea of Ikebukuro
Kuniko and the other Metal Age members perform a search and rescue operation of Duomo's residents.

Episode 3: Creation of the Layers of Heaven and Earth
Takehiko and other Metal Age members raid a train from Atlas for supplies.

Episode 4: Neo-Akihabara
Kuniko muses on the vision of Atlas, and decides to finance a rebellion against Atlas by selling the community's store of graphite.

Episode 5: Crazed Dance
Kuniko and Momoko bump into Kunihito, who masquerades himself as an otaku.

Episode 6: Fictitious Battle Line
The government begins its hunt for Serpent.

Episode 7: Sorrow, Love and Hatred
Ryoko's men launch a sneak attack on Duomo, demanding Kuniko to come with them.

Episode 8: Cruel Lipstick
Atlas authority announces the imminent execution of Kuniko.

Episode 9: Divine Revelation of the Sun and Moon
Sayoko attacks the trio with her sniper rifle.

Episode 10: Sword of the Power of Words
The Metal Age members discuss whether Kuniko will take over Nagiko's place as leader.

Iamque opus exegi,
~niki DBA 30uɐlnɯɐnɥ (花木蘭03)
Mistress of Adoxography who thanks Animax Asia very much


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