Avex Pictures has announced that its multimedia project Live Paradox will receive a television anime series in 2023. More information about the anime’s production and international release will be revealed at a later date.
Avex made the official announcement during their worldwide broadcast of the Live Paradox dope show concert. They also uploaded a 30-second trailer to confirm the anime’s production progress.
The Live Paradox The Media Mix project is a collaboration between Avex Pictures and GCREST. The series focuses on rap battles between different factions, similar to King Records. Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle series. Several singles and albums have been released since 2019.
The franchise primarily features four rap groups in its storyline. Each faction is made up of:
BAE — A trio of friends from the same international private university who rap in Japanese, English and Korean. Akane Aki designed the characters for BAE.
- • Gakuto Kajiwara as Allen Sugasano
- • Ayumu Murase as Yeon Hajun
- • 96Neko as Anne Faulkner
The Cat’s Whiskers — A four-person crew whose musical style is a combination of hip hop and jazz. Kuniharu Komiya designed the characters for this group.
- • Ryouta Takeuchi as Naoakira Saimon
- • Yuu Hayashi as Yohei Kanbayashi
- • Natsuki Hanae Ryuu Natsume
- • Junta Terashima as Shiki Ando
Cozmez – A duo consisting of twins Kanata and Nayuta Yatonokami. Their songs focus on the hardships of their childhood and life in the slums. Kinakko designed the Cozmez members.
- • Yuusuke Kobayashi as Kanata Yatonokami
- • Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Nayuta Yatonokami
Akanyatsura — A five-person team whose members are related to the Suiseki yakuza clan. Each member considers themselves a family. Harada named the members of this group.
- • Takayuki Kondo as Iori Suiseki
- • Shima like Gaho Zen
- • Shunichi Toki as Masaki Hokusai
- • Tasuku Hatanaka as Satsuki Ito
- • Shogo Yano as Reo Maruyama
Live Paradox takes place in the near future, when hip-hop culture has inspired a new movement called “Phantom Live”. Rappers of all kinds now have the power to create illusions tied to their emotions using special props called “phantometal” that help them inspire people on the bright stage. However, the price they must pay for these new powers are the traumatic illusions that haunt them.
Four rap groups (BAE, The Cat’s Whisker’s, cozmez and Akanyatsura) come together in a legendary club called CLUB PARADOX, where each of them engages in intense rap battles to prove which music is number one.
Source: Pictures of Avex, Paradoxical website live