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Chinese-Japanese Animation 'Cheating Craft' Announced for Fall 2016

Sep 6, 2016 8:40 AM

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The official website for Haoliner Animation League's Cheating Craft has been launched, and announced that it will begin its broadcast on October 5, via Tokyo MX at 6:30 p.m. for total of 12 episodes. The episodes will have a run-time of ten minutes.

In the world where education is everything, if you manage to pass exams with your academic ability, you will start your successful life. Those who fail the exam will start cruel life. The world is capable of only developing the gifted from a young age with exams, and there are some people who cannot accept the destiny if they unable to pass the exam, and would do anything to pass it. This includes cheating and interfering with the exam. The examination hall has become a battlefield because people cannot do exams anymore.

L (learning) type and C (Cheating) type students prevent each other from interfering with the exam, so that they can aim for high scores. In order to prevent the L-types from getting the high scores, C-type students would battle against them. This battle also involves the examiners who do not allow cheating, making the examination hall became more chaotic!

The heated battle between Mumei, who is an C-type student, and Koui, who is an L-type student, begins! Can Koui outsmart Mumei and her tricks?

Mumei Shokatsu: Tomohiro Yamaguchi (Ansatsu Kyoushitsu)
Koui Ou: Rie Kugimiya (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
Rinu Shu: Daisuke Namikawa (Prison School)
Haku Ryu: Reina Ueda (Jitsu wa Watashi wa)
JUN: Junya Ikeda (Digimon Adventure tri. 1: Saikai)
Anri: Yoko Hikasa (Danganronpa 3: The End of Kibougamine Gakuen - Mirai-hen)
Ms. Ou: Kotono Mitsuishi (Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon)

Director: Keitarou Motonaga (Date A Live)
Series Composition: Takamitsu Kouno (Absolute Duo)
Character Design: Mai Matsuura (Arcana Famiglia), Kie Tanaka (Hundred)
Design Works: Kenichi Oonuki (Gundam Build Fighters), Hisashi Saitou (Date A Live)
Prop Design: Gouichi Iwahata (Digimon Adventure tri. 1: Saikai)
General Illustration Director: Mai Matsuura, Kie Tanaka, Ryousuke Ootani
Key Animation: Yutaka Kamogawa
Art Setting: Kazushi Fujii, Hiroki Shinagawa (Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen), Tomoyuki Aoki (Accel World)
Art Director: Kei Ichikura (Tokyo Ravens)
Color Setting: Aiko Shinohara (Madan no Ou to Vanadis)
Director of Photography: Hideki Imaizumi (Sousei no Onmyouji)
Editing: Yoshiaki Kimura (Shinmai Maou no Testament)
Sound Director: Yasunori Ebina (Jormungand)
Music: Go Sakabe (Seiken Tsukai no World Break)
Studio: BLADE

Opening theme song: "Kasoku suru Trial (加速するトライアル)" by Kamen Joshi (仮面女子)
Ending theme song: "Welcome Future (ウェルカム・フューチャー)" by Aina Kusuda

Official site:
Official Twitter: @cheatingcraft

Cheating Craft is adapted from Chinese light novel titled Zuobi Yishu by Gemini Xin Luo, which also received manhua adaptation.

Source: Ota☆Suke

Cheating Craft on MAL
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Sep 6, 2016 8:47 AM
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Why is by Kotono Mitsuishi Neon Genesis Evangelion?

I mean, yeah, she's famous for Misato, but far more than her, she's one and only Usagi Tsukino / Sailor Moon.
Sep 6, 2016 8:52 AM

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Lol, another chinese anime

Not sure what to feel about this, dat "how to cheat in exams" sounds interesting though :/

Sep 6, 2016 8:54 AM

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Sounds retarded.

> Director: Keitarou Motonaga (Date A Live)
Series Composition: Takamitsu Kouno (Absolute Duo)

Grabbed all the best staff, too :D

Sep 6, 2016 8:56 AM
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Assuming it gets subbed, or dubbed. I will probably end up watching it.
Sep 6, 2016 9:10 AM

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This airs in less than one month, it's related to the Chinese, has garbage staff. What a tough choice.
Sep 6, 2016 9:39 AM

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AKA Naruto Chūnin First Phase Exams: The Anime
Sep 6, 2016 9:47 AM
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This is supposedly an adaptation of a Chinese LN which is also has a Manhua version with same name.
Sep 6, 2016 9:51 AM

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"Damn really hyped to get this show"

-Trash can.
Sep 6, 2016 10:00 AM
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A series with a loose foundation only the character designs looks great also no 24 min episode = bad news
Sep 6, 2016 10:29 AM

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Where do they find all these weird things to adapt??
"At some point, I stopped hoping."
Sep 6, 2016 10:35 AM

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Short length series..

Yeah, I don't have much hopes for this although I am curious about the novel as I've heard about it before.
Sep 6, 2016 11:21 AM

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D-arts said:
A series with a loose foundation only the character designs looks great also no 24 min episode = bad news

Also chinese Cupid's Chocolates was too short and the cheap, but the show turned out pretty interesting.
Level of my english is still too poor, so ask not particularly angry because of my terrible grammar.
Sep 6, 2016 1:17 PM
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I like the character design for this one.
Sep 6, 2016 1:44 PM
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Well this doesn't look that bad so, I'll probably check this out.
Sep 6, 2016 3:03 PM

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I get some BAKA to Test vibe after reading the synopsis
Sound like fun
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Sep 6, 2016 3:35 PM

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Music by Go Sakabe: Resuscitated Hope from Gosick and provider of undeservedly amazing work for Date A Live (songs and score) and SoniAni. Super Sonico got one of my favorite character leitmotifs ever, given to an otaku-pandering waifu-bait corporate mascot character in an overall mediocre show, because life is not fair.

I'm 28 and a lifelong fan of soundtrack music. Godlike Sakabe is the only composer for whom I'll watch anything just to hear his scores.

Oddly enough, Hatsukoi Monster turned out to be one of the most enjoyable shows I followed this season. Probably won't be so lucky next time, but his music elevates everything it touches, as MakiMakio wrote on Sakabe-san's page:

MakiMakio said:
That main theme for Seiken Tsukai no World Break... simply stunning. Prime example of how a great OST can elevate a not terribly remarkable anime to a whole other level.

Even a reviewer who gave SoniAni 3 out of 10 said this:

Perisher said:
The OST was easily one of the best this season. Many scenes felt particularly magical thanks to an inspiring musical backdrop. (...) It’s fair to say that the anime lacked in a few critical areas, but the music was spot-on every time.
Sep 6, 2016 8:27 PM

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The synopsis sounds more retarded as hell.
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Sep 7, 2016 2:18 AM
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I guess I'll check it out to see how it turns out.
Sep 7, 2016 7:39 AM

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MAL entry now up:

I hadn't quite registered that it was a short. AWESOME. Shorts are my bread and butter, even the bad ones. It's extremely hard to make me feel like I wasted my time watching shorts. I even enjoyed Pan de Peace.
Sep 8, 2016 12:13 AM

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Premise sounds dumb, but these kind of stories really depend on execution. xD
Sep 8, 2016 12:19 AM

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Today I learned even Chinese light novels can seem like something written by a teenager.
Sep 8, 2016 6:53 PM

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tsubasalover said:

General Illustration Director: Mai Matsuura, Kie Tanaka, Ryousuke Ootani
Key Animation: Yutaka Kamogawa

Credit's a bit incorrect there, it should be:

Chief Animation Director : Mai Matsuura, Kie Tanaka, Ryousuke Ootani
Main Animator : Yutaka Kamogawa

It's kinda unexpected to see Yutaka Kamogawa's name there, especially in this kind of project (Chinese-Japanese co production it seems).

I thought he will be working with Taniguchi Goro in his new anime, but then I remember that's a CG show. lol.
Sep 15, 2016 3:40 AM

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Sounds like baka to test... A little.