If you need a tubular tune to help push you into the back half of Thursday, then Bandai Namco has you covered. The publisher has released the opening anime to its intergalactic alien fighter Scarlet Nexus, which is set to launch on PlayStation, PC, and Xbox June 25.
The hard-rockin’ sequence, animated by studio Sunrise of Gundam and Cowboy Bebop fame, sees some of the psychically charged soldiers of The OSF preparing to go to war with a brain-eating alien force known as “The Others”. The action is scored by Japanese rock band checks notes The Oral Cigarettes, blasting out Scarlet Nexus‘ theme song “Dream in Drive”. If it’s too loud then you’re too old, Grandad! Go get your cocoa and pipe! Incidentally, Sunrise has already been commissioned to produce a tie-in anime, which will air later in 2021.
Scarlet Nexus, which is currently in development at Bandai Namco Studios, quietly pushes its way to completion. While it definitely feels like one of those titles people forget is on the radar, its apocalyptic storyline, electric cast of characters, and promises of chaotic, free-roaming battles of mind vs. monster, could find it one of the summer’s most cathartic and exciting releases. Watch this space… or just “project forward” and find out for yourself.