The staff of the Anime Expo Lite virtual event has announced on its website that it will host the world premiere of Chukyo TV and Sublimation’s original “near-future science-fiction battle action” anime Shikizakura on July 4, 2021 at 5:15 p.m. PDT (8:15 p.m. EDT). The premiere episode will only be available during the live stream will not be available to watch through video on demand.
The story of Shikizakura is described as:
In the place of Shikizakura (cherry trees), where autumn leaves and cherry blossoms are flourishing and where the human world intersects with the demon world, a ritual to save the human world is about to begin…
Kakeru Miwa, a high school student, gets involved in a battle between powered suits and oni that emerge from the demon world to prey on Onis manifest themselves in this world by possessing humans. Only “Yoroi,” powered suit that is a fusion of ancient secrets and cutting-edge technology, can protect people from onis. Kakeru puts on a Yoroi by chance and becomes a semi-official member of a team that fights against onis.
Determined to become a hero, Kakeru battles Onis to protect Ouka Myojin, the shrine maiden destined to save the world. In the season of Shikizakura, in midst of autumn leaves and a flurry of cherry petals, Ouka performs a dance as a shrine maiden. At the place where the past and the future, this world and the alien world, people’s thoughts and hopes all meet, a tale of heroic action-adventure begins.
Shikizakura is scheduled to premiere in October 2021.