Gaist Crusher Anime Based On Capcom’s New I.P. Begins This Month

By Eugene . October 6, 2013 . 12:30pm


Gaist Crusher, like any kids-targeted product worth its salt in Japan, has an anime tie-in to help build hype for Capcom’s new IP. The anime began airing on October 2nd at 6pm, the perfect for its target audience to sit down and watch. If you’re curious, there’s a (very tiny) special preview movie available on the official website.


The anime will explore the background of Gaimetal, the strange new metal ore discovered some 50,000 meters underground in 2047. Unfortunately, like how Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series is full of trolls encrusted with precious stones, mysterious beings called Gaist are stuck full of Gaimetals and rise up to defend themselves in 2055.


The main characters of the anime—Rekka, Hayato, Kurama and Siren—are part of those who don Gaist Gears to battle these strange foes. So… folks wearing armor to crush Gaist beasts… Ergo, Gaist Crusher.


Setting the anime up for the autumn season means it’ll be fresh in the minds of kids as they head into the holiday Christmas season (regaled full with Japan’s unique version, which involves Kentucky Fried Chicken) with the toys and game out just in time for it. Gaist Crusher will be out for the Nintendo 3DS December 5th.


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  • malek86

    That was one awkward theme music.

    • Daitrombe

      Don’t you dare hate on JAM Project, heretic.

      • malek86

        GAI-GAI-GAI Project, you mean.

      • Just Hiroshi Kitadani, but yeah~

  • British_Otaku

    I watched the first episode yesterday… I think they are squandering their time slot and opportunity to get kids into the franchise early (animation is weightless and nothing above generic but Hiroshi Kitadani) but we’ll see as the show goes on.

    Gaist Crusher is releasing on the same day as Bravely Default For The Sequel, the Attack on Titan 3DS game and Inazuma Eleven Go Galaxy so it’s going to have a tough time even if it is months away from Monster Hunter 4.

    • J_Joestar

      well the first two games probably have a lower target audience overlap, but inazuma eleven… yeah that will be a tough one.

      • British_Otaku

        I wouldn’t say that For the Sequel (I love the name enough to import and it’s releasing in Europe the same month) or Attack on Titan are going to be that small, even if I think Inazuma is the big one as it has the same audience. Ideally, you want to be the only big game in a single week, especially on an individual platform, less people choosing between your game, Pokemon, Monster Hunter 4, One Piece (two weeks earlier, bound to have legs), Toriko (one week earlier – might have some impact) and so on.

        At the very least, Gaist Crusher is getting some recognition from the anime (hardly the decade that some series have had) before the game releases even if it is a tough climate in the end of year rush.

        • J_Joestar

          well i meant that Gaist and Inazuma are both mainly aimed at young boys while the other two are mainly geared for an older audience (teens for AoT and adults for BD:FTS).

          • British_Otaku

            I follow you on that, Inazuma Eleven, the recently deceased Gyrosetter (I had “Gyrosettler” till not too long ago here), Youkai Watch (which charted 9th again apparently) and 2014’s Hero Bank are all aiming for the same market as Gaist Crusher.

            Still, you don’t want to be released close to big games even if their audience isn’t immediately comparable.

            I don’t see how BD:FTS falls into adults even if it is CERO C (ratings don’t equal the actual audience), but okay… >_>

          • J_Joestar

            well i meant target audience (as actual audience isn’t always just who is initially targeted). I mainly say it is adults because the whole concept of BD is based around a style (both artistic and gameplay wise) that evokes a high degree of nostalgia of older JRPGs, and most people who would have played those games when they first came out would be at least young adults by now.

          • British_Otaku

            I see… I don’t think other games which are aiming to market themselves over nostalgia (OoT3D, WWHD, Pokemon Fire Red/Heart Gold, ) are hoping that a lot of people who they were a hit with before are still interested and willing to support them again.

            It’s sort of like an adaptation of a book to ( ) into a movie, they would almost definitely want to get not only the older audience who may already have it and be growing wary but also a new broader audience by all means…

          • J_Joestar

            well i’m not saying they can’t hope or expect to reach other audiences, just that they may not be the main target who the company expects to make most of their money from.

  • TheExile285

    To watch or not to watch…..

    • British_Otaku

      If you have a Japanese 3DS, you may as well watch it to get hyped or somewhat more informed for the actual game as some people are probably doing with Senran Kagura.

      You can probably give it a pass otherwise, I’m definitely watching Kuroko’s Basketball Season 2 (strong episode from the get go with some Engrish, poorly placed English and great animation) and maybe picking up shows I missed like Attack on Titan and Valvrave the Liberator.

      • TheExile285

        Yeah no Japanese 3DS lol

        • British_Otaku

          Well, it’s still up to you whether you want to watch it.

          Of course, you will only be able to watch footage of the game even if you like the anime.

          Like, Lynx suggested, it’s probably a fine pick if you don’t mind a kid’s show based on a license. I’m probably too harsh on it. >_>

        • J_Joestar

          it can still be a fun watch, i watched Gyrozetter with no hope of ever playing the actual game.

    • Lynx

      I’d say it’s like GaoGaiGar. If you acknowledge the fact that it’s a kid show (and based on a videogame/ toyline.), you can probably get some enjoyment out of it.

      Actually, just use the subtitles for GaoGaiGar. It fits so well. Main organization is GGG for crying out loud, complete with shoulder emblems!

  • Minos

    Not sure if Seiya or Teppei…

    • kylehyde

      At the risk of being downvoted for being Teppei > Seiya

  • anthony apduhan

    Who wants to tag Gaist Spoilers on tumblr?

  • Go2hell66

    Jam project always makes the best themes

    • neocatzon

      GA GA GA GA GA GA GAOGAI- sorry.

  • J_Joestar

    well… here’s hoping it fares better than Gyrozetter!

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