Key and Wright Flyer Studios, developers of Heaven Burns Red, unveiled a special event for the game’s first anniversary: A crossover with classic 2010 anime series Angel Beats!. The Heaven Burns Red x Angel Beats! crossover begins on Friday, February 10, 2023 in Japan [Thanks, Ryokutya2089!]
The official account for Heaven Burns Red also posted promotional art to accompany the announcement. The art shows Heaven Burns Red protagonist Ruka Kayamori standing alongside three Angel Beats! characters: Yuri “Yurippe” Nakamura, Kanade “Angel” Tachibana, and Miyuki Irie. The event is titled “The Place Where The Cosmos Continue to Bloom” in Japanese.
1周年の2月10日から、「ヘブンバーンズレッド × Angel Beats!」期間限定コラボの開催が決定！
Key 麻枝 准 完全書き下ろし、Angel Beats!の新たな物語をお楽しみください。#ヘブバン #ヘブバンAngelBeatsコラボ pic.twitter.com/lFxsGxbO7D
— ヘブンバーンズレッド公式 (@heavenburnsred) February 5, 2023
According to the announcement, the Heaven Burns Red x Angel Beats! crossover event will be written by Jun Maeda, who created Angel Beats!, as well as serving as creative lead for Heaven Burns Red. Released in February 2022, Heaven Burns Red was developed as a collaborative project between Wright Flyer Studios and Key for Key’s 21st anniversary. It stars young women who can wield weapons called “Seraphs” against an alien enemy called “Cancer”, and blends visual novel storytelling elements with 3D battles.
Angel Beats! was first released in 2010, as an anime series produced by ASCII Media Works. It featured writing from Jun Maeda, and involvement from members of Key in prominent positions such as character design and music composition. It’s set in the afterlife, which takes the form of a Japanese high school. Yuzuru Otonashi, an amnesiac boy, wakes up in this afterlife, only to be recruited by Yuri Nakamura into the “SSS” (the “Shinda Sekai Sensen”, or “Afterlife Battlefront”), a guerilla organization dedicated to rebelling against the unseen “God” that runs the afterlife. Representing God is the “Angel”, another student who has supernatural powers, and who the SSS members attack regularly with hand-crafted weapons. The anime was adapted into a manga, and received its own visual novel version developed by Key in 2015.
Heaven Burns Red is available on iOS and Android devices in Japan. The Angel Beats! crossover event kicks off on February 10, 2023.