Sentai Filmworks bringing Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation to North America


While it’s not the video game, some form of Phantasy Star Online 2 will be making its way to North America thanks to anime licensing company Sentai Filmworks which has picked up the distribution rights for “Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation” in North America. In a press release dated today, Sentai Filmworks revealed that the anime series will be a part of their winter 2016 anime season lineup. Sentai Filmworks releases anime on both traditional and digital media platforms, so expect “Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation” to be released on one of or both of those formats, and based on Sentai Filmworks’ past releases a home video release is possible.

After the break, read the full press release.

HOUSTON, December 29, 2015 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its latest acquisition, Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation, as part of the winter 2016 anime season lineup. Based on the hit MMORPG, this action-adventure series follows Itsuki Tachibana, a player of Phantasy Star Online 2, and the challenges he faces both in and outside of the game.

The series will be directed by Keiichiro Kawaguchi, with Mitsutaka Hirota handling both scripting and series composition. Character designs will be provided by Minoko Takasu, with animation produced by TELECOM ANIMATION FILM (Ramen Fighter Miki, Lupin III – The Italian Adventure (2015), Sengoku Basara: Judge End).

Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation is scheduled for a January 2016 broadcast in Japan. It will soon be available through select digital outlets, with a home video release to follow.

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About Sentai Filmworks, LLC

Sentai Filmworks is one of the largest licensors and distributors of anime and genre programming in North America, offering thousands of hours of content across traditional and digital media platforms. With hit series that include Parasyte –the maxim–, Log Horizon, High School of the Dead, Persona 4: The Animation, and Akame ga Kill!, Sentai’s catalog continues to grow with new favorites like Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls and iconic anime series such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes. For more information, visit


5 responses to “Sentai Filmworks bringing Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation to North America

  1. matty says:

    America gets the anime before even getting a hint the game is still coming X3

    But hey, if the anime is a hit Stateside, this will convince– I’m sorry, it’s so silly I can’t even joke about that!!

  2. Anon says:

    They announced the western release back when the game still was somewhat fresh out of beta, and a couple months after that, the game boomed and a ton of westerners joined in on Japanese servers, reducing the potential playerbase for the western release significantly. Anyone who really cares about the game is already playing it on foreign servers. I’m sure Sega is aware of this and I believe it’s why they decide against officially releasing it in the west. I mean, we all know they’ll fall behind with updates again and nobody’s going to leave their characters behind in favor of a version that’s severely lacking in content.

    Though I genuinely wonder if the American version of PSO2 would censor the cameltoe panty texture some armors have.

  3. Monado says:

    I do not want the game anymore pso2 can go. I played xenoblade chronicles and x. Both those games massively own pso2. If they brought it on release i would v bought it.

  4. Nei says:

    ^ As a big fan of JRPG, I really don’t get Xenoblade…it’s like a showcase of the worst aspects of JRPGS!
    Anyways it’s nice to see SOMETHING pso related coming West.

  5. STORM says:

    Too bad is not the original series.

    I’m sick of these animes with students.

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