Metallic Rouge: Everything we know so far

Savannah Howard
Key visual from the Metallic Rouge trailerStudio Bones

From the studio behind My Hero Academia comes a new tech noir anime, Metallic Rouge. Here is its release date, trailer and more.

Studio Bones, known for Mob Psycho 100 and My Hero Academia, has announced a brand new original anime for their 25th anniversary.

Although the first episode has already been screened to lucky fans who made it to Anime NYC 2023, Studio Bones has kept much of the exciting details for this mecha-action series under wraps.

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But don’t worry! We’ve compiled as much information as possible. So, here is everything we know so far about Metallic Rouge.

Is there a Metallic Rouge release date?

Metallic Rouge will debut on January 11 at 12:55AM JST.

On December 7, Studio Bones announced that the series will air in Japan on Fuji TV (+Ultra) and will be simulcast for streaming outside of Asia on Crunchyroll. In Europe and the US, the series will premiere on January 10 due to time zone differences. You can check out your time zone below:

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  • 07:55am Pacific Time
  • 09:55am Central Time
  • 10:55am Eastern Time
  • 4:55pm Central European Time
  • 3:55pm Greenwich Mean Time

Metallic Rouge plot

Unlike many of the biggest names in anime at the moment, Metallic Rouge has no source material. However, the synopsis on the anime’s official website suggests that it will be a modern twist on a classic mecha story.

Based in a world where humans and androids coexist, the story revolves around an android girl called Rouge and her partner Naomi. They’re on a special mission on Mars to murder nine androids that are hostile to the government.

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Cast and crew

The crew behind Metallic Rouge boasts a wealth of sci-fi anime experience. At the helm as the chief director is Yutaka Izubuchi, known for Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone and Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. Working with him is Spirited Away animator Motonobu Hori, Ultraman R/B screenwriter Toshizo Nemoto, character designer will be Cowboy Bebop director and Studio Bones co-founder Toshihiro Kawamoto, and composer Taisei Iwasaki.

Alongside the release date announcement, came some additional cast info. The up-to-date cast list is as follows:

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  • Yume Miyamoto as Rouge
  • Tomoyo Kurosawa as Naomi Orthmann
  • Shunsuke Takeuchi as Jean Junghardt
  • Yuu Shimamura as Sara Fitzgerald
  • Hiroyuki Yoshino as Jaron Fate
  • Yui Ogura as Jill Sturgeon
  • Kenjiro Tsuda as Afdal Bashar
  • Kazuyuki Okitsu as Eden Varoque
  • Atsushi Miyauchi as Ash Stahl
  • Chiaki Kobayashi as Noid 262

It’s easy to see from the announced crew alone that Studio Bones believes that this project is going to be a hit. Although, you’ll have to wait until January 2024 to see for yourself.

Metallic Rouge trailer

On December 7, Studio Bones released a brand new trailer for Metallic Rouge. Check it out below.

This new trailer introduces anime fans to Rouge and Naomi, the show’s main characters and special investigators, divulges hints into their relationshiip and reveals a darker storyline than previously thought. It displays a gritty industrial setting, mecha action scenes, and power-armor-clad main characters.

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Is there a Metallic Rouge theme song?

On December 7, an official opening and closing theme song for Metallic Rouge was revealed in the trailer.

The opening theme is Yu-ka’s song Rouge, and ending theme is Scarlett, performed by DAZBEE.

On November 20, Crunchyroll also released a “special music clip” to reveal one of the songs which will be featured in the upcoming sci-fi anime’s soundtrack: Crimson Lightning.

The song comes from the show’s composer, Taisei Iwasaki, and the 2:30 video weaves together unseen footage with the lyrics to hint at the epic battles to come in this mecha series – as well as a darker nature than previously suggested in the October trailer.

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How to watch Crunchyroll from outside your location in 2023

Crunchyroll is the world’s best hub for streaming anime, whether it’s One PieceAttack on Titan, or Jujutsu Kaisen. And thanks to ExpressVPN, you can access the platform’s full library even if you’re outside the US.

If you’re abroad, here’s what you need to do to access Crunchyroll’s full selection – and it really is this simple:

  1. Sign up for ExpressVPN, which has ultra-fast servers and offers a secure, private connection wherever you are in the world
  2.  Connect to a location anywhere in the US. Express VPN allows you to choose from 24 different spots, from New Jersey to Santa Monica
  3.  Visit Crunchyroll online and start streaming all of your favorite animes – and perhaps some you’ve never watched

Accessing Crunchyroll’s US roster makes a difference. For example, Hong Kong users only have access to less than 100 titles, while the US has nearly 1,000 movies and TV shows.

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You can also stream anime on Crunchyroll for free with an ad-supported plan. Or you can pay for a subscription. There’s even a 14-day free trial if you can’t quite make up your mind.

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Savannah Howard is an Anime Writer at Dexerto. She loves dystopian thrillers, sci-fi and action series. You can email her here: