Stand My Heroes: Warmth of Memories OVA premiere date in 2023, key visual and staff revealed

Key visual for the upcoming anime Stand My Heroes: Warmth of Memories.
A key visual for the upcoming anime Stand My Heroes: Warmth of Memories. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

On September 5, 2022, the staff for the upcoming OVA adaptation of the Stand My Heroes smartphone game and anime revealed its production team members, a new key visual, and its title.

Stand My Heroes: Warmth of Memories is set to premiere in 2023 for a streaming release!

You can watch a teaser trailer here:

「スタンドマイヒーローズ」OVA制作決定!特報
Trailer for Stand My Heroes: Warmth of Memories.

What is the plot of Stand My Heroes: Warmth of Memories?

The story is set in an alternate universe Japan where drugs have become the center of conflict and crime involving them has been increasing at an alarming rate. Due to the fact that the police department is unable to control the chaos, they decide on creating a special united dubbed STAND (Narcotic Control Department of investigators under the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare) — made up of unique, specialized experts and professionals better suited to handle the pressing issue.

The heroine, Rei Izumi, has immunity to many, if not most, kinds of drugs, and decides to join the narcotics investigation unit. As a novice, she is assigned the daunting task of recruiting potential representatives of STAND, who will be sent out on missions. Rei was recommended to the unit due to her strong sense of justice and devotion to police work.

As Rei begins scouting different individuals, she realizes this task might not be as easy as she assumed since each candidate harbors their own feelings, ideologies, and willingness toward joining the team and regulating drugs as a whole. The men she encounters have colorful personalities and they question her capability as a narcotics officer, which stirs conflict and makes Rei’s life unpredictable.

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Convincing the various contenders for STAND isn’t the only obstacle she faces, however, and as she becomes involved in the treacherous underworld of drugs, which is overflowing with deceit and secrecy, her life is put in danger. Luckily, she’s befriended several smart and powerful ikemen (beautiful, handsome men), who won’t fail to protect her. She ends up recruiting a wide variety of ikemen from investigators, idols, writers, genius high school students, top designers, and butlers to underground doctors.

Due to the fact the story is based on an otome puzzle game for female players, the story is sure to be a “reverse harem” where the men the heroine comes into contact with will become her “romance interests”. As she gets to know them, they will inevitably vie for her attention and affections.

Warmth of Memories is inspired by the Narumi Seo event map story that launched in the original April 2018 game. Appearing for the very first time will be the heroes of the Seo Research Lab.

The character designs of the members of Seo Laboratory have been released:

Character designs for the members of Seo Laboratory: Ikuto Saotome, Shion Hinata, Narumi Seo, Kiyoshi Hosho, and Kikaru Kawai.
Character designs for the members of Seo Laboratory: Ikuto Saotome, Shion Hinata, Narumi Seo, Kiyoshi Hosho, and Hikaru Kawai (left to right). Pic credit: @natalie.mu

Who are the members of the Stand My Heroes OVA production team?

Warmth of Memories’ production team members include:

  • Director — Hitomi Ezoe (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure episode director, Hozuki’s Coolheadedness)
  • Animation — M.S.C. Studio (Stand My Heroes: Piece of Truth)
  • Scriptwriter — Sayaka Harada (STARMYU, Code: Realize: Guardian of Rebirth)
  • Scenario advisor — Hajime Aida
  • Character designer — Yukie Takayama (STARMYU episode animation director, Code: Realize: Guardian of Rebirth)
  • Music — fox capture plan (Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai, Salaryman’s Club)
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Where can I play the game?

On September 5, 2016, the Japanese mobile game titled Stand My Heroes was released for iOS and Android. It was developed by Coly. The game boasts 1 million downloads.

Where can I watch the first anime adaptation?

On October 7, 2019, an anime adaptation of the game, titled Stand My Heroes, aired in Japan. Funimation licensed the series internationally outside of Asia and streamed it as it aired in Japan. An English dub premiered one week after the original release of the first episode, on October 14, 2019.

Are you looking forward to the upcoming OVA Stand My Heroes: Warmth of Memories? Let us know in the comment section below!

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