LISTENERS (リスナーズ, Risunāzu) is an original Japanese anime television series produced by MAPPA, created by Jin, Dai Satou, Taichi Hashimoto, and directed by Hiroaki Ando.[1] The series premiered in April 4, 2020 on the Animeism programming block on MBS and other networks.[2] The opening theme is "Into the blue's" by ACCAMER written by Jin and features 11 different ending songs sung by µ (Rie Takahashi) and composed by Jin.



The story of LISTENERS is set in a world where humanity's way of life is threatened by mysterious lifeforms known as the Earless. The only hope against the Earless are heroes known as Players, who can interface with special combat mecha known as Equipment.

After witnessing an epic battle (known as a the "Project Freedom Festival") between the Earless and the Players 10 years ago in which a Player named Jimi became a legend, a young boy named Echo has been longing to meet a Player again. Echo lives in a scrap town known as Liverchester, and one day when he's working on excavating the garbage mountain outside of town, he encounters a girl named μ ("Mu") who is suffering from amnesia. μ is also a Player, and she has an input jack in her waist.

Together, Echo and μ set out on a journey to discover μ's origins and to unravel the mysteries of her predecessor, Jimi.


LISTENERS newtype page from June 2019


  • Draft: 1st PLACE
  • Original Story: 1st PLACE, Story Riders
  • Planning and Production: Story Riders
  • Original Story Concepts: Jin, Dai Satou, Taichi Hashimoto
  • Series Composition: Dai Satou
  • Original Character Design: pomodorosa
  • Sub-character Designers and Chief Animation Directors
  • Mechanical Design: Hiroyuki Terao
  • Color Design: Junko Suenaga
  • Art Director: Yoshio Tanioka
  • Director of Photography: Takashi Yanagida
  • CGI Supervisor: Tomohiro Kawahara
  • CGI Director: Taisuke Gotō
  • 3DCG: Shiitake Digital
  • Editing: Mutsumi Takemiya
  • Sound Director: Kisuke Koizumi
  • Sound Production: dugout
  • Music: L!th!um
  • Music Producer: Jin
  • Music Production: DMM Music, Seitaro Shimizu (EDWORD RECORDS)
  • Animation Studio: MAPPA


# Title Air Date (Japanese)
01 Track 01. Live Forever April 4, 2020
02 Track 02. Half Man / Halber Mensch April 11, 2020
03 Track 03. You Made Me Realise April 18, 2020
04 Track 04. Teen Spirit April 24, 2020
05 Track 05. In the Embrace of the Beat / When Doves Cry May 1, 2020
06 Track 06. Goodbye Blue Sky May 8, 2020
07 Track 07. Day of Rage / problems May 15, 2020
08 Track 08. Real Me / The real me May 22, 2020
09 Track 09. Freedom May 29, 2020
10 Track 10. Cross Road Blues June 5, 2020
11 Track 11. I Am the Resurrection June 12, 2020
12 Track 12 & 13. Hello, Goodbye / Tomorrow Never Knows June 19, 2020