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Disney’s horny mobile game Twisted Wonderland gets the anime treatment

The Japanese game’s beloved characters are coming to streaming

An image of one of the anime characters from Disney: Twisted-Wonderland Image: Aniplex
Nicole Clark (she/her) is a culture editor at Polygon, and a critic covering internet culture, video games, books, and TV, with work in the NY Times, Vice, and Catapult.

Disney: Twisted-Wonderland is being adapted into an anime for Disney Plus, the company announced at an Asia-Pacific showcase event on Oct. 14. The adaptation is being developed in partnership with Aniplex.

The boarding school-set adventure game released in March 2020, on mobile, and has since become a smash hit in Japan. Created by Yana Taboso and produced by Aniplex and Walt Disney Japan, the game’s success comes as no surprise to fans of Black Butler Taboso’s popular manga shares a similar gothic style and Victorian setting. The game has yet to hit the United States despite its popularity in Japan.

Disney’s Twisted-Wonderland game kicks off with a classic dark fairy tale opener, before things get a little, well, twisted. A Magic Mirror transports players to the alternate world “Twisted-Wonderland,” where they wake up in a coffin at the notorious Night Raven college. Without magic or any clue of how they got there, players must navigate the boarding school’s various houses, and socialize with a cast of sexy anime boys.

Azul, an anime character from Disney: Twisted-World Image: Aniplex

All of these characters are inspired by the Disney universe, but with a spin: They’re villains and styled as ikemen, meaning “cool” or “good” anime men. Their looks, backstories, and even their names, match up with iconic villains from past Disney films. There’s silver-haired, blue-eyed Azul Ashengrotto (inspired by The Little Mermaid’s Ursula) who can grant wishes at a price, and the domineering red-haired, crown-wearing Riddle Rosehearts (a nod to the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland). Each of them has various personal quests — and players unlock more story through playing a series of rhythm-based battles.

There aren’t any additional details on the anime adaptation, yet. It’s been announced for Disney Plus by the Disney Plus Japan Twitter account, but Polygon is reaching out to Disney for clarification about worldwide release. I, for one, am thrilled for another opportunity to be horny on main, and look forward to seeing these boys onscreen.

Update (Oct. 15): The show will release globally, according to a press release from Disney. “With over-the-top services going mainstream, emergence of world-class content from Asia Pacific and rising consumer sophistication, we believe that this is the right time for us to deepen our collaboration with the region’s best content creators to deliver unparalleled storytelling to global audiences,” said Luke Kang, the Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific President, in the release.