Since our last post about Anime on Demand (AOD for short) announcing they would be streaming ‘Mirai Nikki – Future Diary’ on their site a whole host of titles from not only AOD but Crunchyroll have been revealed. This post will bring you up to speed on what is set to be available to the UK stemming from these announcements. It’s going to be a very busy season of simulcasts as you’ll see from the listings below.
Before we go any further we have a brief update to our previous news item on ‘Miriai Nikki – Future Diary’. AOD revealed that this series will begin streaming from Sunday 9th October and will run across both the Autumn and Winter seasons.
Here are the titles available to the UK as part of this new streaming season from both Anime On Demand and Crunchroll –
–Mirai Nikki – Future Diary, Streaming from Anime On Demand, start date: Sunday 9th October “Mirai Nikki sees high school 2nd year, Amano Yukiteru, is a boy who has problem making friends. He thinks of himself as a bystander and will always write down everything he sees in a cell phone diary. Tormented by solitude, Yukiteru began to imagine things like a friend called Deus Ex Machina who is apparently the Lord of Time & Space. Seeing Yukiteru’s miserable state, Deus gives him a new ability. His diary will now record events that will happen in the near future. Yukiteru is then forced to participate in a game which the winner will become Deus’ successor.“
– Un-Go, streaming from Anime On Demand, start date TBC “Un-Go Private detectives have been out of fashion for many years, but that’s how Shinjurou Yuuki identifies himself. With his superior deductive powers, Shinjurou solves various challenging cases. Meanwhile, Inga, an attractive young lad, serves as Shinjurou’s “buddy”. But contrary to his cute appearance, he’s a sharp, arrogant rogue. Why Inga sticks with Shinjurou is not immediately appparent.
The setting of the story is a post-war Tokyo of the future, one that still bears the scars of war. Ruling the land is Media King Rinroku Kaishou, who has the communications infrastructure under his thumb, giving him great power over both politics and industry. Kaishou is renowned for his use of logic and the massive amount of information at his fingertips to solve a great number of mysteries. But unbeknownst to the public at large, most of those discoveries have been the work of Shinjurou Yuuki, “the Last Great Detective.” (The public, in fact, regards Shinjurou as a loser, and gives him the nickname, “Defeated Detective”.) Still, Shinjurou, together with Inga, can’t help but search for the truth.”
–Persona 4: The Animation, streaming from Anime On Demand, air date: TBC (but will air every Friday once started) Director Seiji Kishi (Angel Beats!, My Bride is a Mermaid) and the anime studio AIC ASTA adapted the Persona 4 PlayStation 2 role-playing game from Atlus. The story begins in the rural country town of Inaba, where mysterious murders and kidnappings sweep the countryside. A group of teenagers try to solve the mystery, which is connected to the local weather patterns and a strange video game world which the teenagers and the killer can all enter.
Persona concept designer Kazuma Kaneko, original character designer Shigenori Soejima, and musical composer Shoji Meguro are reprising their respective roles from the game for the anime. Cast members Daisuke Namikawa (Yu Narukami), Showtaro Morikubo (Yōsuke Hanamura), Yui Horie (Chie Satonaka), and Ami Koshimizu (Yukiko Amagi), Tomokazu Seki (Kanji Tatsumi), Kappei Yamaguchi (Kuma), Unshou Ishizuka (Ryōtarō Dōjima), Akemi Kanda (Nanako Dōjima), Mitsuaki Madono (Tōru Adachi), and Romi Park (Naoto Shirogane) are all returning from the game to play their respective characters.
Shihoko Hirata, the original Persona 4 game’s theme song singer, will sing the anime’s opening theme, “sky’s the limit.”
–Hunter X Hunter, streaming at Crunchyroll, new episode every Sunday at 4.30am GMT A reboot of the popular Anime series from the late 90’s tells the story of “Gon, a young boy who lives on Whale Island, dreams of becoming a Hunter like his father, who left when Gon was still young. Abundant riches, hidden treasures, fearsome monsters, and exotic creatures are scattered around the world… Gon departs on a journey to become a Pro Hunter who risks his life in search of the unknown. Along the way, he meets other applicants for the Hunter exam: Kurapika, Leorio, and Killua. Can Gon pass the rigorous challenges of the Hunter exam and become the best Hunter in the world!? His wild and epic journey is about to begin!! ” Episode 1 is available now.
–You and Me., streaming from Crunchyroll, air date: every Monday from 6pm GMT “Friends since kindergarten and seemingly like blood brothers, You and Me follows the lives of Yuta and Yuki Asaba, Shun Matsuokan and Kaname Tsukahara; as well as transfer student Chizuru Tachibana who joins the circle of friends. Together we will watch as they laugh, dance, cry and share the memories of growing up together in everyday life.”
–Chihayafaru, streaming from Crunchyroll, every Tuesday from 6.30pm GMT “Ayase Chihaya is a sixth grader whose dream is for her older sister to become the top model in Japan. But one day, a transfer student, Wataya Arata, tells her that her dream should be about herself. Arata’s dream is to become a famous competitive Karuta player. Chihaya is somewhat shocked when she sees how intense the normally reserved Arata gets about the card game. Eventually, she and her childhood friend Mashima Taichi find themselves being captivated by Karuta. Arata is thrilled by Chihaya’s talent and extraordinary hearing, as well as the fact that he has friends to play Karuta with now, but they are forced to go their separate ways after graduating from grade school.
Four years later, Chihaya enters high school and discovers that Arata, who returned to Fukui, no longer plays Karuta. However, she believes that if she continues to play, they will one day be reunited. And so, she and Taichi start a Karuta club at Mizusawa High School.”
–Waganari!! season 2, streaming from Crunchyroll, air date: every Saturday (starting October 8th) at 5pm GMT “The family restaurant WAGNARIA stands by itself in Hokkaido. One day Sota Takanashi, who loves all things small, meets tiny little Popura, who offers him a job working part time at the restaurant. Attracted to her petite stature, Sota accepts her offer. To his surprise, the restaurant is filled with eccentric characters. Get ready to dish up some wacky comedy together with Sota and his coworkers!”
–Fate/Zero, streaming from Crunchyroll, air date: every Saturday (starting from 8th October) at 5pm GMT. [This is the new prequel series to the popular ‘Fate/Stay Night’ anime.] “Ten years prior to the events of FATE/STAY NIGHT, the War of the Holy Grail is a contest in which seven magi summon seven Heroic Spirits to compete to obtain the power of the “Holy Grail,” which grants a miracle. After three inconclusive wars for the elusive Holy Grail, the Fourth War commences.
Kiritsugu finds himself deeply torn between family and duty – obtaining the Holy Grail. However, his greatest opponent appears in the form of Kirei Kotomine, a priest who cannot find any sense of fulfillment in his life and sets his sights on Kiritsugu as the possible answer to the emptiness he feels.”
Expect more announcements to be revealed in the coming days.