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Funimation Streams Phantom ~ Requiem for the Phantom Anime (Update 2)

posted on 2009-04-23 11:27 EDT
4 episodes, based on suspense story from Nitroplus & Noir director, posted today

The North American anime distributor Funimation has announced that it will begin streaming the Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ anime series as it airs in Japan every week for free and with English subtitles. In this project, Media Factory and Bee Train adapt the Phantom of Inferno suspense visual novel software from the multimedia studio Nitroplus and writer Gen Urobuchi (Blassreiter). The story centers around "Phantom," the Inferno organization's most elite assassin — who happens to be a girl named Ein. Phantom's true identity is compromised by an unwitting male witness, so Inferno brainwashes the witness into becoming another assassin named "Zwei."

The anime just premiered in Japan on April 2, and Funimation will be streaming all of the first four episodes, including the episode that will air in Japan on Friday at 2:15 a.m. (Thursday at 1:15 p.m. EDT). The anime staff at the Bee Train studio includes director Koichi Mashimo (.hack franchise, Blade of the Immortal, Noir) and series script supervisor Yousuke Kuroda (Gungrave, Mobile Suit Gundam 00). The anime is slated for 26 episodes. Hirameki International Group had released the original visual novel software in the United States. The story was adapted in 2004 as a three-volume video anime series, Phantom - The Animation, which Media Blasters released in North America.

Image © 2009 Nitroplus/Project Phantom

Update: Funimation began streaming the fourth episode on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. EDT, before the episode aired in Japan at 1:15 p.m. EDT.

Update: Funimation has acknowledged that it will adjust the streaming time of next week's episode to accommodate the Japanese airing time.


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