News Crunchyroll to Stream Hiiro no Kakera TV Anime
posted on 2012-03-02 14:48 EST
The media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream the Hiiro no Kakera television anime series as it airs in Japan. Crunchyroll will simulcast the first episode in the series on March 5 at 2:00 p.m. EST in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Netherlands, Brazil, and Portugal.
The television anime based on the romance game of the same name will begin its run in April 2012, but advance showings of its first episode will begin in March on Japanese TV and the Nico Nico Douga service.
Bob Shirohata (Hetalia - Axis Powers, Gravitation) is directing the series, which is being animated by Studio DEEN. Yoshiko Nakamura (Hakuōki, Junjō Romantica) is scripting the series, and Naoyuki Onda (Gantz, Berserk Ōgon Jidai-Hen I: Haō no Tamago) is adapting Yone Kazuki's (Hakuōki) original character designs and is serving as the chief animation director. The cast for the original game, aside from the protagonist, are reprising their roles for the series. The anime's official website began streaming a promotional video for the series last month.
The original game centered around Tamaki Kasuga, a 17-year-old high school girl. When her parents have to go overseas for work, Tamaki moves to her mother's hometown in the mountains with her grandmother. On the day that Tamaki arrives at the village, she encounters strange creatures, only to be saved by a mysterious boy. The boy, Takuma Onizaki, is the first of five Guardians of the Tamayohime that Tamaki meets.
Update: Background information added.
Image © IF ・ DF / Hiiro No Kakera Production Committee
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