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Crunchyroll to Stream Magi Fantasy Adventure Anime (Update 2)

posted on 2012-10-03 13:04 EDT
A-1 Pictures' adaptation of Shinobu Ohtaka's manga to premiere on October 10

The media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it will stream the Magi - The Labyrinth of Magic television anime series. Crunchyroll will stream the series on Wednesdays starting on October 10 at 1:00 p.m. EDT for both premium and free members. The series will be available for members in the United States, Canada, and South Africa. The series will stream on Anime on Demand in the United Kingdom.

The original manga re-imagines tales from the classic story One Thousand and One Nights (also known as Arabian Nights). Shinobu Ohtaka, the creator of Sumomomo Momomo, has been serializing the manga since 2009, and Shogakukan published the 14th compiled book volume on September 18. The manga has 4.4 million copies in circulation.

Director Koji Masunari (Read or Die, Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW) is helming the anime adaptation at A-1 Pictures. Toshifumi Akai (Kokoro Connect, Sound of the Sky) is serving as the character designer and chief animation director, and Hiroyuki Yoshino (Accel World, Guilty Crown, My-HiME) is handling the scripts. Shiro Sagisu (Bleach, Evangelion, Berserk films) is composing the music. The visual-kei band SID is performing the opening theme song "V.I.P."

The all-star cast includes Kaori Ishihara as Aladdin, Yuuki Kaji as Ali Baba, Haruka Tomatsu as Morgiana, Daisuke Ono as Sinbad, Ryohei Kimura as Judal, and Toshiyuki Morikawa as Ūgo-kun.

This 90th anniversary project from Shogakukan will premiere in Japan on October 7.

Update: U.K. stream information and background information added.

Update 2: Aniplex of America has revealed that the series will also stream on Hulu on Wednesdays.


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