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Crunchyroll to Stream Aiura, Mushibugyō TV Anime (Updated)

posted on 2013-03-30 20:20 EDT
Adaptation of Chama's 4-panel manga, Hiroshi Fukuda's action manga to premiere next month

The media distribution service Crunchyroll announced at Sakura-Con on Saturday that it will stream the Aiura and Mushibugyō anime series. Crunchyroll will premiere Aiura on Tuesday, April 9 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, and Mushibugyō on April 8 at 6:00 a.m. EDT.

Aiura will be available worldwide outside of Japan for premium members, and worldwide except in the following territories for free members: East Asia, Southeast Asia, Indian Subcontinent, Iran and Afghanistan, and Southern Pacific. Mushibugyō will be available worldwide except for in the following countries: Japan, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Phillippines, and Singapore.

The anime adaptation of Chama's Aiura four-panel manga centers around energetic but annoying Amaya (Nakajima), zero-motivation Iwasawa (Iida), and docile Uehara (Tamura) — three fairly normal high school girls and their classmates. Their daily life is "what happens when there is nothing happening."

The series stars voice acting newcomers Yui Nakajima, Yuko Iida, and Nao Tamura. The series is being written and directed by Ryosuke Nakamura (NANA, Monster episode director) with character designs by Mieko Hosoi (Aoi Bungaku Series, Nerawareta Gakuen). Linden Films (Senyū) is producing the animation. The series will premiere on TV Tokyo and niconico on April 9.

The Mushibugyō anime is the eighth and last of the titles in the Sunday Anime Project announcements this year. Hiroshi Fukuda's original action manga is set in Edo-era Tokyo in the early 1700s. The eighth shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune creates a new magistrate unit — Mushibugyō — to protect the people in the heart of the city. Each member is a specialist with unique fighting skills.

Takayuki Hamana (Library War, Appleseed XIII, The Beast Player Erin, The Prince of Tennis) is directing the series at Seven Arcs Pictures. Yoichi Kato (Aikatsu!, Kekkaishi, Magi, Space Brothers) is handling the series composition, and Yoshimitsu Yamashita (Blade of the Immortal, Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~) is adapting Fukuda's characters for animation. Akiharu Ishii (Blood+, The Prince of Tennis) is serving as chief animation director, and Tetsuro Oda (Sōkō Kihei Votoms: Koei Futatabi, Busou Shinki) is handling the music.

The show stars KENN as Tsukishima Jinbee, Rumi Ookubo as Hibachi, Takuma Terashima as Mugai, and Takuya Eguchi as Koikawa Shungiku. The series will premiere on TV Tokyo on April 8.

Update: Crunchyroll also confirmed that it will be streaming the upcoming special Saki Episode of Side A episodes. Crunchyroll has been streaming the special episodes on its website. Episode 15 will premiere in Japan on April 2 and episode 16 will premiere in Japan on May 25.


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