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Aniplex USA to Stream Magi & Valvrave 2nd Seasons, Kill la Kill on 4 Sites

posted on 2013-09-18 16:00 EDT
Daisuki, Crunchyroll, Hulu, Aniplex Channel to simulcast 3 series starting in October

Aniplex of America announced on Wednesday that it will stream Magi - The Kingdom of Magic, Kill la Kill, and the second season of Valvrave the Liberator on Daisuki, Crunchyroll, Hulu, and Aniplex Channel starting in October. Kill la Kill will premiere on the sites on October 3, Magi - The Kingdom of Magic will premiere on October 6, and Valvrave the Liberator will premiere on October 10. All three series will premiere on the four websites within hours of their original air time in Japan. Aniplex of America additionally announced that it plans to release all three series on home video, with details about the home video release to come at a later date.

Hiroyuki Imaishi and Trigger's battle action anime Kill la Kill will premiere on Japan's MBS television station on October 3. The story is set in a high school where the student council president Satsuki Kiryūin (voiced by Ryoka Yuzuki) rules by force. Wielding a giant Basami scissors sword, the wandering transfer student Ryūko Matoi (Ami Koshimizu) brings about upheaval on the campus. Ryūko searches for the mysterious figure who caused her father's death. Standing in her way are the "four divine kings" on campus: Public Morals Club committee chair Ira Gamagōri (Tetsu Inada), Exercise Club control committee chair Uzu Sanageyama (Nobuyuki Hiyama), Intelligence Strategy Club committee chair Hōka Inumuta (Hiroyuki Yoshino), and Culture Club control committee chair Nonon Jakuzure (Mayumi Shintani). Additional cast members include Shinichiro Miki as the mysterious young man Aikurō Mikisugi, Aya Suzaki as second-year student Mako Mankanshoku, Ryūko's best (and only) friend, Toshihiko Seki as the talking sailor uniform Senketsu, Ayumi Fujimura as Mako's little brother, Yukari Fukui as Mako's mom, and Kenyuu Horiuchi as Mako's dad.

The anime reunites several production staff members from Gurren Lagann: director Hiroyuki Imaishi, series script supervisor/writer Kazuki Nakashima, character designer Sushio (key animator/animation director on Gurren Lagann), and the animation Studio Trigger (co-founded by several former Gurren Lagann staffers).

Akira Amemiya is serving as assistant director, and Shigeto Koyama is directing the art with set designer Yoh Yoshinari. Hiromi Wakabayashi is credited as "creative officer," and Hiroyuki Sawano is scoring the soundtrack. Miku Sawai contributed the ending theme song "Gomen ne, Ii Ko Ja Irarenai." Aniplex of America previously revealed in August that it has licensed the series for release on home video.

Magi - The Kingdom of Magic, the second season based on Shinobu Ohtaka's Magi - The Labyrinth of Magic fantasy adventure manga, will premiere on October 6 in Japan. SID will perform the opening theme song and Aqua Timez will perform the ending theme song for the new season.

Ohtaka's original manga re-imagines tales from the classic story One Thousand and One Nights (also known as Arabian Nights). Director Koji Masunari (Read or Die, Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW) helmed the 25-episode first season at A-1 Pictures, and is returning to direct the second season. Toshifumi Akai (Kokoro Connect, Sound of the Sky) serves 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 first season premiered in Japan last October, and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired. Aniplex of America plans to release the first season on home video, and the first season will premiere with an English dub on Viz Media's Neon Alley service next month.

The second season of Valvrave the Liberator will premiere in Japan on October 10. The first season aired from April-June this year.

The story of Valvrave the Liberator is set the year Shinreki ("True Calendar") 71, when 70% of the human race lives in space due to the development of a space city called "Dyson Sphere." Between two major powers — the Dorssia Military Pact Federation and the Atlantic Ring United States (ARUS) — there is a small neutral nation called JIOR that has prospered economically. The protagonist Haruto Tokishima (voiced by Ryota Ohsaka), a high school student who lives in JIOR, encounters the mysterious "forbidden" humanoid weapon Valvrave when the Dorssian army invades. For the second season, singers Nana Mizuki and T.M. Revolution will again perform the opening theme song, and singer ELISA will perform the new ending theme.

Crunchyroll streamed the first season as it aired, and Aniplex of America licensed the first season for home video release.


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