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Fuji TV Creates New Daytime Anime Timeslot for 1st Time in 10 Years for Monster Hunter Stories

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins

Fuji TV announced on Friday that it will create a new timeslot for anime for the first time in 10 years when it airs the adaptation of the Monster Hunter Stories role-playing game in 2016.

The new timeslot will be during the daytime (6am-7pm). The last time Fuji TV opened a new timeslot during the daytime hours for anime was when it started airing One Piece on Sundays on 9:30 a.m. on October 1, 2006.

Monster Hunter Stories will be the first Monster Hunter-related anime. The original Monster Hunter Stories game is also the first RPG in the franchise.

The game will feature the world of "monster riders," who differ from monster hunters in that they deepen connections with monsters. The protagonist possesses a "Kizuna Ishi" (Connection Stone), which can awaken the powers of monsters as he deepens his connection with them. The story begins in a monster rider village, whose inhabitants live a life away from monster hunters, but the boy goes on a journey and enters hunter society, where he must learn to live with hunters who see monsters differently from him. The game will explore the importance of the bonds between the riders and monsters as they combine their strength on new adventures.

Thanks to Mendinso for the news tip.

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