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Crunchyroll Streams The Knight in the Area Soccer TV Anime Series

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Anime series based on Hiroaki Igano, Kaya Tsukiyama's manga to premiere on January 6

Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will stream The Knight in the Area (Area no Kishi) soccer television anime series as it airs in Japan. Crunchyroll will air the series on Fridays at 5:30 p.m. EST starting Friday, January 6. It will stream the series in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

Hiroaki Igano and Kaya Tsukiyama's original manga centers around Kakeru Aizawa, the younger brother of the Kamakura School soccer team captain Suguru. While Suguru is so talented in soccer that he has been made part of Japan's national under-15 team, Kakeru is so weak at the sport that he is nicknamed "Mr. No Goal." Kakeru's life changes however, after a tragic accident.

The manga launched in Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 2006, and the 29th compiled book volume will ship this month. Igano is another name for Tadashi Agi, the story creator of Drops of God, GetBackers, Kindaichi Case Files, Bloody Monday, and several other popular manga titles.

The anime will premiere in Japan on January 7, and the rock band S.R.S is contributing the theme song "Higher Ground."

Update: Background information added.

Image © Hiroaki Igano, Kaya Tsukiyama, Kodansha/TV Asahi, Shinei Animation

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