Funimation to Simulcast Kingdom TV Anime
posted on 2012-06-08 16:28 EDT by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The North American anime distributor Funimation Entertainment announced at its panel at AnimeNEXT on Friday that it has acquired the simulcast rights to the Kingdom television anime series. Funimation will begin streaming the series on its website on June 11, and new episodes will begin streaming on Mondays at 11:00 a.m. EDT.
The 38-episode series premiered in Japan on June 4 with a 50-minute first episode.
Based on Yasuhisa Hara's historical manga, the series follows Li Xin and Hyō, two boys without families in the Warring States Period when China has been embroiled in war for five centuries. Despite living like slaves, the boys strive to realize their dream of becoming warlords.
Jun Kamiya (D.I.C.E., Blue Seed, The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye) is directing the series at Studio Pierrot, and Naruhisa Arakawa (Blue Seed, Steel Angel Kurumi, Elemental Gelade) is in charge of series scripts.
The manga has been running in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine since 2006, and the 26th volume shipped in Japan last month.
Update: Press release link added.
Image © Yasuhisa Hara・Shueisha/NHK ・Sougou Vision・Pierrot
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