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Crunchyroll Starts Streaming Utakoi Anime Today

posted on by Egan Loo
Kei Sugita's "loose" manga interpretation of historical poems inspires anime

Online media service Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it will stream the Utakoi (Chōyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi) television anime series. The streaming began on Tuesday at 1:00 a.m. EDT for premium members, while everyone else can see the streaming one week later. The streams are available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.

The manga tells a "super-loose interpretation" of the Hyakunin Isshu anthology of poems that were written between the 7th and 13th centuries in Japan. The anthology features 100 romantic poems from 100 different poets such as The Tale of Genji's Murasaki Shikibu. The poems are also used as the basis for the traditional Japanese card game karuta.

NAS is producing the series, and Kenichi Kasai (Nodame Cantabile, Bakuman., Honey and Clover) serves as series director. Tomoko Konparu (Glass no Kamen, Kimi ni Todoke, NANA) is in charge of the scripts, while Aki Tsunaki (Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3: Owari Naki Unmei, Miracle Train - Ōedo-sen e Yōkoso) is designing the characters.

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