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Crunchyroll Adds 1st Moyashimon Anime

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Also: Hell Girl: Two Mirrors, Angel Beats! TV anime series

The media distribution service Crunchyroll announced at its panel at Otakon on Friday that it will stream the following anime series: the first season of Moyashimon, Angel Beats!, and the second season of Hell Girl, Hell Girl: Two Mirrors. Crunchyroll will announce later when these series will stream and in which countries.

The Moyashimon story follows a college student who discovers that he can see and communicate with the germs all around him — germs that appear as super-deformed characters. The first television anime series aired on Fuji TV's late-night Noitamina programming block in 2007, followed by a live-action adaptation with lead actor Yūichi Nakamura in the same block in 2010. The sequel series, Moyashimon Returns, is currently airing on the Noitamina block. Crunchyroll is currently streaming that series in various countries outside of Japan as it airs.

Sentai Filmworks acquired the license to Hell Girl: Two Mirrors in 2010, and the series previously streamed on Hulu and The Anime Network. Like the first season of the anime, Hell Girl: Two Mirrors (Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori) revolves around a "Hell Girl" that anyone can summon, via a website, to condemn another human to Hell. However the price for the service is the summoner's own soul — condemned to Hell as well. The 26-episode second season ran from 2006 to 2007.

Sentai Filmworks also acquired the license to Angel Beats! last year. The series, which originally aired in 2010, revolves around protagonist Yuzuru Otonashi, who wakes to find himself in a strange high school setting. Otonashi has no memories prior to waking, but learns that the location is a strange afterlife and all of its inhabitants are deceased. He joins a group which rebels against the afterlife and its primary enforcer, Angel. A young woman named Yuri Nakamura leads the group, called "Shinda Sekai Sensen" (Afterlife War Front) in the Japanese version of the series, which consists of a variety of colorful characters. The series previously streamed on Hulu and The Anime Network.

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