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Crunchyroll Adds Blade and Soul Anime for Spring 2014

posted on by Karen Ressler
Anime based on the MMORPG premieres today

Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will stream the Blade & Soul anime series as it airs in Japan. The show will premiere for members at 9:00 p.m. PDT this Thursday, April 3, and air every Thursday at 12:46 p.m. PDT. The show will be available for free one week later. The stream will be available in the United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, France, Latin America, Netherlands & Scandinavia, and Turkey!.

The story revolves around Alka, a female swordswoman who uses a blade that can cut enemies with one attack. Alka travels in order to get revenge for her teacher, Hon, who was killed. The one who killed him was Jin Valel, a woman who heartlessly steals the lives of people like a monster. However, as she is part of the same assassination clan, the "Blade Clan," she feels that she is similar to her. During her travels, Alka meets three women. The master of song and dance Karen, the alcohol and gun-loving Hazuki, and Roana, the head of a band of thieves.

Hiroshi Hamasaki (Steins;Gate, Texhnolyze) and Hiroshi Takeuchi (Bodacious Space Pirateschief animation director) will direct the anime at studio GONZO from scripts by Atsuhiro Tomioka (Inazuma Eleven, Pokémon XY). Eri Nagata (Leviathan: The Last Defense, Psycho-Pass sub-character design) is adapting Hyung-Tae Kim's game character designs for animation and serving as chief animation director. LEGO BIG MORL is performing the anime's ending theme, “RAINBOW."

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