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Crunchyroll to Stream Brynhildr in the Darkness Anime

posted on by Egan Loo
Broken Blade TV Edition also streaming outside the U.S.

Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Saturday that it will stream the anime series Brynhildr in the Darkness. It will also stream Broken Blade TV Edition but outside the United States. For premium members, Brynhildr in the Darkness will begin streaming on Sunday, April 6 at 10:00 a.m. ET, while Broken Blade TV Edition will begin on Sunday, April 6 at 11:00 a.m. ET. Free users can watch each episode one week after its premiere.

Streams of Brynhildr in the Darkness will be available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Turkey, Latin America (Central and South America including Caribbean), Spain, Portugal. Streams of Broken Blade TV Edition will be available in France and DOM/TOM, Belgium, Switzerland, Andorra, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Canada, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Poland, Denmark, Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania, Bahrain, Cyprus, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Egypt, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Libya, Mauritania, State of Palestine, Somalia, and Sudan.

Lynn Okamoto's Gokukoku no Brynhildr (Brynhildr in the Darkness) science-fiction fantasy manga revolves around high school boy Ryōta Murakami, who cannot forget his female childhood friend whom he let die in an accident. Feeling that he must fulfill their promise of proving the existence of aliens, he has continuously looked up at the sky as a member of the astronomy club. One day, a girl named Neko Kuroha who looks like his childhood friend appears as a transfer student. She calls herself a magic-user who has run away from a research lab.

Studio ARMS (MAOYU, Queen's Blade) is animating this story by the creator of Elfen Lied and Nononono. Kenichi Imaizumi (Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, Student Council's Discretion Level 2) is directing the anime off scripts by Yukinori Kitajima (428 ~Fūsa Sareta Shibuya de~, Senran Kagura, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Hamatora). Hiroaki Karasu (episode animation director on Gatchaman Crowds, Kimikiss pure rouge) is serving as character designer and chief animation director. Nao Tokisawa is scoring the soundtrack.

The Broken Blade TV Edition project is a recompiled version of all six earlier anime films with additional new scenes. The films themselves adapted Yunosuke Yoshinaga's fantasy robot manga Broken Blade (Break Blade).

The updated 12-episode television version of the 2010-2011 films will add previously unanimated scenes, such as the battle to the death between the gifted warrior Girge and the specially selected Spartan robot unit. There is also a separate spinoff original video anime project in the works. This will be a brand-new work that will follow the mystery of Delphine's creation, based on an original concept by Yoshinaga.

The 12-episode television version will also add a new opening theme song by Sayaka Sasaki, and a new ending theme song by Aira Yuki.

Sentai Filmworks released the original six films in North America, and Sentai Filmworks describes the film series:

In Cruzon, children are born with the ability to control quartz. This power allows them to levitate simple objects—or control enormous and complex mobile battle suits called Golems. But when an ancient Golem is discovered during the height of a brutal war, a young king and his beautiful queen turn to Rygart Arrow. Though an “un-sorcerer”, Rygart can miraculously pilot this ancient and powerful weapon. But in war, school friends can turn into bitter enemies and allies have suspicious motives.

The staff includes:

  • Original creator: Yunosuke Yoshinaga 
  • Chief Director: Tetsuro Amino 
  • Director: Nobuyoshi Habara 
  • Screenplay: Masashi Sogo, Taishirou Tanimura
  • Character Design: Takushige Norita 
  • Mechanical design: Takayuki Yanase 
  • Prop Design: Takahiro Yamada, Kiyoshi Edamatsu 
  • Art Director: Toshihiro Kohama (BIHO) 
  • Color design: Mitsuko Sekimoto
  • Director of Photography: Kazuaki Funakura 
  • Sound Director: Yota Tsuruoka 
  • Music: Yoshihisa Hirano 
  • Sound Effects: Hiromune Kurahashi (Sound Box)
  • Editing: Junichi Itou (Jay Film)
  • Animation Production: Production I.G, Xebec

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