Crunchyroll to Stream Sega's Game-Based HeroBank Anime
posted on by Egan Loo
Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Sunday that it will stream Sega's game-based Hero Bank anime series. Streaming will begin on Monday, April 7 at 6:30 a.m. ET. The streams will be available to premium members worldwide, except in Asia. They will also be available to free members in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.
The anime centers around Kaito, an elementary school boy who is suddenly burdened with 10 billion yen (about US$100 million) in debt one day. The only way he can pay off the debt is to master "Hero-Gi" (downloaded off the net) and win matches in "Hero Battle," a new-generation cyber sport. The tagline of the game "Change your money with justice!"
The anime will star:
Yuko Sanpei as Kaito Kōshō, the hero of the story. He's super energetic and over-confident, but he has earned a great trust from his allies.
Hiroshi Kamiya as Nagare Amano, an 11-year old who is the childhood friend of Kaito. He looks up to Kaito's energy. However, at times, a strange man called "Money Ghost" appears in front of him.
Miyuki Sawashiro as Mitsuo Zaizen, one of Kaito's companions. The brainy one. He acts as Kaito's adviser.
Kazuya Nakai as Fukuta Kanemaru, one of Kaito's companions. The brawny one.
Banjou Ginga as Sennen (right) and Houko Kuwashima as Ai Kōshō (left). Kaito owes 10 billion yen to Sennen, who is strangely familiar with the system of Hero Bank, while Ai is Kaito's sister who is kind, but frightens him the most.
Yasutaka Yamamoto is directing the series at TMS Animation, while Atsuhiro Tomioka is in charge of the series scripts. Professional karate fighter Nobuaki Kakuda is performing the anime's opening theme, "Kasege! Jarinko Hero" (Make Money, Dunce Hero!), while meg is performing the ending theme, "Sayonara Mata Itsuka" (Goodbye, We'll Meet Again Someday).
Sega released the original Nintendo 3DS game in Japan last month.