Crunchyroll Streams Dubbed Future Card Buddyfight, World Fool News
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Media streaming service Crunchyroll announced at its Sakura-Con panel on Saturday that it is streaming English-dubbed episodes of the Future Card Buddyfight television anime series and English-subtitled World Fool News anime shorts. Crunchyroll will start streaming both series this week.
Future Card Buddyfight takes place around the year 2030, in Japan's new capital city of Chō Tokyo. Humans intermingle with beings from the parallel worlds of "Affinity Dimensions." The "Buddyfight" game chooses humans ("Buddyfighters") and partners them with Buddy Monsters from Shinkinkai, and the duo fight against other Buddyfighters. The battles in these games can sometimes even influence the fate of nations.
Gaō Mikado is a sixth-year student at the "Aibo Academy" elementary division who longs to be a Buddyfighter and to be partnered with a Monster. One day Gaō notices a young boy being bullied by delinquents, and he helps him out using his Aiki-jujutsu skills. Drum Bunker Dragon, a Monster and the son of the hero of Dragon World, watches Gaō's actions, and decides to form a pact with him as his buddy.
The World Fool News comedy anime series premiered on Gunma Prefecture's Gunma TV channel earlier this month. Various sightseeing locations within the prefecture appear in the anime shorts, and Gunma TV air the series to promote the prefecture.
The original anime shorts follow the lives of people who work at a certain area's television station. The story centers on the World Fool News evening news program and its new anchor Ichitarō Takahashi. The show's staff has a reputation for being eccentric, and the program only airs strange stories. Takahashi has to come to terms with his job transfer as he gets used to working for World Fool News.
Animator Yū Mashimo, a resident of Gunma Prefecture, is returning to direct the television series version of the shorts. To control labor costs, students from technical schools in Gunma cooperate on production.
The original World Fool News series is already streaming on Anime Bancho's YouTube channel.