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AnimeLab adds Five New Series including Gonna Be the Twin-Tail!! and Dragonar Academy

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Gonna be the Twin-Tail!!, Date A Live, Ping Pong, Shōnen Hollywood - Holly Stage for 49 and Dragonar Academy are all online and available for viewing for Australia and New Zealand viewers;

The five additional titles were announced via AnimeLab's Facebook page. All five series are available in full and for free on AnimeLab.com with Japanese audio with English subtitles. The series are as follows;

While Date A Live was previously licensed by Madman Entertainment and Shōnen Hollywood - Holly Stage for 50 has been simulcast on AnimeLab this season, the remaining three titles, Dragonar Academy, Gonna Be the Twin-Tail!! and Ping Pong are new acquisitions for Madman. No home video release plans have been announced at this time.

©2014 Koushi Tachibana,Tsunako/
Date A Live Ⅱ Partners

Date a Live S1

Spatial Quakes are a strange phenomenon responsible for devastating Eurasia and taking millions of lives, since the first spacequake 30 years ago smaller quakes continue to plague the world on a irregular basis. When ordinary high schooler Shidō Itsuka meets a mysterious girl at the ground zero of a spacequake he discovers that not only is his sister Kotori is one of the spirits that cause the phenomenon but he must date this mysterious girl in order to prevent an even worse disaster.

Date a Live was originally a light-novel series written by Kōshi Tachibana and illustrated by Tsunako, 11 volumes have been published to date.

Keitaro Motonaga (Getbackers, Jormungand) directed the anime at AIC PLUS+ with visual director Hisashi Saito (Haganai, Heaven's Lost Property). Hideki Shirane (Hayate the Combat Butler, Queen's Blade: Rebellion) was in charge of the series scripts and Takaaki Suzuki (Strike Witches, Last Exile) advised on the world setting. Satoshi Ishino (Excel Saga, Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu) designed the characters based on Tsunako's original novel illustrations. Mika Akitaka (Martian Successor Nadesico, Galaxy Fraulein Yuna) designed the mecha and Go Sakabe (Gosick theme songs) scored the soundtrack with sound director Yasunori Ebina (A Certain Magical Index, Naruto) at Nippon Columbia.

Date A Live will also recieve a all new theatrical release with an original story supervised by Tachibana, the film is planned for Japanese Summer 2015.

Funimation licensed both series in North America for streaming and has since released the first season to home video.

The series was originally licensed by Madman Entertainment in September 2013 and the first season has since been released to DVD and Blu-ray. A second season Date A Live II has since aired in April 2014 and is also available on AnimeLab but the season has yet to be released to home video.

©2014 Shiki Mizuchi,
MEDIAFACTORY / Dragonar Project

Dragonar Academy

Ash Blake studies just as hard as any other student at Ansalivan Dragon Academy but despite having the sacred star brand that marks him as a future master of dragons he has just one problem, out of his entire school he's the only student without a dragon partner! When his sacred dragon finally arrives he discovers his partner is actually a beautiful girl who wastes no time making sure Ash knows he'll be a slave to their relationship!

Originally a light novel written by Shiki Mizuchi and illustrated by Kohada Shimesaba, Media Factory publishes the series under it's MF Bunko J imprint and has published 16 volumes to date. This anime adaptation was directed by Shunsuke Tada and Tomoyuki Kurokawa at C-Station

The series was originally broadcast from April 2014 on the AT-X channel. Funimation streamed the series and only recently announced home video rights for North America. Seven Seas has been publishing Ran's manga adaptation of the light novels in English.

© Yume Mizusawa,Shogakukan/TTPC

Gonna Be the Twin-Tail!!

Sōji Mitsuka is an ordinary high school boy who happens to have an obsession for twin-tail hair. When a mysterious girl from another universe by the name of Thouars appears before Sōji so do monsters who are determined to capture all the twin-tailed girls in the world and feed off the world's spiritual energy. Of course, Sōji can't stand for this and Thouars gives him the ability to turn into a Twin-Tail Red, a powerful warrior with the ability to protect the earth.

Hiroyuki Kanbe (Oreimo) directed the series and Naruhisa Arakawa (Outbreak Company, MAOYU, Spice & Wolf) was in charge of series composition. Kazuaki Morita (Arpeggio of Blue Steel, Danganronpa) adapted Ayumu Kasuga's original character designs. The series was animated at Production IMS (Sora no Otoshimono Final: Eternal My Master, Date A Live II). Maaya Uchida performed the anime's opening theme song, titled "Gimme! Revolution," while Sumire Uesaka, Yuka Aisaka and Chinatsu Akasaki performed the anime's ending theme, "Twintail Dreamer!"

Gonna Be the Twin-Tail!! is based on Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu, the original light novel series written by Yume Mizusawa and illustrated by Ayumu Kasuga. The series has 8 volumes published by Shogakukan's Gagaga Bunko imprint since June 2012.

Funimation streamed the series in North America as it aired in Japan from October 2014. The series ran for 12 episodes.

©Taiyou Matsumoto, Shogakukan /
PingPong The Animation

Ping Pong

Taiyo Matsumoto's original manga revolves around two longtime friends Smile and Peco who are both members of the Ping Pong club at their high school and are both very talented at the sport. However, Smile's quiet personality keeps him from being able to win against Peco. The club's teacher takes notice of Smile's talent and works to change his attitude toward the sport.

Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, The Tatami Galaxy, Kick-Heart) directed the television anime at Tatsunoko Productions. Nobutake Ito designed the characters while kensuke ushio composed the soundtrack. Kunio Tsujita served as the color key artist and Kevin Aymeric was the art director. The staff also included Shunsuke Nakamura as director of photography, Kashiko Kimura as editor and Eriko Kimura as sound director. The band merengue performed the series' ending theme.

The original manga was created by Taiyo Matsumoto for Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits from 1996 to 1997 and was collected into five volumes. The manga was also adapted into a 2002 live-action film directed by Fumihiko Sori.

Ping Pong was created for Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block and originally aired in Japan in October 2004. Funimation streamed the series as it aired and Crunchyroll simulcast the series outside North America in many regions.

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Shōnen Hollywood - Holly Stage for 49

Shōnen Hollywood - Holly Stage for 49- tells the story of the idol group "Shōnen Hollywood" as they develop their talents at the fictional Hollywood Tokyo theatre in Harajuku. The series is inspired by Ikuyo Hashiguchi's mixed-media project Shōnen Hollywood. The project consists of a novel written by Hashiguchi that was published by Shogakukan Bunko in 2012, this series that was produced by anime studio ZEXCS (Diabolik Lovers, Cuticle Detective Inaba) and the music label Starchild Records.

Ikuyo Hashiguchi herself was in charge of the series scripts and Toshimasa Kuroyanagi (Say "I love you.") directed the anime. Kei Tsuchiya (Aruvu Rezuru - Kikai Jikake no Yōsei-tachi) designed the characters and served as chief animation director. Yuka Hirama was the art director and Tetsuji Hayashi scored the soundtrack.

handled streaming and home video in North America while Crunchyroll originally streamed the series outside of the country.

Shōnen Hollywood - Holly Stage for 49 was followed by a second season, Shōnen Hollywood - Holly Stage for 50, which is currently simulcasting on AnimeLab.

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