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Crunchyroll Adds Brave Beats, Anime de Training EX Anime

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Also: live-action Angel Heart TV series

Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it added the Brave Beats and Anime de Training EX anime to its fall lineup. Crunchyroll also added the live-action Angel Heart television series. The website will announce details later.

The story of Brave Beats follows Hibiki Kazaguruma, a sixth grader who meets an amusing little robot named Bureikin while coming home from school one day. Bureikin, a dancer from an alternate-dimension dance world, challenged the dance king for the throne and lost. He has been deprived of Dance Stones (the stones of dance power) and sent to the human world. To restore his power, Bureikin must collect all the Dance Stones scattered around Earth.

Meanwhile, the Dance Stones cause chaos on the human world. To retrieve the Dance Stones, Bureikin fuses with Hibiki and transforms into a Dance Hero.

The production team behind the "street dance anime" Tribe Cool Crew is making the series, another dance anime that will premiere on Nagoya TV, TV Asahi, and other Japanese stations on October 11. Yūta Murano (episode director on Doraemon, Phi Brain - Kami no Puzzle) is directing the anime, and Bandai Namco Pictures' Isao Minegishi (Tribe Cool Crew) and Yasuhiko Hattori (Tribe Cool Crew) are serving as producer and chief producer, respectively. The Japan Street Dance Association is returning from Tribe Cool Crew to supervise the character dance sequences.

Anime de Training EX (Ani Tore! EX) follows five young women who are aiming to become idols as they do different exercise routines such as push-ups, situps, dance, yoga, stretching, Tai Chi, and more. The series will premiere on Tokyo MX TV, Sun TV, and Niconico on October 12.

Atsushi Nigorikawa (episode director for Naruto/Naruto Shippūden, Inazuma Eleven) is directing the anime at Rising Force, and Daisuke Ishibashi (Tenjho Tenge, Papuwa, Battle Spirits: Heroes) is writing the scripts and handling the series composition. Masahito Onoda (No-Rin) handled the original character design, and Shuuhei Yamamoto (Strike Witches 2, Infinite Stratos) is adapting those designs for animation and also serving as animation director. Satoshi Shibata (art director for Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Eyeshield 21) is handling the art setting, Akihiro Nakagawa (Hyperdimension Neptunia, Mushibugyō) is handling the color key, and FMF is producing the music.

Crunchyroll describes the live-action Angel Heart television series:

Tsukasa Hojo, author of the legendary hard-boiled comics “City Hunter” that boasts total sales of over 50 million copies, creates a parallel world and depicts the same world views in “Angel Heart,” which has now been remade into a live-action drama series for the first time ever!

Ryo Saeba, the lead character of “City Hunter,” comes off as an easily flattered guy. His true identity is that of a city hunter—a brilliant sweeper. Upon request, he sets out on the streets to “sweep” away the bad guys and teach them a lesson. This is how he earns a living. His partner Kaori Makimura takes care of him and they do everything they can to be there for each other. “Angel Heart” begins where these two find themselves in a desperate situation—Kaori suffers a freak accident, which leads to her untimely demise.

In the midst of all this, a mysterious beautiful girl named Shanin enters Ryo's life. It turns out that Shanin is a heart transplant recipient, and the heart that she received belonged to the brain dead Kaori. Shanin got another chance at life, thanks to Kaori's heart!

Continuing the world views of “City Hunter,” “Angel Heart” features a new heroine in the form of a mysterious beautiful girl named Shanin. Just what is Shanin's true identity? As Kaori lives on within Shanin, what will become of her relationship with Ryo?

This is a riveting drama that features hard-boiled moments, suspense-packed scenes, charming characters, and heart-warming episodes. Love between mankind, family love, and a deep emotional connection between people—often forgotten in modern society, are the core themes in this entertainment drama that is sure to capture the hearts of all generations!

The television series will premiere with an extended 85-minute episode on Sunday, October 11 at 10:00 p.m. on the NTV network. Yuuya Takahashi (Laughing Under the Clouds, Lupin the IIIrd: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone, Tiger & Bunny, 2015 Lupin III series, The File of Young Kindaichi N) is writing the scripts, and Shunsuke Kariyama (Nakuna, Hara-chan) is directing. Hisashi Tsugiya and Hibiki Itō are serving as producer and chief producer, respectively. Hojo himself notes that this is the first live-action show based on his works in Japan, and since he cannot possibly imagine what it will be like, he is looking forward to the results.

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