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Funimation to Stream Dimension W, Grimgar, Pandora, Divine Gate, Prince of Stride, Dagashikashi With Dub

posted on 2015-12-22 00:25 EST

North American distributor Funimation announced on Monday that it will stream the following anime:

  • Dimension W
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
  • Pandora in the Crimson Shell
  • Divine Gate
  • Assassination Classroom Season 2
  • Prince of Stride Alternative
  • Fairy Tail Zero
  • Dagashikashi
  • Luck & Logic
  • ERASED
  • Haruchika – Haruta & Chika

Funimation will offer Dimension W, Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, Pandora in the Crimson Shell, Divine Gate, Assassination Classroom Season 2, Prince of Stride Alternative, Fairy Tail Zero, and Dagashikashi with both English subtitles and an English broadcast dub. Funimation will offer Luck & Logic, ERASED, and Haruchika – Haruta & Chika with English subtitles only.

Funimation also confirmed that it will continue its streaming of Durarara!!×2 Ketsu, Heavy Object, One Piece, GARO: Crimson Moon, and Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.

Funimation is on the production committee for the Dimension W anime series, and it describes the story:

In the year 2071, the world's energy problems seem solved by a network of cross-dimensional electric-field inductors- “coils” -that extract energy from a seemingly infinite source. That source is the W dimension, a fourth plane that exists beyond the X, Y, and Z dimensions. In this world, unofficial “illegal” coils harness powers that the police can't hope to counter. Dealing with these coils is the job of coil-hating repo man Kyoma, whose run-in with the unique coil android Mira leads the two to form a reluctant partnership.

The series will premiere on January 10. Funimation will offer the series in both Japanese audio with English subtitles, and with an English broadcast dub.

The series is based on Yuji Iwahara's manga of the same name. Kanta Kamei (Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike; Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend, Bunny Drop, Oreshura) is directing the series at Studio 3Hz and Orange. Tokuyuki Matsutake (Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, Tales of Phantasia) is designing the characters, and Shotaro Suga (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Darker than Black) is serving as story editor. Stereo Dive Foundation (Gangsta., Beyond the Boundary) will perform the opening theme song "Genesis" and Fo'xTails (Junjō Romantica 3, Kuroko's Basketball) will perform the ending theme song "Contrast."

Yen Press will start publishing the manga in North America next year.

Funimation describes the Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash anime series:

From A-1 Pictures, the studio behind Fairy Tail and Sword Art Online: When Haruhiro awakens, he's in the dark surrounded by people who have no memory of where they came from or how they got there. As the darkness fades, a fantastic new world called “Grimgar” appears before them and their adventure begins—but first, they'll have to choose their guild, class, and special abilities.

The series will premiere on January 10. Funimation will offer the series in both Japanese audio with English subtitles, and with an English broadcast dub.

The series is based on Ao Jūmonji's Hai to Gensō no Grimgar (or Grimgar le Monde des cendres et de fantaisie) light novel series. Ryosuke Nakamura (Aiura director and scriptwriter, Mōryō no Hako director) is directing and writing the scripts at A-1 Pictures. Tomotaka Shibayama is serving as assistant director with Kazuyuki Asaga and Ken Baba as key animators, and Mieko Hosoi (Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū, Psychic School Wars) is designing the characters. Hidetoshi Kaneko is directing the art, and Takahiro Mogi is the color key artist. Shinichi Igarashi is the director of photography, and Aya Hida is editing.

Funimation describes Pandora in the Crimson Shell:

From Shirow Masamune, the creator of Ghost in the Shell and Appleseed, comes the story of two cybernetically enhanced girls fighting to save their home. A super-powered terrorist has threatened the island of Cenancle. To fight him off, Nene Nanakorobi, a cybernetic girl-next-door, will have to team up with famous inventor Delilah Uzal and her adorably grumpy cyborg assistant, Clarion.

The series will premiere on January 8. Funimation will offer the series in both Japanese audio with English subtitles, and with an English broadcast dub.

The series is based on Masamune Shirow (Ghost in the Shell) and Koushi Rikudou's (Excel Saga) Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn manga. Munenori Nawa (D.C.S.S. ~Da Capo Second Season~, Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu, Kiss×sis) is directing the anime at Studio Gokumi and AXsiZ, and Tatsuya Takahashi (THE [email protected] MOVIE: Kagayaki no Mukōgawa e!, The Fruit of Grisaia) is writing the script. Takuya Tani (Strike Witches, Persona 3 The Movie #1 Spring of Birth animation director) is designing the characters, and TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND is composing the music. ZAQ will provide the opening theme song "hopeness." Sanae Fuku and Manami Numakura are singing the ending theme song "LoSe±CoNtRoL" as their characters.

Seven Seas Entertainment is publishing the manga in English, and it will publish the third English volume on January 12.

Funimation describes the Divine Gate anime series:

After the Divine Gate opened, our world and the worlds beyond became connected, bringing an era of chaos. To restore order, the World Council was formed and the Divine Gate fell into legend. Now, a select few have gathered to attempt to reach the Gate and remake the world. But what will they find when they open the door?

The series will premiere on January 8. Funimation will offer the series in both Japanese audio with English subtitles, and with an English broadcast dub.

The series is based on GungHo Online Entertainment and Acquire's smartphone "panel RPG." Noriyuki Abe (The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Bleach, GTO) is directing the anime at Studio Pierrot, and Natsuko Takahashi (My Love Story!!, Moyashimon, Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan) is in charge of series composition. Ichiro Uno (The World is Still Beautiful) is designing the characters, and Takumi Ozawa (Aria the Scarlet Ammo, Okamikakushi - Masque of the Wolf) is composing the music. The group vistlip (Samurai Jam -Bakumatsu Rock-, Yona of the Dawn, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's) is contributing the ending theme song "Contrust."

Funimation describes the second season of the Assassination Classroom anime series:

Class 3E is about to begin their second semester! And while some things have changed, the class assignment is still the same: kill their teacher before the end of the year! Easier said than done since Koro Sensei's made it clear he won't go down without a fight. Will these students be able to take down the tentacled monster that moves at Mach 20 before he can destroy the world?

The series will premiere on January 7. Funimation will offer the series in both Japanese audio with English subtitles, and with an English broadcast dub.

The series is based on Yusei Matsui's manga of the same name. The main staff from the first anime is returning for the sequel. Seiji Kishi (Persona 4 The Animation, Danganronpa The Animation, Devil Survivor 2 The Animation) is directing anime at the studio Lerche. Kazuaki Morita (Persona 4 The Animation, Danganronpa The Animation, Arpeggio of Blue Steel) is designing the characters, and Makoto Uezu (Danganronpa The Animation, Arpeggio of Blue Steel, Is This a Zombie?, School Days) is writing the scripts.

The first 22-episode season of the Assassination Classroom anime based on Yusei Matsui's manga of the same name premiered in Japan on earlier this year on January 9. Funimation streamed the series as it aired.

Funimation describes the Prince of Stride Alternative anime series:

From MADHOUSE, the studio behind Death Note and One-Punch Man, comes a fast-paced sports anime about Stride—competitive city-wide relay races. Nana and her classmate, Takeru, are desperate to resurrect their school's Stride Club, but will they be able to get the prickly Riku, who insists he hates Stride, to join the team?

The series will premiere on January 5. Funimation will offer the series in both Japanese audio with English subtitles, and with an English broadcast dub.

The anime series is based on Kadokawa's Prince of Stride otome game. Shūji Sogabe [FiFS] is credited with the original design works for the series. Kanako Nono [FiFS] is credited with the original character design, and Tomoyuki Uchikoga is credited with the original graphic design. Atsuko Ishizuka (Hanayamata, No Game, No Life, The Pet Girl of Sakurasou) is directing the series at Madhouse. Taku Kishimoto (Silver Spoon, Haikyu!!, Bunny Drop) is handling the series composition, and Kokunen Ou (Hanayamata) is adapting Nono's character designs for animation. The unit "Galaxy Standard" made up of voice actors from the anime's Saisei High School Stride Club will perform the ending theme song "Be My Steady." The voice actors include: Mamoru Miyano, Daisuke Hirakawa, Takuya Eguchi, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Yuuki Ono, and Toshiyuki Toyonaga.

Funimation describes the Fairy Tail Zero prequel anime series:

This prequel series depicts the founding of the Fairy Tail guild. Many years ago, Mavis Vermilion was a servant on Sirius Island, mistreated by a guild master and his daughter, Zera. But Mavis stayed positive, because her mother once told her that fairies never visit people who cry about their problems. When the guild came under attack, Mavis pulled Zera from the wreckage into the forest. Seven years went by, and the powerful wizards Warrod Sequen, Precht, and Yuri Dreyer arrived on the island, seeking a powerful jade gemstone. This journey would change the course of magical history.Note: You read that right, Fairy Tail is getting a Broadcast Dub! Beginning with Fairy Tail Zero this season, fans of the series will be able to enjoy English dubbed episodes just a few weeks after the simulcast airs on the FUNimation Streaming Service.

The series will premiere in January. Funimation will offer the series in both Japanese audio with English subtitles, and with an English broadcast dub.

The series is based on Hiro Mashima's prequel manga to his own Fairy Tail manga. Kodansha Comics announced in November that it has licensed the manga and will release it in summer 2016. Kodansha Comics publishes the main Fairy Tail manga in North America, and Crunchyroll is releasing new chapters online as they come out in Japan.

Funimation describes the Dagashikashi anime series:

Kokonotsu “Coconuts” Shikada dreams of becoming a famous manga artist. The only problem—he's terrible. His real talent is selling the complex and delicious snacks in his father's “dagashi” shop. He never thought much about the family business until the trendy, eccentric Hotaru showed up. As a lover of “dagashi,” she can't let his talent go to waste and decides she won't stop 'til she's sold him on sweets.

The series will premiere on January 7. Funimation will offer the series in both Japanese audio with English subtitles, and with an English broadcast dub.

The series is based on Kotoyama's manga of the same name. Shigehito Takayanagi (Kanamemo, The World God Only Knows, Tokyo ESP) is directing the series at the anime studio feel., and is also supervising the series scripts alongside Yasuko Kamo (Galaxy Angel A, Kanamemo, Tokyo ESP). The scriptwriters are Kamo, Tatsuhiko Urahata, and Michiko Yokote. Kanetoshi Kamimoto (Burst Angel, Taisho Baseball Girls, Mushi-Uta) is designing the characters. Satoshi Motoyama is directing the sound, and Pony Canyon is producing the music. The 19-year-old singer Michi is performing the opening theme song "Checkmate!?"

Funimation describes the Luck & Logic anime series:

After losing a war in their home world Tetraheaven, the Gods appeared in the human world seeking refuge. To protect the citizens from the otherworldly beings, the government began employing Logicalists—a special police force with the power to enter trances with Goddesses. In these trance forms humans and Goddesses can combine their power and fight against those looking to disturb the peace.

The series will premiere on January 7. Funimation will offer the series in Japanese audio with English subtitles.

The series is based on Bushiroad's upcoming January collectible card game. Koichi Chigira (Gate Keepers, Full Metal Panic!, Ryo) and Takashi Naoya (A Certain Scientific Railgun S, Selector Infected Wixoss episode animation director) will direct the anime at Doga Kobo. Yuuya Takahashi (2015 Lupin III, Laughing Under the Clouds) is in charge of series composition and is also credited with the original concept. Mari Shimazaki (Bayonetta game) drew the original character and concept designs, while Rei Aoi (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Psychic School Wars key animation) and Katsuhiro Kumagai (Samurai Flamenco, Witch Craft Works, Selector Spread Wixoss animation director) are desigining the characters for animation. Kenji Andou (Karas, King of Thorn, Rage of Bahamut) is responsible for creature design, while Hiroshi Tani (Majestic Prince, Plastic Memories) and Makoto Kobayashi (Space Battleship Yamato 2199, Last Exile, Simoun) are handling mechanical design. Norimitsu Kaihō from Nitroplus is credited with "setting cooperation." Tatsuya Katou (Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club, Comet Lucifer, Celestial Method) will compose the music.

Kensho Ono is performing the anime's opening theme "STORY," while Emi Nitta will perform the ending theme "Meiyaku no Kanata."

Funimation describes the ERASED (Boku dake ga Inai Machi) television anime series:

Satoru Fujinuma is a reclusive part-timer with no plans for the future. What sets him apart from the other slackers in his town is an involuntary time travel ability that allows him to jump back several seconds in time in order to prevent accidents and even deaths. As incidents around town begin reminding Satoru of a childhood trauma he'd sooner forget, he finally begins to question what caused his ability to surface and whether or not it's powerful enough to change the past.

The series will premiere on January 7. Funimation will offer the series in Japanese audio with English subtitles.

The anime is based on Kei Sanbe's Boku dake ga Inai Machi manga series. Tomohiko Ito (Sword Art Online, Silver Spoon) is directing the series and Taku Kishimoto (Silver Spoon, Haikyu!!) is handling series composition at A-1 Pictures. Keigo Sasaki (The Seven Deadly Sins, Blue Exorcist) is designing the characters for the anime and Yuki Kajiura (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Sword Art Online) is composing the music.

Funimation describes the Haruchika – Haruta & Chika anime series:

Things look bleak for the school's Wind Instrument Club until childhood friends Haruta and Chika step in to save the day. When they aren't practicing to perfect their own playing, they're working hard to save the club by recruiting new members. After a series of mysteries shock the school, they'll have to add junior detectives to their already impressive resumes.

The series will premiere on January 6. Funimation will offer the series in Japanese audio with English subtitles.

The series is based on Sei Hatsuno's HaruChika: Haruta to Chika wa Seishun Suru "concert band youth mystery" novel series. Masakazu Hashimoto (Tari Tari, Soul Eater Not! Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva) is directing the anime at P.A. Works. Reiko Yoshida (Bakuman., K-ON!, Yowamushi Pedal, Tamako Market) is handling the series composition, Namaniku ATK (Chaika - The Coffin Princess) is in charge of the original character design, and Asako Nishida (Love Live! School idol project, Vampire Knight, Angel Links) is adapting those designs for animation. Yurie Oohigashi is serving as chief animation director, and Noboru Sugimitsu is directing the instrument-playing animation. Ayumi Satō is the art director with Katsue Inoue as color key artist. Yōhei Hirata is directing the CG, and Satoshi Namiki is director of photography. Ayumu Takahashi is editing. Satoki Iida is directing the sound at Glovision, and Katsuhiro Nakano is handling sound effects. Shiroh Hamaguchi (Ah! My Goddess, One Piece, Sakura Wars) is composing the music with producer Terunari Yoshie at Lantis.

The band fhána will perform the opening theme song "Niji wo Ametara" (If You Knit a Rainbow), while singer ChouCho will perform the ending theme "Kūsō Traingle" (Imaginary Triangle).


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