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AnimeLab Announces My Hero Academia and More for Spring Simulcast

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My Hero Academia, Endride and Kumamiko – Girl Meets Bear and more join the Spring Simulcast Season on AnimeLab .

On Saturday March the 2nd AnimeLab announced the following titles to be joining their spring simulcast lineup, three of the titles you can watch the first episode right now with a premium AnimeLab membership;

  • My Hero Academia [Streamed Sundays - Watch now on AnimeLab]
  • Endride [Streamed Sundays - Watch now on AnimeLab]
  • Kumamiko - Girl meets Bear [Streamed Mondays - Watch now on AnimeLab]
  • Three Leaves, Three Colors (Sansha Sanyō)
  • Concrete Revolutio: Chōjin Gensō The Last Song (Season 2)
  • Rin-Ne (Season 2)

This following on from the announcements the other day of;

  • Shōnen Maid
  • Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water (TV 2)

Details on the new series are as follows;

My Hero Academia

The earth is a very different place with 80% of the world's population manifesting powers known as quirks, now the world lives in a time of superheros with heroes utilising their powers in the service of the people. Izuku has always dreamed of being a hero but as he's one of the 20% "quirkless" in the world that looks like a tall order. However having no powers isn't going to stop Izuku from enrolling in the most prestigious hero academy U.A High School. After personally encountering his and the world's favourite hero, All Might, Izuku might just have the mentoring and the strength he needs to become a great hero.

Originally created by Kōhei Horikoshi for Weekly Shōnen Jump, the anime adaptation is being directed by Kenji Nagasaki (Gundam Build Fighters, Classroom Crisis, No. 6) at studio BONES (Blood Blockade Battlefront, Concrete Revolutio, Fullmetal Alchemist). Yousuke Kuroda (Gundam Build Fighters, Honey and Clover, Trigun) is overseeing the series' scripts. The rock band Porno Graffitti is performing the opening, and the rock band Brian the Sun is performing the ending as their major label debut.

The anime airs on the MBS/TBS channel network's "Nichigo" timeslot every Sunday at 5:00 p.m starting from April 3. Funimation will stream the series in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland as it airs in Japan starting on Sunday, April 3 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

Horikoshi launched the manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in July 2014, and Shueisha shipped the seventh volume on February 4, and a limited edition of the volume shipped with a drama CD. Horikoshi wrote the new story for the CD, and the anime's series composition writer Yousuke Kuroda turned the story into the drama CD's script.

Viz Media is releasing the manga in English digitally throughShonen Jump + as Shueisha publishes new chapters in Japan . The company also published the third volume in print and web on February 2.

The manga inspired Hirofumi Neda's Boku no Hero Academia Smash!! manga on Shueisha's digital Shonen Jump+ app. The manga launched in November. Viz Media published a preview of the manga in English in its Weekly Shonen Jump digital manga anthology. The manga is also inspiring a novel adaptation, a My Hero Academia: Battle for All Nintendo 3DS game and an arcade card game.

Endride

When Shun Asanaga, an ordinary high school boy, discovers a mysterious crystal at his father's labatory he does exactly what everyone is told not to do, touch it, and finds himself transported to an unknown world. This world, located under the surface of the Earth, is called Endra and there Shun meets the recently captured Prince Emilio who wishes to dethrone King Delzaine. Now Shun's only way home is to assist Emilio as he seeks vengence against the throne of Endra.

Keiji Gotoh (Kiddy Grade, Sengoku Collection) is directing the anime at the studio Brains Base (Natsume's Book of Friends, RIN-NE). Touko Machida (Show By Rock!!, Lucky Star, The [email protected]) is in charge of the series scripts. Luna Sea is performing the theme song "Limit." Nobuhiro Watsuki (Rurouni Kenshin, Buso Renkin) and Kazushi Hagiwara (Bastard!!) designed the characters.

You can view what ANN's anime preview team thought of the first episode here.

Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear will premiere in Japan on AT-X on April 3 at 11:30 p.m., and it will also air on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, Higashinippon Broadcasting, Niigata Broadcasting, and BS11.

Masume Yoshimoto's original manga follows Machi, a middle school student who serves as a shrine maiden (miko) at a Shinto shrine enshrining a bear (kuma) in the recesses of a certain mountain in Japan's northern Tōhoku region. Machi's guardian is a talking bear named Natsu, and one day Machi says to Natsu, "I want to go to a school in the city." The worrywart Natsu then gives Machi — who is ignorant in the ways of the world — a set of trials that she must pass in order to be able to survive in the city.

Kiyoshi Matsuda (episode director for Wagnaria!!, Natsume's Book of Friends season 3, Durarara!!) is making his directorial debut with the series at Kinema Citrus and EMT Squared. Pierre Sugiura (Yuyushiki, Barakamon) and Masao Iketani are writing the scripts, and Hiroyuki Saida (My mental choices are completely interfering with my school romantic comedy) is designing the characters and serving as chief animation director. Each character was designed by either Nobuhiro Watsuki (Rurouni Kenshin, Buso Renkin) or Kazushi Hagiwara (Bastard!!). Luna Sea is performing the theme song "Limit."

The accompanying Endride ~X fragments~ smartphone game features Hagiwara and Watsuki on original character designs, the illustrator Hidari (Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk), and scenario writer Takumi Miyajima (Tales of the Abyss). The game will begin accepting pre-registration of users in April, and will formally launch this year.

Kumamiko - Girl meets Bear

The anime is based on Masume Yoshimoto's manga of the same name. The original manga follows Machi, a middle school student who serves as a shrine maiden (miko) at a Shinto shrine enshrining a bear (kuma) in the recesses of a certain mountain in Japan's northern Tōhoku region. Machi's guardian is a talking bear named Natsu, and one day Machi says to Natsu, "I want to go to a school in the city." The worrywart Natsu then gives Machi — who is ignorant in the ways of the world — a set of trials that she must pass in order to be able to survive in the city.

Kiyoshi Matsuda (episode director for Wagnaria!!, Natsume's Book of Friends season 3, Durarara!!) is making his directorial debut with the series at Kinema Citrus and EMT Squared. Pierre Sugiura (Yuyushiki, Barakamon) and Masao Iketani are writing the scripts, and Hiroyuki Saida (My mental choices are completely interfering with my school romantic comedy) is designing the characters and serving as chief animation director. Maki Hanatani from idol group Fullfull☆Pocket is performing the opening theme song "Datte, Gyutte Shite."

The anime premiered on AT-X on April 3 at 11:30 p.m., and it will also air on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, Higashinippon Broadcasting, Niigata Broadcasting, and BS11.

Funimation has licensed the series and is streaming it online.

Yoshimoto launched the series in Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Flapper magazine in its May 2013 issue, and then Kadokawa added it to its ComicWalker web comic service in March 2014. Kadokawa published the manga's fifth compiled volume on October 23.

Three Leaves, Three Colors (Sansha Sanyō)

Futaba Odagiri is the energetic transfer student who befriends Teru Hayama, the class president who is meaner than she looks, and Youko Nishikawa, a former rich girl who still acts like a princess. Three very different girls who only share one thing: the kanji for leaf in their names. Balancing school and life is hard enough, but what about dealing with clashing personalities on top of it all? - From AnimeLab

Yasuhiro Kimura (Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! episode director) is directing the series at animation studio Doga Kobo. Hideaki Koyasu (Lance N' Masques, GJ Club) is handling series composition and Jun Yamazaki (episode animation director for Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash!, Muromi-san) is designing the characters. In addition to performing the opening theme song "Clover♣Kakumeeshon," the character group Triple♣Feeling is also performing the ending theme song "Gūchoki Parade."

The series will premiere on April 10 and funimation will stream the series on FunimationNOW.

Concrete Revolutio: Chōjin Gensō The Last Song (Season 2)

What if superhumans were real? Even better, what if every fabled superhuman existed at the same time, in the same place? Titans from outer space, life forms from a mystical world, phantoms and goblins from ancient times, cyborgs created by scientists, relics that rose out of the ruins of ancient civilizations. In another Japan, it's not just a question of “what if”—it's a reality. Some of the superhumans choose to keep their identities a secret, while others bask in their superhuman fame. Jiro Hitoyoshi, member of the Superhuman Bureau, keeps track of their doings.

The anime reunites the main staff from Fullmetal Alchemist. Seiji Mizushima (Fullmetal Alchemist, Un-Go, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Hanamaru Kindergarten) is directing the series at BONES, and Shou Aikawa (Fullmetal Alchemist, Un-Go, Ghost Slayers Ayashi, Martian Successor Nadesico) is in charge of series composition. Masafumi Mima (Attack on Titan, Paprika) is serving as sound director. Kazuki Nakashima (Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill, live-action Terraformars) is joining Gen Urobuchi and Masaki Tsuji on writing scripts for the second season.

The first series premiered in Japan on October 4. Anime Consortium Japan is co-producing the anime, and it also streamed the first anime season on Daisuki as it aired in Japan. Both AnimeLab and FUNimation Entertainment streamed the season.

ZAQ will be performing the second season's opening "Warireru Dōkoku" following on from her first season opening "Katararezu Tomo"

Rin-Ne (Season 2)

The shinigami Rinne Rokudou, and Sakura Mamiya, the girl who can see ghosts, attend the same school. The two spend their days solving the worries of spirits. Rinne is so poor that he is forced to borrow money from Sakura to buy shinigami tools to solve their cases. Rinne and Sakura care for each other, but their relationship is not progressing. However, with the appearance of a new contracted black cat, a beautiful damashigami, and a person with whom Rinne shares a special circumstance, the situation becomes even more chaotic! Rinne and Sakura's after-school time wrapped up in the world of spirits continues!

Seiki Sugawara (D-Frag!) returns to direct Rin-Ne S2 for NHK alongside Michiko Yokote (Genshiken) handling series composition. Singer and voice actress Pile (Love Live!, World Trigger, Duel Masters VS R, Tenkai Knights) will perform the opening theme song "Melody," while the rock unit GLIM SPANKY will perform the ending theme song "Hanashi o Shiyō" (Let's Talk).

The first television anime series premiered on April 4 on the public broadcaster NHK's E-Tele channel. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan and Sentai Filmworks licensed the series for release in North America. Sentai Filmworks has again licensed Rin-Ne for digital and home video releases and The Anime Network will stream the series in the United States, Canada and Latin America.

Takahashi created such manga as Ranma 1/2, Maison Ikkoku, and Urusei Yatsura before she began serializing RIN-NE in Weekly Shonen Sunday in 2009. Shogakukan will publish the 29th compiled book volume in Japan on March 18, while Viz Media published the 20th compiled volume in English earlier this month.


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