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Aniplex USA Licenses March comes in like a lion, Occultic;Nine Anime

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Both series to stream on Crunchyroll, Daisuki with additional platforms to be revealed later

Aniplex of America announced at its panel at Anime Weekend Atlanta on Saturday that it has licensed the March comes in like a lion and Occultic;Nine television anime series. Aniplex of America is also streaming subtitled trailers for both series.

Crunchyroll also announced on Saturday that it will stream both series as they air. Daisuki will also stream both series. Aniplex of America additionally stated it will announce additional platforms for both titles at a later date. The company has also opened official English websites for both series.

March comes in like a lion will premiere on Crunchyroll on October 8 at 1:00 p.m. EDT and on Daisuki for North American audiences on October 15 at 11:00 a.m. EDT. The story, based on Chika Umino's March comes in like a lion manga, follows a solitary shōgi player named Rei and his relationships with a neighboring family. He becomes acquainted with Akari, and two young girls, Hinata and Momo, who also have have a large number of cats.

Akiyuki Simbo (Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Bakemonogatari) is directing the anime at SHAFT. Nobuhiro Sugiyama (ef: a tale of memories, Arakawa Under the Bridge, Nisekoi - False Love) is designing the characters for animation. Seiki Tamura (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, K-ON!, Mr. Osomatsu) is credited for art direction, while Yasuhiro Nakura (Nekomonogatari (Black), Monogatari Series Second Season, Hanamonogatari key animation) is credited for art setting. Yukari Hashimoto (Toradora!, Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, Mr. Osomatsu) is composing the music, while Toshiki Kameyama (Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, Nisekoi - False Love, Kan Colle) is the sound director.

Occultic;Nine will begin streaming on Crunchyroll on October 8 at 12:30 p.m. EDT and on Daisuki for North American audiences on October 15 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. The anime is the first light novel series by MAGES. head Chiyomaru Shikura (Steins;Gate). The "paranormal science" story follows nine idiosyncratic individuals, linked by the "Chōjō Kagaku Kirikiri Basara" occult summary blog run by 17-year-old second-year high school student Yūta Gamon. Little incongruities that occur around these nine eventually lead to a larger, unimaginable event that may alter what is considered common sense in this world.

Kyōhei Ishiguro (Lance N' Masques) is directing the anime with assistant director Miyuki Kuroki at A-1 Pictures, and MAGES. and To-Jumpei Morita (Nobunaga Concerto episode director) are credited with supervising the series scripts. Tomoaki Takase is adapting pako's original character designs from the novel series for animation, and Kouta Michishita is designing the props. Yoshinori Shiozawa is credited with the art design, and Hisayo Usui is the art director. Kazuko Nakashima is the color key artist. Yoshihiro Sekiya is the director of photography, and Ryūta Ono is directing the 3D animation. Akinori Mishima is editing. Jin Aketagawa is directing the sound, and Masaru Yokoyama is composing the music.

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