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Crunchyroll, Funimation to Stream Saga of Tanya the Evil, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Hand Shakers, More

posted on by Alex Mateo

Crunchyroll and Funimation announced on Tuesday that they will stream the Saga of Tanya the Evil, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Hand Shakers, Masamune-kun's Revenge, and Akiba's Trip The Animation anime. Crunchyroll will stream the simulcast subtitled versions as they air, and Funimation's streams will be dubbed. In addition, Funimation will stream the simuldub for the second season of Tales of Zestiria the X, and continue to stream Monster Hunter Stories RIDE ON, NANBAKA, All Out!!, Trickster, and Puzzle & Dragons X.

Saga of Tanya the Evil (Yōjo Senki: Saga of Tanya the Evil) will premiere on Crunchyroll worldwide outside of Asia on Friday, January 6 at 10:30 a.m. EST. Funimation will premiere the dub on January 23 at 10:00 p.m. EST.

The anime will premiere in Japan on AT-X on January 6 at 10:00 p.m. The series will also air on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, TV Aichi, and BS11. AbemaTV will stream the series in Japan.

The series adapts author Carlo Zen and illustrator Shinobu Shinotsuki's Yōjo Senki (The Military Chronicles of a Little Girl) light novel series. The novel series centers on a young girl who fights on the frontlines in war. She has blonde hair, blue eyes, and nearly transparent white skin, and she flies through the air and mercilessly strikes down her opponents. Her name is Tanya Degurechov, and she speaks with a young girl's lisp and commands the army. Tanya used to be one of Japan's elite office workers, but because of a wrathful god, was reborn as a little girl. Tanya prioritizes optimization and career advancement above all, and she will become the most dangerous entity among the Imperial Army's mages.

Yutaka Uemura (The Mystic Archives of Dantalian) is directing the anime as the first major project of the relatively new studio NUT. Yuji Hosogoe (Kiddy Grade) is adapting Shinobu Shinotsuki's original novel character designs for animation, and also serving as chief animation director with assistant director Kana Harufuji. Kenta Ihara (Ajin) is supervising and writing the series scripts, and Shūji Katayama (Overlord, Popin Q, Super Lovers 2) is composing the music. Aoi Yūki, the voice of Tanya, is performing the anime's ending theme song "Los! Los! Los!" and MYTH&ROID is performing the opening theme song "Jingo Jungle."

The television anime of Coolkyoushinja's Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon) manga will premiere on Crunchyroll worldwide outside of Asia on Wednesday, January 11 at 11:30 a.m. EST. Funimation will premiere the dub on February 1 at 10:00 a.m. EST.

The series will premiere in Japan on January 11 at 00:00 (effectively January 12 at midnight) on the Tokyo MX channel, followed by the ABC Asahi Broadcasting, TV Aichi, and BS11 channels.

Seven Seas is publishing the original manga in North America, and it describes the story:

Miss Kobayashi is your average office worker who lives a boring life, alone in her small apartment–until she saves the life of a female dragon in distress. The dragon, named Tohru, has the ability to magically transform into an adorable human girl (albeit with horns and a long tail!), who will do anything to pay off her debt of gratitude, whether Miss Kobayashi likes it or not. With a very persistent and amorous dragon as a roommate, nothing comes easy, and Miss Kobayashi's normal life is about to go off the deep end!

Yasuhiro Takemoto (Amagi Brilliant Park, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, Hyōka, Lucky Star) is directing the anime at Kyoto Animation. Yuka Yamada (Neo Angelique Abyss, Samurai Warriors, Umi Monogatari) is in charge of the series scripts, and Miku Kadowaki (Amagi Brilliant Park, Beyond the Boundary) is designing the characters. The band fhana is performing the opening theme song "Aozora no Rhapsody" and the group Choro-gonzu (the characters Tohru, Kanna, Eruma, and Rukoa) is performing the ending theme song "Ishukan Communication."

Handshakers will premiere worldwide outside of Asia on Crunchyroll on Tuesday, January 10 at 1:00 p.m. EST. Funimation will premiere the dub on January 29 at 9:00 p.m. EST.

The anime will premiere in Japan on January 10 at 24:30 (effectively January 11 at 12:30 a.m.) on Tokyo MX, and will also then air on MBS, TV Aichi, and BS11.

The project is a collaboration between animation studio GoHands, company Frontier Works, and publisher Kadokawa .The anime takes place in Osaka in "AD20XX," and revolves around the Hand Shakers — partners who can summon "Nimrodes," weapons born from their deep psyche by joining hands. In order to grant the pair's wish, the Hand Shakers compete with and fight other Hand Shaker pairs. The top pair will then meet and challenge "God."

OxT (Overlord) is performing the anime's opening theme song "One Hand Message." Masayoshi Ōishi is playing the accoustic guitar on the song, while Tom-H@ck is playing the electric guitar. Akino Arai will perform the ending theme song "Yume Miru Ame" (Dreaming Rain).

The anime is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the ANIMATE chain of anime character goods stores.

Masamune-kun's Revenge will premiere on Crunchyroll worldwide outside of Asia on Thursday, January 5 at 11:00 p.m. EST. Funimation will premiere the dub on February 6 at 9:30 p.m. EST.

The anime will premiere in Japan on Tokyo MX on January 5, and will also air on the AT-X, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and BS Fuji channels. The AT-X channel will get its own original footage for the ending credits sequence, and an extra program after each episode titled "Honmono no Ojō-sama wa Dare da?! Ojō-sama Kakuzuke Check" (Who is the Real Lady?! Lady Ranking Check). The extra program will feature Aki and the female cast trying different types of gourmet food and judging which is best.

Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed Hazuki Takeoka and Tiv's original manga in North America, and it describes the story:

As an overweight child, Makabe Masamune was mercilessly teased and bullied by one particular girl, Adagaki Aki. Determined to one day exact his revenge upon her, Makabe begins a rigorous regimen of self-improvement and personal transformation.

Years later, Masamune re-emerges as a new man. Handsome, popular, with perfect grades and good at sports, Masamune-kun transfers to Aki's school, and is unrecognizable to her. Now, Masamune-kun is ready to confront the girl who bullied him so many years ago and humiliate her at last. But will revenge be as sweet as he thought?

Mirai Minato (Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya) is directing the series at Silver Link. Michiko Yokote (Shirobako, ReLIFE, Dagashi Kashi) is supervising the show's scripts, and is also penning them alongside Kento Shimoyama (Good Luck Girl!, Servant × Service, Shomin Sample). Yuki Sawairi (Yurikuma Arashi, Girl Friend BETA animation director) is designing the characters for animation. Toshiki Kameyama (KanColle, Kiznaiver) is in charge of sound direction. Lantis is credited as music producer. Ohashi is performing the anime's opening theme as her character Aki Adagaki. ChouCho (Hyōka, Girls und Panzer) is performing the ending theme song.

Akiba's Trip the Animation will premiere in Japan on AT-X in January 4, followed by Tokyo MX, BS Fuji, and online services such as the d Anime Store. Crunchyroll and Funimation will announce streaming times at a later date.

The anime adapts Acquire's Akiba's Trip game franchise. The site describes the story:

Akihabara, a broad-minded neighborhood where everyone from beginners to masters are welcomed. Even when you're alone, if you go to Akiba, you'll find someone who understands you. It's a neighborhood where anything is possible, where anyone can do seemingly anything; a place where you can lay bare your body and soul. In this neighborhood of Akiba, which has everything including anime, games, maids, idols, secondhand parts, and cheap food, battles are fought against the "Bagurimono," and a steadfast "boy meets girl" story begins!

Hiroshi Ikehata (Seiyu's Life!, Robot Girls Z) is directing the series, Kazuho Hyodo (ReLIFE, Robot Girls Z) is handling the series composition, and Hajime Mitsuda (key animator for Steins;Gate, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt) is designing the characters. Earphones will perform the opening theme song "Ikken Rakuchaku Go Yōjin." The individual members are voicing the main female characters in the anime. The anime will feature 10 different ending song artists.

Funimation will also stream the second season simuldub of the Tales of Zestiria the X (pronounced cross) anime series. Funimation will premiere the dub January 22 at 10:00 p.m. EST.

The season will premiere on the Tokyo MX channel on January 8, and it will also run on BS11, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, TV Aichi, Okayama Broadcasting, Kochi Sun Sun Broadcasting, and TV Aichi. It will also stream on the Niconico and Abema TV services for free in Japan, as well as on various video-on-demand services. Singer Minami is performing the season's opening theme song. Flow's "Innosense" CD single will go on sale on February 8 in three editions (a limited first edition, a regular edition, and a limited-time pressing with a bonus DVD and anime art).

The cast is returning from the original game and the first season, except Noriko Shitaya has replaced Miyu Matsuki as Lailah in both anime seasons. Matsuki passed away in November 2015.

Haruo Sotozaki (Tales of Zestiria: Dōshi no Yoake, Tales of Symphonia the Animation) is directing both seasons at ufotable, and ufotable is also writing the scripts. Akira Matsushima (Tales of Symphonia the Animation, Tales of Zestiria: Dōshi no Yoake) is adapting the original game character designs from Mutsumi Inomata, Kousuke Fujishima, Daigo Okumura, and Minoru Iwamoto for animation, and Motoi Sakuraba and Gō Shiina are composing the music.

Crunchyroll and Funimation previously announced that they will stream the Chain Chronicle – The Light of Haecceitas- (Chain Chronicle: Haecceitas no Hikari) films and television anime and the Koro Sensei Quest! anime series.

Thanks to Luke Dias for the news tip.

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