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Viz Media Licenses Boruto TV Anime, Plans Simulcast (Updated)

posted on by Karen Ressler
Series to simulcast on Hulu, also stream on Crunchyroll

Viz Media announced on Thursday that it has acquired the digital, broadcast, home video, and merchandising rights for the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations television anime series. Viz plans to simulcast the series on Hulu beginning on April 5, with new episodes every Wednesday. Crunchyroll announced that it will also stream the anime this spring, though it did not reveal a premiere date.

The series will premiere in Japan on TV Tokyo on April 5, and will feature an original story. The series features returning cast members from Naruto Shippūden and Boruto -Naruto the Movie-. Naruto Shippūden episode director Noriyuki Abe is serving as chief director, and Hiroyuki Yamashita is returning from Boruto -Naruto the Movie- to direct at Studio Pierrot. Ukyō Kodachi, author of the Boruto manga, is supervising the story. Makoto Uezu (Scum's Wish, My Bride is a Mermaid) is in charge of series composition. Tetsuya Nishio and Hirofumi Suzuki are returning to design the characters. Hideyuki Ueno (Ace of Diamond, NANA) is the art director, and Yasushi Nagura (The Future Diary, Wagnaria!!2) is the sound director.

KANA-BOON is performing the anime's opening theme song "Baton Road," and The Peggies is performing the anime's ending theme song "Dreamy Johnny."

Ukyō Kodachi and Mikie Ikemoto launched the Boruto manga in Weekly Shonen Jump on May 9, based on and as a sequel to Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto manga. Boruto's titular main character is the protagonist of the Boruto -Naruto the Movie- anime film.

Update: Crunchyroll stream information added.

Update 2: Viz Media streamed English-subtitled trailers.

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