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Animax Asia to Air Alice & Zouroku, This Art Club Has a Problem!

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Alice & Zouroku premieres on Sunday, This Art Club Has a Problem! on April 11

Southeast Asian channel Animax Asia announced on Tuesday and Wednesday that it will air a simulcast of the Alice & Zouroku (Alice to Zouroku) television anime, as well as the This Art Club Has a Problem! (Kono Bijutsu-bu niwa Mondai ga Aru!) television anime.

Alice & Zouroku premieres in Japan on Sunday on Tokyo MX, KBS Kyoto, and Sun TV, and Animax Asia will premiere the series on the same day at 11:00 p.m. GMT +8. The first episode's broadcast will be 60 minutes long. The anime's official Japanese website previously streamed a promotional video for the anime earlier this month.

Sana: Yes. This is the story of my precious and irreplaceable family.
Text: The New Face Awardee in the 17th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards gets a long-awaited anime adaptation!
Sana: Hey, you. Why don't you make a deal with me? Agree, and anything you wish for will be granted!
Text: A girl with a mysterious power.
Zouroku: Listen! If there's anything I hate, it's twisted things.
Text: A stubborn old man.
Text: On a cold rainy day...
Text: She escaped from the research facility...
Text: And saw the outside for the first time.
Text: And knew warmth for the first time.
Text: Their new everyday life starts now.
Sana and Logo: Alice & Zouroku starts in April 2017
Sana: I like you! You shall be my servant!
Zouroku: Don't. Shout. In the restaurant!

The anime is based on Tetsuya Imai's manga of the same name. The story begins with a group of young girls who hold a power named "Alice's Dream," which allows them to make their imaginations come true. These girls have been locked up and treated as research subjects. Sana, one of these girls whose specific power includes the ability ignore the laws of physics and physically manifest anything she can imagine, has escaped. Afterward, she meets an old man named Zouroku, who dislikes disruptions in his everyday life.

Katsushi Sakurabi (Flying Witch, Lostorage incited WIXOSS, Heaven's Memo Pad) is directing the anime at J.C. Staff. Fumihiko Takayama (Yomigaeru Sora - RESCUE WINGS, Sword of the Stranger, Sweet Blue Flowers) is supervising the series' scripts. The pair previously worked together on the Gunparade March anime. Kazunori Iwakura (Ai Yori Aoshi, Aria the Scarlet Ammo, Sky Girls) is drawing the character designs for animation. TO-MAS (Flip Flappers) is handling the music.

Oresama is performing the opening theme song "Wonder Drive." toi toy toi (kotringo edition) is performing the ending theme song "Chant."

Imai launched the manga in the December 2012 issue of Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Ryū magazine, and Tokuma Shoten published the seventh compiled book volume of the manga in November. The manga won the New Face Award in the 17th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in 2013.

This Art Club Has a Problem! will premiere on April 11, and will air double episodes every Monday and Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. GMT +8. Animax Asia is streaming an English-subtitled commercial for the anime.

The anime is based on Imigimuru's manga of the same name. The show focuses on an art club in a certain middle school, and its members: Subaru Uchimaki, who is a genius at drawing faces, but only wants to draw the perfect 2D wife; Colette, a rich troublemaker who never stops making mischief; and the club president, who sleeps through sessions and collects sleeping aids. Mizuki Usami is the only person in the club who wants to do art club-like activities, and constantly struggles to do so.

The anime premiered in Japan last July.

Kei Oikawa (Outbreak Company, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!, Minami-ke: Okaeri) directed the series at studio feel. Naruhisa Arakawa (MAOYU, Outbreak Company, Kingdom) wrote and oversaw the scripts, Mai Otsuka (Non Non Biyori, Shakugan no Shana) designed the characters, and Satoshi Motoyama (Oreimo, Little Busters!, WATAMOTE) was the sound director. Kuniaki Masuda (Kiss×sis, So I Can't Play H) was the chief animation director.

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