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Crunchyroll Streams Alice & Zoroku, The World Yamizukan, World Fool News Part II Anime

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
All 3 series premiere on Crunchyroll on Sunday

Crunchyroll announced on Saturday that that it will stream the Alice & Zoroku (Alice & Zouroku), The World Yamizukan (Sekai no Yami Zukan), and World Fool News Part II anime series.

The television anime of Tetsuya Imai's Alice & Zouroku (Alice to Zouroku) manga will premiere on Crunchyroll on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. EDT for members worldwide outside of Asia.

The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX, KBS Kyoto, and Sun TV on April 2, on BS11 on April 4, and on AT-X on April 7. The first episode's broadcast will be 60 minutes long.

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," and toi toy toi (kotringo edition) is performing the ending theme song "Chant."

Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the manga, and it describes the story:

A group of young girls possess a mysterious power known as "Alice's Dream," which gives them the ability to turn their thoughts into reality. Detained and experimented upon, these youths are locked away in secret until one of them manages to escape. Her name is Sana—a girl with the power to ignore the very laws of physics. When this willful powerhouse crosses paths with a stubborn old man named Zouroku, his carefully-ordered life will never be the same again!

The World Yamizukan will premiere on Crunchyroll on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. EDT for members worldwide outside of Asia.

The series is an omnibus short format anime that will tell stories of the strange and bizarre in our world, including UFOs, cryptids, curses, ancient civilizations, supernatural powers, spiritual experiences, bizarre cases, different dimensions, and urban legends, told in a picture show style. The anime seeks to evoke the retro atmosphere of pulp horror stories that were popular in the 60s and 70s in magazines.

Noboru Iguchi (Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories) is directing the series at ILCA, with cooperation by Wonder Head. Oolongta Yoshida is writing the scripts. Illustrators such as Yū Ebihara, Jun Honda, Reijirō Katō, Tatsuya Morino, Ryō Kudō will draw the art. Directors such as Kazufumi Nakahira, Ryōhei Ueno, and Takashi Iitsuka will handle the direction of each episode. MONO NO AWARE will perform the anime's ending theme song "me to me."

Takumi Saitō is credited as the "storyteller" for the show. Katsumi Toi, Asana Mamoru, Yukihiro Takiguchi, Aoi Imagawa, Nomakes, and Tetsu Watanabe are also credited for unnamed performance roles.

World Fool News Part II will premiere on Crunchyroll on Sunday at 7:00 a.m. EDT for members worldwide outside of Asia.

Crunchyroll describes the series:

This short comedy anime illustrates the sorts of things that happen all the time (?!) in the day-to-day dealings of a local TV station. In part 2, the staff has powered up further to bring even more excitement! Life has been relatively peaceful (?!) for the staff of World Fool News since the addition of the new newscaster, Ichitaro Takahashi. But now, a new crisis is upon them...

Crunchyroll began streaming the first 12-episode anime series in April 2014.

Update: Crunchyroll clarified that its streaming of World Fool News Part II is worldwide outside of Asia.

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