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Funimation to Dub Akashic Records, Clockwork Planet, Silver Guardian, Alice & Zoroku Anime

posted on by Karen Ressler
Also: Attack on Titan season 2 dub to stream on FunimationNow

FUNimation Entertainment announced on Thursday that it will offer simuldubs for Akashic Records of bastard magic instructor, Clockwork Planet, The Silver Guardian, and Alice & Zoroku. All four series already premiered in Japanese with English subtitles on Crunchyroll earlier this month. Funimation revealed on Twitter that it will have more simuldub announcements.

Funimation also announced that its English dub for Attack on Titan season two will premiere streaming on Sunday, April 23 at 10:00 p.m. EDT. The dub will premiere on Adult Swim's Toonami block on April 22.

The English dub of Akashic Records of bastard magic instructor will premiere on FunimationNow on Tuesday, April 25 at 9:30 p.m. EDT. The series is listed with 12 episodes.

In the "action fantasy" story, based on Tarō Hitsuji's light novel series, Glenn is a part-time teacher at a magic school who is inclined to write "self-study" on the blackboard and then take a nap. One of his students, Sistine, gets angry and challenges him to a duel and he is easily defeated. However, when a terrible incident threatens the school, Glenn shows intense dedication to protecting his students.

Minato Kazuto is directing the anime at LIDEN FILMS. Touko Machida (Lucky Star, The IDOLM@STER, The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan) is both writing and overseeing the scripts, Satoshi Kimura (Terraformars) is serving as both character designer and chief animation director, and Hiroaki Tsutsumi (Kuromukuro, Monster Musume, Orange) is composing the music. Konomi Suzuki is performing the opening theme song "Blow out," and the characters Sistine (as voiced by Akane Fujita), Rumia (Yume Miyamoto), and Re-L (Ari Ozawa) are performing the ending theme song "Precious You☆."

Clockwork Planet will premiere on FunimationNow on Monday, May 8 at 9:00 p.m. EDT.

Yuu Kamiya and Tsubaki Himana's Clockwork Planet novel series with illustrations by Shino (Sunday Without God, Lance N' Masques) debuted in 2013. Kodansha Comics has licensed the manga series, and it describes the manga's first volume as follows:

Naoto's a high school dropout and brilliant amateur tinkerer. He lives in a world that has been so over-exploited that the entire surface has become one vast machine. When a box crashes into his home containing a female automaton, it's a harbinger of change that will rock the entire globe, and give Naoto his chance to be a hero.

Tsuyoshi Nagasawa (MM!, Nyaruko: Crawling with Love!) is directing the series at XEBEC. Kenji Sugihara (Shiki, Oreca Battle) is handling the series composition, Shuichi Shimamura (Nodame Cantabile, Chaos;HEAd) is the character designer, and Kenji Teraoka (Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion) is the mechanical designer. Shu Kanematsu, Hanae Nakamura, Kaori Nakano, and Satoshi Hōno are composing the music. fripSide (A Certain Scientific Railgun, Black Bullet) is performing the anime's opening theme song "clockwork planet," and Musical duo After the Rain is performing the ending theme song "Anticlockwise."

The Silver Guardian will premiere on FunimationNow on Wednesday, May 3 at 9:00 p.m. EDT. Crunchyroll describes the story:

The protagonist, Riku Suigin is a pro-level gamer. The heroine, Riku Rei, knows of this and is the most beautiful girl in school and also loves video games. Suigin receives a device to play a net game called “Grave Buster” from Rei, but Rei is suddenly kidnapped. When Rei puts his hand on the device, he's sucked into the world of the game. And in that world, a battle between the tomb raiders and tomb protectors for the tomb of the mother goddess Bango's tomb has been going on for 1000 years.

The Silver Guardian has a different staff than the staff that was announced last March. Masahiko Ohkura (Yukikaze, Blue Drop) is directing the anime at Haoliners Emon, and is also handling the series composition alongside Hidefumi Kimura (Uta∽Kata, Kiddy Grade). Yoshiaki Tsubata (Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~) is designing the characters and serving as chief animation director. Minako Seki (both seasons of Kingdom) is composing the music.

The original Chinese web comic Yín Zhī Shǒu Mù Rén has more than 418 million views since March 2016. The anime project was first revealed in December 2015 as Emon Animation Company's first anime project.

Alice & Zoroku will premiere on FunimationNow on Wednesday, May 3 at 10:00 p.m. EDT. Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the original 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!

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."

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