Crunchyroll to Stream Stan Lee & Studio Deen's The Reflection Superhero Anime

posted on by Karen Ressler
Series premieres this summer

Crunchyroll announced during its panel at Sakura-Con on Saturday that it will stream The Reflection anime project this summer. The anime's staff previously announced that the anime is planned for a worldwide simultaneous distribution.

Studio DEEN is collaborating with American comic pioneer Stan Lee (Spider-Man, X-Men, Heroman) and his Pow! Entertainment company for the project. Lee is credited with the original work, and Pow! Entertainment and Studio DEEN are credited with the project planning. Hiroshi Nagahama (Mushishi, Flowers of Evil, Detroit Metal City) is co-creating and directing the series at Studio DEEN, and he is also providing the original character designs. Yoshihiko Umakoshi (Casshern Sins, Berserk, Mushi-Shi) is adapting those designs for animation. British music producer and songwriter Trevor Horn is producing the music for the anime. Japanese idol group 9nine (Star Driver, Magi, My Little Monster) will appear as characters in the story and are performing the show's ending theme song (the group was earlier credited with performing an insert song for the series).

Other staff members include Koichiro Sohtome (Mushi-Shi episode director, Bokura ga Ita chief director) as series director, Yasuyuki Suzuki (Naruto, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal) as scriptwriter, Kanako Satō (Love Live! School idol project, Wolf Children) as in-between checker, Hiroko Umezaki (Noragami Aragoto, Flowers of Evil) as color designer, Hisaharu Iijima (Bakemonogatari, And Yet the Town Moves) as art director, and Keiichi Nozaki (Ongaku Shōjo, L/R: Licensed by Royalty) as music director.

Studio DEEN describes the story:

After THE REFLECTION, some of the people in all parts of the world are discovered with super powers.
Some become heroes, and others villains.
How did the Reflection happen? What was the cause of it?
With many unsolved mysteries, the world is lead into turmoil.

Lee previously collaborated with the anime studio BONES on to write the Heroman television anime series, but he will be involved more directly with the production of The Reflection. He also co-created the Ultimo manga series with Shaman King creator Hiroyuki Takei and collaborated with X Japan band co-founder Yoshiki on a comic project. His creations at Marvel Comics have inspired several manga and anime adaptations.

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