Amazon Strike Lists Touken Ranbu, Welcome to the Ballroom, Dive!! Anime
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Aniplex of America announced in April that it added the Katsugeki! Tōken Ranbu (Action Picture! Touken Ranbu) television anime series to its summer 2017 lineup and would stream the series starting in July. The company has not announced on what services it will stream the anime.
The series will premiere in Japan on Tokyo MX, BS11, Gunma TV, and Tochigi TV on July 1 at 24:30 (effectively July 2 at 12:30 a.m.) before airing on MBS at 3:08 a.m. The anime will premiere later in the month on Okayama Broadcasting, Kōchi Sunsun TV, and TV Aichi. The anime will stream on DMM.com, d Anime Store (Docomo Anime Store), Hikari TV, Bandai Channel, Video Market, GYAO!, Niconico Channel, SBM Anime Hōdai, U-NEXT, and AbemaTV in Japan.
Toshiyuki Shirai (Fate/Zero, Tales of Zestiria the X animation director) is directing the series at ufotable. Mitsuru Obunai, Masaru Kimura, and Masayuki Kunihiro are the sword fight animators. Tatsuya Yamamura is in charge of historical research, and Kōgyoku Watanabe is the sword fight supervisor. The show has eight character designers, each handling the animation design for a different character.
The official website for the television anime of Tomo Takeuchi's Welcome to the Ballroom manga revealed last Friday that the anime will stream only on Amazon Prime Video inside and outside of Japan. However, the website has since been updated to list that the series will stream on Anime Strike in the United States.
In Japan, the first episode will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on July 7 at 24:00 (effectively July 8 at 12:00 a.m.), a full day before the anime premieres on MBS on July 8 at 26:08 (effectively Sunday, July 9 at 2:08 a.m.). Subsequent episodes will be available on Amazon Prime Video immediately after they air on MBS.
Yoshimi Itazu (Pigtails director, animation director for Paranoia Agent, Miss Hokusai, Den-noh Coil) is directing the series at Production I.G. Kenichi Suemitsu (K, Tōken Ranbu, Isobe Isobee Monogatari ~Ukiyo wa Tsurai yo~ stage plays) is handling the series composition, Yuuki Hayashi (My Hero Academia, Death Parade, Robotics;Notes) is composing the music, and Takahiro Kishida (Haikyu!!, Puella Magi Madoka Magica) is the character designer.
The official website for the television anime adaptation of Eto Mori's youth novel series DIVE!! revealed in May that the anime would stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in Japan and foreign countries. The website still lists that the series will stream only on Amazon Prime Video in Japan as well as foreign countries.
In Japan, the first episode will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on July 5 at 24:00 (effectively July 6 at 12:00 a.m.), a full day before the anime premieres on Fuji TV on July 6 at 24:55 (effectively Friday, July 7 at 12:55 a.m.). Subsequent episodes will be available on Amazon Prime Video on Thursdays at 27:00 (effectively Fridays at 3:00 a.m.), shortly after they air on Fuji TV.
Kaoru Suzuki (Pupipō!, episode director for Hellsing TV, Battery the Animation, InuYasha) is directing the series at ZERO-G, and Touko Machida (Lucky Star, Endride, Wake Up, Girls!) is overseeing the scripts. Suzuhito Yasuda (Yozakura Quartet manga creator, character designer for Durarara!!, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?) is handling the original character design, and Miyako Yatsu (Eyeshield 21: The Phantom Golden Bowl, Idaten Jump) is adapting the character designs for animation, and is also credited as the chief animation director. Yuuki Hayashi (Kiznaiver, My Hero Academia, Welcome to the Ballroom) and Kohta Yamamoto are composing the music.
The Anime Strike channel costs US$4.99 per month with an Amazon Prime membership, and a seven-day free trial is available. Amazon announced in May that the channel is offering downloads for anime episodes on the channel.