Crunchyroll to Simulcast 2017 Gintama Anime, 5th Digimon Adventure tri. Film
posted on by Karen Ressler
Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it will simulcast Gintama anime's upcoming "Porori Arc" under the title Gintama Season 4. In addition, Toei Animation announced that Crunchyroll will stream the Digimon Adventure tri. Kyōsei (Symbiosis) film on September 30, simultaneously with Japan.
Crunchyroll will stream Gintama worldwide outside of Asia beginning on Sunday, October 1 at 2:35 p.m. EDT. In Japan, the anime will premiere on October 1 on TV Tokyo, TV Hokkaido, TV Aichi, TV Setouchi, and TVQ Broadcasting Kyushu. The first episode will air at 2:05 a.m. JST (effectively on October 2), but subsequent episodes will air at 1:35 a.m., the same timeslot in which the anime that premiered in January aired. The new anime will premiere on October 2 on TV Osaka.
The anime will include short gag skits from the manga that haven't previously been animated. The show's staff haven't specified if the anime will also have other new or old content, or if the anime will be a series of shorts or a full 30-minute series.
Blue Encount will perform the opening theme song "VS." The rock band also performed an opening theme song for the 2015 Gintama anime. All-female group Ayumikurikamaki will perform the new ending theme song "Hankō Seimei" (Opposition Proclamation).
Hideaki Sorachi began the original Gintama manga in 2004 and it continues to be ranked among the top-selling manga in Japan. The manga inspired a television anime that premiered in 2006 and continued (with several extended hiatuses) until 2013. The fifth and latest Gintama television anime series premiered on January 8, before the reruns started airing in April.
Crunchyroll streamed the most recent series as it aired in Japan, and is also streaming English-dubbed episodes. The manga also inspired two anime films, including the "final" Gekijōban Gintama Kanketsu-hen: Yorozuya yo Eien Nare film that opened in 2013, and various OVAs and event anime.
Digimon Adventure tri. Kyōsei will open on September 30 in Japan and will screen for three weeks. In addition to streaming on Crunchyroll, it will stream in Japan through the PlayStation Network on the same day. Theaters screening the film will also sell a limited edition Blu-ray Disc, and the standard Blu-ray Disc and DVD will ship on November 2.
(Highlight the following white text to read spoilers) [The countdown begins to the destruction of the real world at the hands of the out-of-control Meicoomon. Meicoomon's partner Meiko Mochizuki worries that this Digimon is one that should never have been created. Omegamon, Hackmon's ultimate form Jesmon, Alphamon, and the Digimon apparently mutated by Meicoomon face off in battle.]
Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 1: Reunion opened in November 2015, Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 2: Determination opened in March 2016, Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 3: Confession opened in September 2016, and Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 4: Loss opened on February 25.
Crunchyroll began streaming all four films on the same day that they premiered in Japan.
The project, which celebrates the 15th anniversary of Digimon Adventure (the first entry in the television anime series), will have a total of six films. The first film received a theatrical release in the United States in September 2016 with an English dub that features new and returning cast members.
Update: Digimon film number fixed. Thanks, Thespacemaster.
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