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Crunchyroll, Funimation to Stream Free! Dive to Future, Lord of Vermilion Anime

posted on by Karen Ressler
2 shows added to summer simulcast lineup

Crunchyroll and FUNimation Entertainment updated their summer streaming schedules with Free! Dive to Future and Lord of Vermilion: The Crimson King (Lord of Vermilion: Guren no Ō). Funimation's streams will be English-dubbed. Premiere dates have not yet been announced.

Crunchyroll will stream Free! Dive to Future worldwide outside of Asia and Lord of Vermilion: The Crimson King worldwide outside of Asia and French-speaking territories.

Free! -Dive to Future- will premiere in Japan on ABC TV on July 11 late at night at 2:15 a.m. (effectively July 12). The series will also air on Tokyo MX 1, TV Aichi, and BS11.

Eisaku Kawanami, who served as a storyboarder and episode director for the two television anime series and director of the two compilation films and the Free! -Take Your Marks- film, is directing the series at Kyoto Animation and Animation DO. Masahiro Yokotani is returning to oversee the series scripts, and Futoshi Nishiya is returning as the character designer and chief animation director. Tatsuya Katō is also returning to compose the music. Style Five, the five main voice cast members in the anime, are again performing the new ending theme song "Gold Evolution."

In the new series, Haruka, who is attending college in Tokyo, meets Asahi again and reawakens his memories from his middle school years, including those of Ikuya. Makoto is working toward a new dream while he is in Tokyo together with Haruka. Rin has an unexpected meeting in Sydney. As they await their new futures, will they see a new fight ahead? Or will they instead confront the past they left behind?

Lord of Vermilion: The Crimson King, the television anime of Square Enix's Lord of Vermilion arcade trading card game series, will premiere in Japan on Tokyo MX on July 13 at 25:05 (effectively July 14 at 1:05 a.m.), before later airing on Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, TV Aichi, BS11, and AT-X.

The anime takes place in Tokyo in 2030. In a suburban area, suddenly a high-frequency resonant sound is heard, and at the same time a red mist shrouds the area. Anyone who hears the sound, be it human or animal, loses consciousness. The government estimates that it might be an unidentified virus, and fearful of an epidemic, blockades Tokyo and moves its base to Osaka. However, six days after the incident, those who lost consciousness from the sound awaken for no apparent reason. Those blockaded in Tokyo slowly start to get the city functioning again, but after that day strange incidents start to occur at the blockade border. Those who have awakened a hidden blood power arise, are drawn to one another, and must face a cruel fate.

Eiji Suganuma (Sasameki Koto, Karneval, B-PROJECT) is directing the anime. Masashi Suzuki (Shuffle!, Minami-ke: Okawari, The Sacred Blacksmith) is in charge of series composition. Toshie Kawamura (Yes! Precure 5, Mashiroiro Symphony - The color of lovers, Hugtto! Precure) is designing the characters.

Sources: Crunchyroll, Funimation

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