Crunchyroll Adds Grimms Notes the Animation, Mysteria Friends Anime Simulcasts

posted on by Karen Ressler
2 shows from Sentai Filmworks are "final" slate of new titles

Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will stream the Grimms Notes the Animation and Mysteria Friends anime as they air in Japan this winter. Crunchyroll told ANN that these are the last winter 2019 announcements it has planned currently.

Grimms Notes the Animation will premiere on Friday at 11:30 p.m. EST in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Central and Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and Turkey. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the anime in all of these territories except Turkey.

The anime is based on Square Enix's Grimms Notes smartphone game, which features characters from classic fairy tales and stories such as Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, and Cinderella. The game takes place in a world created by a beings known as "Story Tellers." At birth, all inhabitants of this world are bestowed with a "book of fate" where all their lives are written in advance. However, rogue Story Tellers known as Chaos Tellers are writing bad events into people's books without them knowing. It is up to the holders of blank books of fate to seek out the Chaos Tellers and restore the world.

Seiki Sugawara (RIN-NE, D-Frag!) is directing the anime at Brains Base. Hiroshi Yamaguchi is in charge of the series scripts, and Kentarou Matsumoto is designing the characters. Fumiyuki Go is directing the sound, and Mirai Kodai Gakudan is composing the music.

Korean game publisher Flero Games released the game in South Korea, the United States, Canada, and 27 European countries including the United Kingdom, France, and Germany on March 2.

Mysteria Friends (Manaria Friends in Japan) will premiere on Crunchyroll on January 20 at 12:00 p.m. EST, worldwide outside of Asia. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the anime.

The anime was originally planned to premiere on April 1, 2016. However, the official website announced in March 2016 that the series had been delayed "due to various circumstances." The January premiere was announced in October along with a new staff.

Hideki Okamoto (D.C. II: Da Capo II, Battle Girls - Time Paradox) is replacing Takafumi Hoshikawa as director, and Cygames Pictures is replacing Studio Hibari to animate the series. Satoko Sekine (Is This a Zombie? of the Dead, Tayutama - Kiss on My Deity) is replacing Hoshikawa for series composition. Minami Yoshida (chief animation director for Terraformars Revenge, Love Live! School idol project) is replacing Megumi Ishihara to design the characters. Takashi Watanabe (live-action Teiichi no Kuni, Nigakute Amai films) is composing the music.

The anime will tell an original story and center on the characters Anne and Grea from the "Manaria Mahō Gakuin" (Mysteria Academy in the English version) event in Cygames' Rage of Bahamut social game. In the game, Mysteria Academy is a prestigious magic school that teaches magic without discrimination to the three factions (men, gods, demons), who usually are engaged in battle with each other. The anime will be set in Mysteria Academy in the kingdom of Mysteria.

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