Funimation Streams Saranzanmai Anime's English Dub
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Funimation announced on Tuesday that it will stream Kunihiko Ikuhara's original television anime project Sarazanmai. The simuldub will premiere on May 9 at 4:00 p.m. EDT, and it will be available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
Crunchyroll is also streaming the series with English subtitles as it airs in Japan. Crunchyroll describes the story:
The setting is Asakusa. One day, second-years in middle school Kazuki Yasaka, Toi Kuji, and Enta Jinnai meet Keppi, a mysterious kappa-like creature, who steals their shirikodama and transforms them into kappas. "To return to your original forms," Keppi tells them, "you must fight the zombies and take the shirikodama from them." Can the boys connect with each other and steal the zombies' shirikodama?! At the same time, something is happening at the police box where Reo Niiboshi and Mabu Akutsu work. This is the story of three boys who can't connect with someone important to them, learning about what it truly means to do so.
The 11-episode series premiered on April 11 on Fuji-TV's Noitamina programming block.
Ikuhara is directing the series and, along with Teruko Utsumi, is overseeing the series scripts. Nobuyuki Takeuchi (Fireworks) is serving as chief director. Migi is providing the original character designs, and Kayoko Ishikawa is adapting the designs for animation and serving as chief animation director. Katsunori Shibata (Penguindrum) and Maimu Matsushima are credited with conceptual design. Ayaka Fujii (FLCL Alternative, Kill la Kill) is handling the background art with Studio Pablo and Yukari Hashimoto (Penguindrum, Yurikuma Arashi) is composing the music.
The studios MAPPA (Yuri!!! on Ice, In This Corner of the World, Rage of Bahamut: Genesis) and Lapin Track (Yurikuma Arashi) are producing the series. "Ikunirappa" is credited with the original story; the original story of Ikuhara's earlier Yurikuma Arashi anime was similarly credited to "Ikunigomamonaka."