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Anime Expo to Host Fire Force Creator Atsushi Ohkubo at Anime's Overseas Premiere

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Manga editor Megumu Tsuchiya to also appear at premiere panel

Funimation announced on Friday that it will present the overseas premiere of the Fire Force anime at Anime Expo on July 5 at 1:00 p.m. PDT. Fire Force manga creator Atsushi Ohkubo and editor Megumu Tsuchiya will appear at the panel, which premiere the anime's English dub.

Kodansha Comics publishes the manga in English, and it describes the story:

Terror has paralyzed the clockwork metropolis of Tokyo! Possessed by demons, people have begun to burst into flame, leading to the establishment of a special firefighting team: the Fire Force, ready to roll on a moment's notice to fight spontaneous combustion anywhere it might break out. The team is about to get a very unique addition: Shinra, a boy who possesses the unique power to run at the speed of a rocket, leaving behind the famous "devil's footprints" (and destroying his shoes in the process). Can the Fire Force discover the source of this strange phenomenon and put a stop to it? Or will the city burn to ashes first?

Yuki Yase (Mekaku City Actors, Hidamari Sketch × Honeycomb) is directing the anime at david production (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Cells at Work!). Yamato Haishima is in charge of the series scripts, and Hideyuki Morioka (Kizumonogatari, Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei) is designing the characters. The band Mrs. Green Apple performs the anime's opening theme song "Inferno."

The anime will premiere in Japan on July 5 at 25:25 (effectively July 6 at 1:25 a.m. Japan Time or July 5 at 12:25 p.m. EDT) as the first title in the "Super Animeism" programming block on MBS, TBS, and other channels.

Funimation will stream the television anime on its FunimationNow streaming service this year.

Ohkubo (Soul Eater) launched the series in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine in September 2015. Kodansha published the manga's 16th volume on April 17. Kodansha Comics shipped the 15th volume in English on April 30.

This year's Anime Expo will take place from July 4 to 7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Sources: Funimation, Anime Expo

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