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Funimation to Stream Azur Lane, No Guns Life Anime

posted on by Alex Mateo
Azur Lane debuts on Thursday, No Guns Life on October 10

Funimation announced on Twitter on Thursday that it will begin streaming Azur Lane in Japanese with English subtitles on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. EDT and with an English dub on October 17. The company also announced on Wednesday that it will begin streaming No Guns Life in Japanese with English subtitles on October 10 and with an English dub on October 24. Both anime will stream in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

The television anime of Shanghai Manjuu and Xiamen Yongshi's Azur Lane smartphone game will premiere in Japan on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and BS11 on Thursday, and on AT-X on Friday.

Tensho (Grisaia, Rewrite, Kinmoza!) is directing the anime at Bibury Animation Studio, the studio he founded in 2017. Jin Haganeya (Demonbane game scenario, Kamen Rider Gaim scripts, Guilty Crown scripts) is in charge of the series scripts. May'n will perform the anime's opening theme song "graphite/diamond," and Kano will perform the anime's ending theme song "Hikari no Michishirube" (Guiding Light).

In the original game for iOS and Android devices, players collect early 20th century warships from various countries and use fleets of six ships to battle enemies. Shanghai Manjuu and Xiamen Yongshi developed the game, and bilibili released it in China in May 2017. Shanghai Yostar released the game in Japan in September 2017. Yostar released an English version of the game on May 20.

Yostar describes the game:

Azur Lane features an interactive combat system that combines the best of strategy and 2D shooter games. Players must command a flotilla, divided into two parts: the Vanguard Fleet and the Main Fleet. While the Vanguard is responsible for striking and clearing operations, the Main Fleet must focus on fire support and dealing damage to enemy ships. Strategy is key, and players must build their fleets carefully to succeed on the high seas. Players can strengthen their fleets from the base via the Academy and Dorms, where they can earn experience points, buy items from the shop, or improve their skills in the Classroom.

The television anime of Tasuku Karasuma's No Guns Life manga will premiere in Japan on TBS on October 10; on AT-X, Sun TV, and KBS Kyoto on October 11; and on BS11 on October 13.

Naoyuki Itou (Overlord all three seasons, Kanon, Kimi no Koe o Todoketai) is directing the anime at Madhouse (Boogiepop and Others, Overlord). Yukie Sugawara (Overlord all three seasons, Kino's Journey - The Beautiful World, Hina Logic - from Luck & Logic) is overseeing the series scripts and Masanori Shino (Black Lagoon, Digimon Adventure tri. films, Gungrave) is designing the characters. Kenji Kawai (Patlabor, Ghost in the Shell, Mobile Suit Gundam 00) is composing the anime's music. Kenichi Asai is performing the opening theme song "Motor City," and rock band DATS are performing the anime's ending theme song "Game Over."

Viz Media licensed the manga and shipped the first volume on September 17. The company describes the story:

With no memory of his previous life—or who replaced his head with a giant gun—Juzo Inui now scratches out a living in the dark streets of the city as a Resolver.

Karasuma launched the manga in Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine in August 2014.

As previously announced, Funimation will stream the following new, returning, and continuing series during the fall season:

Sources: Funimation's website and Twitter account (link 2)

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