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Muse Asia Simulcasts Police in a Pod, Saiyuki Reload -ZEROIN-, 4 More Anime in January

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Muse Asia announced its winter simulcast schedule on Wednesday. The company's YouTube channel will stream:

  • The television anime of Miko Yasu's Police in a Pod (Hakozume: Kōban Joshi no Gyakushū) manga starting on January 5 at 9:00 p.m. IST.
  • Saiyuki Reload -ZEROIN-, the television anime of the "Even a Worm" arc from Kazuya Minekura's Saiyuki Reload manga, starting on January 6 at 8:30 p.m. IST.
  • The third season of the television anime based on Sōichirō Yamamoto's Teasing Master Takagi-san manga starting on January 7 at 10:30 p.m. IST.
  • The television anime of the Rust-Eater Bisco (Sabikui Bisco) light novel series by Shinji Cobkubo (Kobukubo) starting on January 10 at 9:00 p.m. IST.
  • The television anime of Toru Toba's The Genius Prince's Guide To Raising a Nation Out of Debt (Hey, How About Treason?) (Tensai Ōji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu ~Sō da, Baikoku Shiyō~) light novels starting on January 11 at 8:00 p.m. IST.
  • The television anime of Hirotsugu Ryusen's She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man (Kenja no Deshi o Nanoru Kenja) light novels starting on January 11 at 9:00 p.m. IST.

Alongside India, all of the anime will stream in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Pakistan. Teasing Master Takagi-san will stream in Indonesia and Thailand after a one month delay.

Police in a Pod will premiere on the AT-X channel on January 5 at 11:30 p.m., and it will also air on Tokyo MX, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, TV Aichi, and BS NTV.

The police comedy centers on female police officer Kawai, who had enough of a career she wasn't even that into. She was about to hand in her resignation, when the unthinkable happened — she met the new, female director of her station! And after spending a little time with this gorgeous role model, Kawai realizes that maybe she isn't quite done being an officer after all.

Yuzo Sato (The Gokusen, Kaiji) is directing the anime at Madhouse, and Ryunosuke Kingetsu (Ninja Nonsense, Samurai Girls) is in charge of the series scripts. Kei Tsuchiya (Laidbackers, Shōnen Hollywood - Holly Stage for 49) is designing the characters.

Singer Riko Azuna is contributing the opening theme song "Shiranakya" (I Gotta Know), and singer nonoc is contributing the ending theme song "Change."

Yasu launched the manga in Kodansha's Morning magazine in November 2017. The series has 2.3 million copies in circulation. Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga in English. The manga was nominated for the 66th Shogakukan Manga Awards in 2020 and the 45th Annual Kodansha Manga Awards in 2021. The manga was also #22 on Da Vinci magazine's 2021 manga ranking for "Book of the Year."

The manga already inspired a live-action television series that premiered on July 7 and ended in September.

Saiyuki Reload -ZEROIN- will premiere on January 6 on AT-X, Tokyo MX, and BS11.

Misato Takada (unit director for Phantom in the Twilight, Love and Lies) is directing the anime at Liden Films. Michiko Yokote (Shirobako, Prison School, Cowboy Bebop, Rurouni Kenshin) and Aya Matsui (Dragon Ball Z, Pokémon Journeys: The Series) are overseeing the series scripts, and Noriko Ogura is the character designer, prop designer, and chief animation director. Yūsuke Shirato (Lost Song, Rumble Garanndoll) is composing the music at Lantis. GRANRODEO is performing the opening theme song "Kamino Hotokemo" and Shugo Nakamura is performing the ending theme song "Ruten."

Saiyuki, the original 1997 "fantasy road movie" manga series loosely inspired by the Chinese novel Journey to the West (Saiyūki in Japanese), has spawned the Saiyuki Gaiden and Saiyuki Ibun manga spinoffs. The Saiyuki Reload Blast sequel manga launched in Ichijinsha's Comic Zero Sum in 2009, but Minekura slowed down her publication of the manga in 2013 due to her health. The manga franchise as a whole has 25 million copies in circulation worldwide. Tokyopop published the original manga, and Kodansha Comics re-released the manga.

The various manga series also inspired four television anime series, an anime film, three original video anime (OVA) series, and several stage musical productions.

The Saiyuki Reload Blast anime premiered in July 2017.

The third season of Teasing Master Takagi-san will premiere in Japan on January 7. The franchise is also getting a film that will open in Japan this year.

The third season will feature a returning staff, including director Hiroaki Akagi at Shin-Ei Animation. Aya Takano is returning as character designer, and scriptwriters Aki Itami, Kanichi Katou, and Hiroko Fukuda are also returning. Yuiko Ōhara will perform the opening theme song.

The first television anime based on the manga premiered within the "Anime no Me" programming block in January 2018, and it also adapted Yamamoto's Ashita wa Doyōbi manga as segments within the show.

Netflix is streaming the first season of the anime in India and describes the story:

Teased constantly by classmate Takagi-san, middle-schooler Nishikita swears payback by trying (and failing) to give her a dose of her own medicine.

The second television anime season premiered in July 2019.

Yen Press is releasing the manga in English.

Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san VR 1&2 Gakki (Teasing Master Takagi-san VR 1st and 2nd Semester), an expanded version of the virtual reality (VR) anime of the manga, launched for the Oculus Quest in December 2020.

Rust-Eater Bisco will premiere on Tokyo MX, BS11, Sun TV, and Abema on January 10.

The story is set in Japan after a "Rusting Wind" has coroded everything. People live in fear of the rust that corrodes cities and life in general. A boy named Bisco Akaboshi from the despised Mushroom Guardian tribe embarks on a journey to obtain the "Rust-Eating" mushroom — a miracle drug that purifies all rust — to save his dying teacher.

During his journey, Bisco encounters Miro Nekoyanagi, a good-looking young doctor at Imihama, and together they search for a countermeasure against the rust consuming Miro's beloved big sister.

Atsushi Ikariya is directing the anime at OZ with assistant director Daisuke Mataga. Sadayuki Murai is supervising and writing the series scripts. Ai Asari and Ikariya are designing the characters, and Asari and Norie Igawa are serving as chief animation directors. Yi Hui Zhang is also serving as animation director. Takeshi Ueda (AA=) and Hinako Tsubakiyama are composing the music.

Kadokawa's Dengeki Bunko imprint launched the novel series with illustrations by K Akagishi and world-building art by mocha in 2018. The light novel series was the first to top both the overall ranking and the new work ranking in the same year of the Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi book. Yūsuke Takahashi serialized a manga adaptation on Square Enix's Manga Up! website from 2019 to 2020.

The second part of the manga adaptation launched on the Square Enix's Manga Up! app on December 15. Sо̄ Natsuki replaced Yūsuke Takahashi as the artist starting with the second part.

The Genius Prince's Guide To Raising a Nation Out of Debt will premiere on Tokyo MX, BS NTV, and AT-X on January 11.

Yen Press is publishing the light novels in English, and it describes the story:

The prince of this small and weak kingdom strives for only one thing: selling out his country and living a quiet life in leisure! Sadly, the greatest obstacle he will ever face is his own genius…! As he achieves ever greater accomplishments, he earns more and more favor with the people of his kingdom…which makes fulfilling his own dreams all the harder!!!

Masato Tamagawa (Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō) is directing the anime at Yokohama Animation Lab with Xin Ya Cai as the assistant director. Deko Akao (Noragami, Snow White with the Red Hair, Higehiro) is in charge of the series scripts, and Ryūnosuke Ōji is designing the characters. Yoshihiro Tsukashita is the 3D director. Hirotsugu Kakoi is the art director, while Fusako Nakao is the color designer. Toshihiko Sahashi is composing the music.

Mai Hasegawa (editz) is in charge of editing. Natsumi Uchida is the compositing director of photography. Ryousuke Naya is the audio director at Studio Mausu. Yuuma Oogami is credited as the animation producer. The band The Sixth Lie and Nagi Yanagi are performing the anime's theme song "Level."

SB Creative published the first volume of the novel series in May 2018. Toba writes the novels and Falmaro provides the art. Emuda has been serializing a manga adaptation on Square Enix's Manga Up! website since October 2019.

She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man will premiere on Tokyo MX, MBS, and BS NTV on January 11, and will premiere on AT-X on January 15.

Nichika Omori will star in the show as the disciple Mira. Keitaro Motonaga (Jormungand both seasons, Date A Live first three seasons) is directing the anime at Studio A-CAT. Takamitsu Kouno (Utawarerumono: The False Faces, Absolute Duo) is overseeing the series scripts, Kumi Horii (LBX Girls, Infinite Stratos 2) is designing the characters, Go Sakabe (Date A Live franchise, Digimon Adventure tri. film series) is composing the music, and Yasunori Ebina is the sound director.

Scott MacDonald is the art director, while Tsukasa Ohira is credited for art setting. Miyu Yamamoto is the color key artist. Tsubasa Yokoyama is the compositing director of photography, while Yoshiaki Kimura is editing. Yuichi Goto is the 3D director.

Asaka performs the anime's opening theme song "Ready Set Go!!." Erabareshi performs the anime's ending theme song "Ambitious."

Seven Seas licensed both the light novel series and the manga, and it describes the story:

Sakamori Kagami was one of the top players in the VRMMO Ark Earth Online as Danblf, a veteran summoner with the gravitas to match his elite status. When he falls asleep playing one day, he's transported to a world where the game is reality—but instead of his all-powerful avatar, he's stuck in the body of a cute young girl! He can't let anyone know that this little cutie is really Danblf, so he takes the name “Mira” and claims to be Danblf's disciple. If this gets out, he'll never live it down!

Ryusen began serializing the story on the "Shōsetsuka ni Narō" (Let's Become Novelists) website in April 2012, where it is still ongoing. Micro Magazine is publishing the story in print with illustrations by Fuzichoco (The 8th son? Are you kidding me?, R.O.D. Rehabilitation art), beginning with the first print volume in June 2014.

Dicca Suemitsu launched a manga adaptation of the novels on Micro Magazine's Comic Ride manga website in July 2016.

Source: Muse Asia's Facebook page

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