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Fantasy Anime Epic 'Ranking of Kings' Anointed To Stream Exclusively On Funimation Worldwide Beginning October 15, 2021

Kind, Deaf Prince Must Prove His Worth in a Ruthless System Hinged on Power, Heroism Alongside His Shadowy Friend

Culver City, California (September 7, 2021) – All hail the would-be king! Funimation, the market leader in anime serving audiences worldwide, has announced that it will be the exclusive global streaming home of the new fantasy groundbreaking epic, Ranking of Kings, from Aniplex. The series, featuring the inspirational tale of deaf young prince Bojji and his mysterious outcast friend Kage, will debut on Funimation with English subtitles on Friday, October 15, 2021. Funimation will also stream subtitled and dubbed episodes in all Funimation territories, including the United States and Canada; the United Kingdom and Ireland; Australia and New Zealand; Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru; and all of Wakanim's territories throughout Europe.

In Ranking of Kings, the unlikely duo of friends go on an epic and amazing journey filled with adventure, self-discovery and perseverance as they overcome the adversities of the world and their own personal circumstances.

Ranking of Kings is based on Tōka Sōsuke's beloved high-fantasy manga, which debuted in 2017. How prosperous your nation is, how many powerful warriors it boasts, and how heroic and strong its king is. These are the criteria that factor into the system known as the Ranking of Kings. Bojji, was born the first prince of the kingdom ruled by King Bosse, who is ranked number seven in the Ranking of Kings. But Bojji was born unable to hear and is so powerless that he can't even swing a sword. In consequence, not only his own retainers, but also the public, look down upon him as completely unfit to be king. It is then that Bojji finds his first friend, Kage. His fateful encounter with Kage ignites a tiny spark of courage, and their lives both take a dramatic turn.

The heart-wrenching, yet heartwarming tale features animation production by Wit Studio (Attack on Titan; Vinland Saga; Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song-), with direction by Yōsuke Hatta (One-Punch Man; Death Parade) and character design by Atsuko Nozaki (Lupin the 3rd; Samurai Champloo; Attack on Titan). The music is composed by MAYUKO (Cells at Work!). The opening theme, "BOY," is performed by King Gnu.

About Aniplex
A leading provider of anime content and music production and distribution in Japan, Aniplex's ever-growing lineup of shows includes: Sword Art Online, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fate/Zero, Kill la Kill, Gurren Lagann, Monogatari series, anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day-, Cells at Work!, The Promised Neverland, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Horimiya, WONDER EGG PRIORITY, The Millionaire Detective – Balance: UNLIMITED, and many more.

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