The smoke has barely cleared on today’s Crunchyroll panel at Anime Expo 2013 where seven new anime series have just been announced for the summer streaming lineup.
They are SILVER SPOON; The World God Only Knows: Goddesses; WATAMOTE ~No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys Fault I’m Not Popular!~; Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist, THE ECCENTRIC FAMILY; YAMISHIBAI: JAPANESE GHOST STORIES, SUNDAY WITHOUT GOD.
Full details on start dates, regions, story and background info on each are below...
SILVER SPOON, is set to broadcast on Thursday July 11 at 11:45 am Pacific Time. Premium users will be able to view SILVER SPOON immediately upon broadcast, with free users able to view one week after initial Crunchyroll broadcast. More information can be found on www.crunchyroll.com/silver
Hokkaido native and author of Fullmetal Alchemist and Hero Tales – Hiromu Arakawa – will have her SILVER SPOON story brought to life by Marie Miyake (Penguindrum, Hiiro no Kakera) and Ryohei Kimura (Eden of the East, Star Driver, Haganai), who will be portraying our protagonists: Aki Mikage and Yugo Hachiken.
“The only reason why Yugo Hachiken decides to attend the Oezo Agricultural High School (a.k.a Ezono) was simply because the school had a dormitory. At first, entering Ezono was a way for Yugo to run away from the fact that he failed to endure the stifling academic pressures at his preparatory school back in Sapporo. But, it doesn’t take long for Yugo to realize that life is just not that simple, and he is forced to face more hurdles in his new environment surrounded by all the farm animals and the magnificent Mother Nature. For Yugo, who was raised in a home environment far from farm life, the training and the club activities at Ezono are all too unfamiliar for him making every day a struggle.
Yugo also begins feeling a different kind of pressure from when he attended the preparatory school as he deals with many of his classmates who, compared to him, all have a much clearer view of what they want for their futures. But, as Yugo faces one challenge after another at Ezono and strengthens his bonds with his classmates, he begins to grow stronger both physically and mentally… This is a coming-of-age story filled with sweat, tears, and literally a lot of dirt.”
SILVER SPOON will be available to audiences in the following territories: US, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Central and South America.
The World God Only Knows: Goddesses is set to broadcast every Monday starting on July 8, at 11:00a.m. Pacific Time for premium members, with free members able to watch one week later. More information can be found on www.crunchyroll.com/kaminomi.
The third season of the popular anime series The World God Only Knows, The World God Only Knows: Goddesses follows the protagonist, dating-sim champion Keima Katsuragi and his demon companion Elsie de Lute Ima once again as he attempts to win the hearts of various girls, this time in order to awaken the six goddesses residing within them. Only this time, the girls are those Keima has already helped, so he must conquer their hearts a second time, as their memories of falling in love with him the first time around have been erased.
Hiro Shimono, who’s also played various roles including Daichi Muroto in Kotoura-san and Alba in Senyu, returns to reprise his role as Keima, while Kanae Ito, Amu Hinamori from Shugo Chara! and Sena Kashiwazaki from Haganai, returns as well for Elsie. Director Satoshi Osedo, who also previously directed the The World God Only Knows OVA(2012), will be helming the series with series composition by Hideyuki Kurata and music by Hayato Matsuo, both of whom also worked on the previous seasons.
The World God Only Knows: Goddesses will be available to Crunchyroll’s audience worldwide excluding Asia, Belgium, France, and Switzerland.
WATAMOTE ~No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys Fault I’m Not Popular!~ is set to broadcast every Tuesday starting on July 9, at 12:05a.m. Pacific Time for premium members, with free members able to watch one week later. More information can be found on www.crunchyroll.com/watamote.
Originally based on a manga by Nico Tanigawa, WATAMOTE ~No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys Fault I’m Not Popular!~ centers around an otome-game loving teenage girl, Tomoko Kuroki, who thought that she would somehow become popular once she reached high school. Unfortunately, two months have passed and she has barely spoken to any of her classmates, let alone found a boyfriend! Unfortunately, Tomoko is extremely shy and doesn't have many standout qualities at all; how will she achieve her goal of becoming popular in high school?
WATAMOTE ~No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys Fault I’m Not Popular!~ is being directed by Shin Oonuma, whose other works include Baka and Test – Summon the Beasts, and Ef: A Tale of Memories, with series composition by Takao Yoshioka who also worked on High School DxD, and character designs by Hideki Furukawa, who worked on Date A Live as well. Tomoko will be voiced by Izumi Kitta, also known as Misaki Tokura from Cardfight!! Vanguard, with her brother Tomoki Kuroki being voiced by actor Yuichi Nakamura, who also voiced Gou Minamoto from Bihada Ichizoku, and Tomoko’s best friend Yuu Naruse is being played by Kana Hanazawa, also known for voicing Aika Fuwa from Blast of Tempest.
WATAMOTE ~No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys Fault I’m Not Popular!~ will be available to Crunchyroll’s audience in the following territories: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist is set to broadcast every Sunday starting on July 7th, at 10:05 am Pacific Time for premium members. Free members are able to view one week after initial broadcast on Crunchyroll. More information can be found on www.crunchyroll.com/makaiouji.
Based on the manga written by Madoka Takadono and illustrated by Utako Yukihiro, Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist follows the story of William Twining, a brilliant student and son of a prestigious noble family. However, due to his uncle’s business mistake, his family suddenly loses their entire fortune, and he returns home in an effort to search for anything that might worth some money. He comes across a strange magic square in the basement of the home and inadvertently summons the demon Dantalion, who declares that William is the Elector: one with the power to choose the demon that will rule over Hell while the current demon Emperor is in a deep sleep that lasts for several hundred years. With Dantalion pressuring William into choosing him, who will become the proxy ruler of Hell in this exciting new fantasy series?!
Production for Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist is being handled by Doga Kobo, whose other works include YuruYuri♩♩ and GJ Club, and has director Chiaki Kon helming the series. Voice talents feature Takuya Eguchi, who also played Kazuya Kujo in Gosick and Hachiman Hikigaya in this season’s My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, as main character William, and Takuma Terashima, Kenji Yamaguchi from My Little Monster and Otoya Ittoki from the Uta no Prince Sama series, opposite him as the demon Dantalion.
Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist will be available to Crunchyroll’s audience worldwide except for Asia for Premium Members, and available to Free members in the following territories: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, The Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.
THE ECCENTRIC FAMILY (AKA "Uchoten-kazoku") is set to simulcast every Sunday starting on July 7 at 8:00 am PDT for premium members. Free users will be able to view this series one (1) week after initial broadcast on Crunchyroll. More information can be found on www.crunchyroll.com/uchouten.
THE ECCENTRIC FAMILY’s four brothers – Yasaburo, Yaichiro, Yajiro and Yashiro– will be brought to life by the extremely talented Takahiro Sakurai (Bakemonogatari, Magi), Junichi Suwabe (Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist) Hiroyuki Yoshino (Blood+, Sket Dance), and Mai Nakahara (Total Eclipse, Chrome Shelled Regios).
“In Kyoto, humans, tanuki, and tengu live side-by-side.
The Shimogamo family lives in Shimogamo Jinja’s Tadasu no Mori. The father, Soichiro, used to be the head of tanuki society, but without warning one day he was made into tanuki stew, and no one knows how it happened. He left four sons behind: Yasaburo, the third son who inherited a rich strain of his great father’s “idiot blood”; Yaichiro, the diligent eldest son who has a tough time pulling through in a pinch; Yajiro, the second eldest who secludes himself in a well as a frog; and Yashiro, the timid youngest brother who shows his tail at the drop of a hat.
They all live happily with their mother, a serious Takarazuka fan, with the motto that, “What is fun, is good.” After taking care of Professor Akadama, a retired Great Tengu, being manipulated by the beautiful Benten, a human girl with divine powers, and fighting air-battles against their rivals, the Ebisugawa family, in the night sky over the Daimonji Gozan Fire Festival, the Shimogamo family suddenly finds itself in a desperate fix.
Will the truth behind how their father got stewed be revealed?! What does fate have in store for this strongly bonded family?!”
THE ECCENTRIC FAMILY will be available to audiences in the following territories: U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Mexico and South America.
YAMISHIBAI: JAPANESE GHOST STORIES will simulcast every Sunday starting on July 14 at 10:45 am PDT for premium members. Free users will be able to view this series one (1) week after initial broadcast on Crunchyroll. More information can be found on www.crunchyroll.com/yamishibai.
Akin to TV Tokyo’s Folktales from Japan, YAMISHIBAI: JAPANESE GHOST STORIES takes a narrative format to explore the rich occult history from Japan, moreover, the storytelling techniques in this brand new series will mimic kamishibai – a traditional storytelling technique inspired by the artistic usage of paper figures and scrolls.
“Yamishibai is a picture-story style of animation whose motif is surrounded and based off the rumors, and urban legends throughout the history of Japan.”
YAMISHIBAI: JAPANESE GHOST STORIES will be available to audiences in the following territories: US, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark, Finland, Iceland,Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Cyprus, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, and Central and South America.
SUNDAY WITHOUT GOD will be available every Tuesday starting on July 9 at 12:00 pm PDT for its members. More information can be found on www.crunchyroll.com/sunday.
Kimihito Irie’s SUNDAY WITHOUT GOD initially started off as a light novel back in January 2010, and after receiving almost immediate success moved on to a full manga version during November that same year under Monthly Dragon Age. Now it is set to make its anime debut only three years later and is to be voiced by Aki Toyosaki (K-ON, To Love-Ru, Minami-ke series) and Daisuke Namikawa (Hunter x Hunter, Blue Dragon, Level E).
“God abandoned the world on Sunday. As a result, nobody in the world can die or have kids. A little girl – Ai – is the grave keeper for the village and is tasked with helping the would-be dead try and find peace. However, one day a boy who identifies himself as Hampnie Hambart – the Man-eating Toy – appears in the village killing everybody and disturbing the balance of things. Upon their first encounter both Ai and Hampnie come to realize shocking truth...”
SUNDAY WITHOUT GOD will be available to audiences in the following territories: US, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Turkey, and Central and South America.