Crunchyroll Sets Premiere Times for "Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online" and "PERSONA5 the Animation"
Both series premiere back to back on Saturday April 7th
Crunchyroll will be streaming Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online and PERSONA5 the Animation on Saturday April 7. Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online will premiere at 9:30AM PDT while PERSONA5 the Animation will premiere 30 minutes later at 10AM PDT.
Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online will be available in North America, Central America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Ireland
The latest expansion is based on the original work by renowned writer Keiichi Sigsawa, creator of the popular Kino’s Journeynovels, with illustrations and character design concept by Kouhaku Kuroboshi, who also provided the original character design for World Conquest Zvezda Plot. Known as an avid gun and military fanatic, Mr. Sigsawa is also credited for serving as the gun consultant for Phantom Bullet of Sword Art Online II. The series will be produced by Studio 3Hz (Flip Flappers, Princess Principal) with Yoshio Kozakai (Kizumonogatari Part 3: Reiketsu, Tsukimonogatari) serving as Character Design and Chief Animation Director, and Masayuki Sakoi (Strawberry Panic!, Princess Principal) as Director for the series.
The new series centers on main character LLENN, voiced by Tomori Kusunoki (Slow Start, Marchen Madchen), and features the same world as the “VRMMO Gun Gale Online” where Kirito and Sinon met in Sword Art Online II. The cast also includes Yoko Hikasa (The irregular at magic high school THE MOVIE –The Girl Who Summons the Stars-, WAGNARIA!!) as Pitohui, Kazuyuki Okitsu (Nanana’s Buried Treasure, Charlotte), as M, and Chinatsu Akasaki (Fate/Apocrypha, ERASED) as Fukaziroh.
PERSONA 5 the Animation will be available in North America, Central America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Ireland
The series is an anime adaptation of best-selling JRPG, Persona 5, by game developer, ATLUS, first released in Japan in 2016 and subsequently worldwide in 2017. Set in modern Tokyo, PERSONA5 the Animation chronicles the adventures of an eclectic group of teenagers who call themselves the “Phantom Thieves of Hearts.” Together with their metaphysical manifestations known as their Personas, the group seeks to solve crimes by reforming the source of corruption within people’s hearts. The popularity of the series showed no sign of waning with a subtitled trailer posted on the Aniplex of America YouTube page quickly gaining over a quarter million views in less than 3 weeks.
Key creators of the original game reunite for the highly anticipated series, including sound composer Shoji Meguro providing the stylized and jazz-themed soundtrack, Katsura Hashino credited for the Original Concept, and ATLUS’s own Shigenori Soejima providing the series’ Original Character Design. Critically acclaimed animation studio A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online, Blue Exorcist) will produce the series with Director Masashi Ishihama (ERASED, Your lie in April) bringing the game to the TV screen. The series also features an all-star voice cast who also voiced the game, including super star voice actor Jun Fukuyama (DURARARA!!, Blue Exorcist, WAGNARIA!!) as protagonist Ren Amamiya, Mamoru Miyano (Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, DURARARA!!) as Ryuji Sakamoto, Nana Mizuki (Blast of Tempest, VALVRAVE the Liberator, WWW.WAGNARIA!!) as Ann Takamaki, Tomokazu Sugita (The irregular at magic high school, The Asterisk War, March comes in like a lion) as Yusuke Kitagawa, and Ikue Otani, the legendary voice of Pikachu, as Morgana.