Crunchyroll, Funimation to stream Date A Live III, ENDRO!, The Quintessential Quintuplets and more!!

Though they have ended their union, Funimation and Crunchyroll will continue to bring more anime to fans outside of Japan. Both companies announced that they will stream Date A Live III, ENDRO, and The Quintessential Quintuplets this winter. Funimation will simuldub the anime along with the second part of the Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202. Crunchyroll will air the shows as they premiere in Japan along with B-PROJECT: Zecchi Emotion.

Date A Live III is the third season of the anime adaption of the light novel written by Koushi Tachibana. Crunchyroll will begin airing the new season January 11. They have yet to confirm the territories. Funimation will stream a simuldub beginning January 25 in the United States, Canada and united Kingdom. The series will have 12 episodes.

Crunchyroll describes the series as:
Ordinary high school boy Shido discovers a mysterious girl at ground zero of a recent spacequake. Shido learns, through his sister Kotori, that the girl is one of the Spirits: mystical creatures responsible for the spacequakes. Shido is recruited to help “seal” the sprits and end their threat to mankind. There’s just one catch: the only way to seal a spirit—is to make her fall in love with you.

The Quintessential Quintuplets is the anime adaption of the romantic comedy light novel written and illustrated by Negi Haruba that has been serialized weekly in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine since August 2017, with five tankōbon volumes of the manga have been released so far. Crunchyroll will premiere the anime on January 10 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Funimation will simuldub the series beginning January 30 in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Kondansha Comics is publishing the manga and describes the story:
Japanese high school student Uesugi Fuutarou has achieved excellent grades but leads a difficult life otherwise: no mother, no friends, and a father struggling with large debts while Fuutarou and his younger sister Raiha often go hungry. An opportunity presents itself when the rich Nakano family arrives in his school and Fuutarou is hired as a highly-paid tutor, but he discovers his five charges — charming identical quintuplet sisters of varied personalities — have in common zero interest in study and abysmal grades. Some of the quintuplets are against having an unknown male in their apartment, but Fuutarou’s diligent tenacity gradually convinces those girls to reduce their attempts to have him poisoned or arrested, and to advance in their studies. Everyday is a party! The curtain rises on the Nakano quintuplets’ quirky romantic comedy with five times the cute!!

The series is directed by Satoshi Kuwabara and written by Keiichirō Ōchi, featuring animation by Tezuka Productions, character designs by Michinosuke Nakamura and Gagakuga, and music by Natsumi Tabuchi, Hanae Nakamura, and Miki Sakurai. Kana Hanazawa, Ayana Taketatsu, Miku Itō, Ayane Sakura, and Inori Minase will perform the opening theme song “Quintuplet Feelings” (五等分の気持ち Gotōbun no Kimochi) as the group The Nakano Family’s Quintuplets.

Endro is an original anime television series by Studio Gokumi. The series is directed by Kaori and written by Takashi Aoshima, with animation by Studio Gokumi and character designs are provided by Namori. Haruko Iizuka is adapting the designs for animation. EGG FIRM is producing the anime. Hikaru Akao, Shiina Natsukawa, Ari Ozawa, and Inori Minase will perform the series’ opening theme song, “Endoro~ru!” as their respective characters Yūsha, Seyla, Fai and Mei.

Crunchyroll will debut Endro~! on January 12 at 1:30 p.m. EST in North America, Latin America, UK, Ireland, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The simuldub will air on Funimation January 30 in North America, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Crunchyroll describes the anime as:
In the land of Naral Island, a land of magic and swords, humans and monsters live together. Once upon a time, there used to be a terrifying Demon Lord, but long, long ago the first Hero defeated the Demon Lord that appeared on Naral Island. The Demon Lord would revive again and again throughout the ages, but every time a Hero would appear to defeat it… Now these young girls attend an Adventurer’s Academy to prepare them to defeat the Demon Lord that will one day rise again. This is the beginning of a laid-back fantasy life with no sign of the Demon Lord for these four who hope to become a party of heroes.

Funimation will stream the simuldub of the second part of the Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202 anime sequel starting February 2. The first part which consisted of 13 episodes aired beginning May 9, 2018. It is the sequel to Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199 which aired from April 2012 to August 2013 and consisted of 7 films. It was originally based on the Space Battleship Yamato television series created by Yoshinobu Nishizaki and Leiji Matsumoto in 1974. It is directed by Nobuyoshi Habara (Fafner in the Azure) and written by Harutoshi Fukui (Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn) with official character designs by Nobuteru Yuki.

In 2202, three years after the Gamillas invasion of the Solar system, the people in the Solar System is finally at peace. The Earth’s biosphere has been restored with the Cosmo Reverse System brought by the Yamato at the end of Space Battleship Yamato 2199. With the end of the war, there is a peace treaty between Earth and Gamillas which will strengthen their military bond and secure true peace. In addition to the reconstruction of Earth, the joint forces form a new intergalactic defense fleet with a new ship, Andromeda, to be its new symbol of power. Earth is set on a path of military expansion despite Starsha Iscandar’s wishes of peace, and developing new forms of wave motion gun despite the agreement between Starsha and the crew of the Yamato.

When a new threat called Gatlantis, also known as the White Comet Empire, starts to wreak havoc on a newly reformed galaxy, the goddess Teressa calls upon the Yamato once more in order to fight back against the new threat.

B-PROJECT: Zeccho Emotion will premiere January 11 on Crunchyroll at 12:30 p.m. EST in North America. It is the second season to B-PROJECT: Kodō*Ambitious that centers on a male idol group that aired July 2016 and was streamed on Crunchyroll. The series is based on B-PROJECT, the Japanese cross-media project by MAGES. about a group of virtual idols that began in 2015.

Crunchyroll describes the series:
Our protagonist, Sumisora Tsubasa, just got a job as a new A&R person at Gandala Music, one of the biggest record companies in the business. Almost like it was a trap, as soon as she started with the company, she was put in charge of the idol unit, “B-PROJECT.” Being in charge of B-PROJECT meant that she was in charge of the three groups, “Kitakore,” “THRIVE,” and “MooNs.” Because this is her first job, things don’t go that well and she’s faced with various trouble and accidents. Be ambitious along with the ten BOYS who are all very different!

Makoto Moriwaki replaces Eiji Suganuma as director, and Ryosuke Nakanashi is replacing Masato Nakayama as music composer. Nozomu Ōshima and MAGES. will be in charge of series composition, and Yumiko Hara will handle character designs. Returning staff members include Takanori Nishikawa as producer, and Chiyomaru Shikura, who is credited for planning and original work. The anime cast will also reprise their roles. Bandai Namco Picture will produce the series.

Sources: Funimation, Funimation Twitter account (Link 1, Link 2, Link 3), Crunchyroll

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