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Crunchyroll To Simulcast “Haifuri” Anime

ⒸAIS /Maritime Safety Support Department
ⒸAIS /Maritime Safety Support Department

A new series is sailing into Crunchyroll’s port this weekend!

Earlier today, Crunchyroll announced that they will stream Haifuri as part of their spring simulcast lineup. The series will kick off on April 9, at 9:30AM Pacific (12:30PM Eastern) for subscribers in the following regions:

  • North America
  • Central America
  • South America
  • UK
  • Ireland
  • Australia
  • New Zealand

Haifuri is an original title from Production IMS. Yuu Nobuta (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2) is directing the project, with Naoto Nakamura (A Certain Scientific Railgun, Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Rebellion) filling the dual role of character designer and chief animation director. Hitomi Ikeda (Gurren Lagann) is in charge of color designs, while studio Headworks (K-On!, Love Live! The School Idol Movie) provides the show’s backgrounds. Reiko Yoshida (Bakuman,D.Gray-man) is in charge of series composition.

Hai-Furi Visual 002 - 20160227Crunchyroll describes the series as:

Living by the sea, protecting the sea, and journeying across the sea…They’re the BLUE MERMAIDS! Because of a shift in tectonic plates around 100 years ago, Japan lost much of its area to submergence. To preserve Japan’s territories, Coastal Cities sprung up, one after the other. Eventually, they became Marine Cities, and along with the expansion of sea-lanes to connect them, the need arose for a sizable staff to protect the seas. At the same time, maritime jobs were becoming more popular among women. Hence, the BLUE MERMAIDS, tasked with keeping the seas safe, had become every female student’s dream job. This is when childhood friends Akeno Misaki and Moeka China enroll in a marine high school in Yokosuka, along with other girls who share their goal of “BECOMING A BLUE MERMAID.”

Last month, Aniplex of America announced that they licensed the series.

A 60-second promotional video hit the web in February, which you can check out below:

Source: Crunchyroll

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