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Funimation Adds Arslan: Dust Storm Dance, 3 More To Simulcast Lineup


Funimation’s summer of simulcasts hasn’t let up yet!

Earlier today, Funimation updated their summer simulcast listing, adding four new titles to the lineup. The company will stream the following:

  • Cheer Boys!! (Cheer Danshi!!)
  • The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. (Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan)
  • Puzzle & Dragons X
  • The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance

All simulcasts, outside of The Heroic Legend of Arslan, will be available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Ireland. The Heroic Legend of Arslan will be available in the United States and Canada.

Cheer Boys Visual 001 - 20160629

Cheer Boys! adapts Ryō Asai’s novel of the same name. The series is being directed by Ai Yoshimura (Blue Spring Ride, Dance With Devils) at Brain’s Base, with Hitomi Tsuruta (The Comic Artist and His Assistants, World Trigger) providing character designs. Reiko Yoshida (Bakuman, Girls und Panzer) is in charge of series composition.

Funimation describes Cheer Boys as:

Haruki Bandou was born into a family of Judo marital artists and expected to continue the family legacy. But he’s about to trade Judo for…cheerleading?! When his childhood friend Kazuma Hashimoto invites him to join the BREAKERS, a male cheerleading club, Haru finds himself amongst a quirky group of boys. Can this squad of slightly odd and cute members make a breakthrough in college athletics?

Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan Visual 001 - 20160530

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. is a short-form series, based on Shūichi Asō’s manga of the same name. Hiroaki Sakurai (Cromartie High School, Maid Sama!) is helming the series at studios Egg Firm and J.C. Staff, with Masayuki Onji (Aria the Avvenire, Cromartie High School) providing character designs. Michiko Yokote (Genshiken, Prison School) is in charge of series composition.

Funimation describes the show as:

Kusuo Saiki is a typical 16-year-old high school student… except he has psychic powers. He can use them to get whatever he wants, but he also knows everything that people are thinking. Everything. No surprises, no secrets, no normal human experiences. He’s kept his powers in check since childhood, but with the temptations of high school now on his mind, he’s bending the rules—and spoons.

Puzzle and Dragons X Visual 001 - 20160629

Puzzle & Dragons X is based on GungHo’s Puzzle & Dragons mobile game franchise. Studio Pierrot is animating the series, which hits Japanese TV on July 4.

Funimation describes Puzzle & Dragons X as:

From the studio Pierrot, that brought you Kingdom and Tokyo Ghoul comes a series based off of the hit game Puzzle & Dragons. Dorogoza Island is rich in “Drop Energy” that players can use on friendly monsters. Once strong enough, they can face enemies in puzzle wars. Winners reap rewards, but what happens to the losers? Only the brave can take on these monstrous challenges!

Heroic Legend of Arslan Season 2 Visual 002 - 20160605

The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance is the sequel to last year’s The Heroic Legend of Arslan. The series is being directed by Noriyuki Abe (Black Butler: Book of Circus) at studios Liden Films and Sanzigen. Character designs are being provided by Kazuo Watanabe and Ushio Tazawa, while Makoto Uezu is in charge of series composition.

Funimation describes the series as:

From the creator of Fullmetal Alchemist comes the conclusion of an epic adventure. The Lusitania forces continue to hold rule over the Kingdom of Pars despite Arslan’s fierce battle against Lord Silver Mask. Arslan continues to fight for his rightful throne, but there are still many conflicts left to resolve. But the biggest mystery—who are his parents? And is that an answer he’s prepared to face?

Source: Funimation Blog

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