Crunchyroll’s taking the full Akiba experience, from the maids, to the cosplay and beyond.
Earlier today, Crunchyroll announced that they’ve added five titles to their Winter 2017 simulcast lineup. The company will stream the following:
- Saga of Tanya the Evil (Youjo Senki; 1/6/2017 at 7:30AM Pacific / 10:30AM Eastern)
- Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (1/11/2017 at 8:30AM Pacific / 11:30AM Eastern)
- Hand Shakers (1/10/2017 at 10:00AM Pacific / 1:00PM Eastern)
- Masamune-kun’s Revenge (1/5/2017 at 8:00AM Pacific / 11:00AM Eastern )
- Akiba’s Trip The Animation (TBD)
All titles, aside from Akiba’s Trip will be available to subscribers in all regions outside of Asia. Akiba’s Trip’s available locations will be revealed at a later date. Funimation previously announced that they will stream the shows with SimulDubs.
Saga of Tanya the Evil is based on Carlo Zen’s light novel series of the same name. Yutaka Uemura (Punch Line, The Mystic Archives of Dantalian) will direct the project at Studio NuT, with Yuji Hosogoe providing character designs. Kenta Ihara is in charge of series composition.
Crunchyroll describes Saga of Tanya the Evil as:
It is June of the year CE 1923. A young girl with blond hair and blue eyes, Tanya Degurechaff, has entered the final curriculum of the Imperial Military Academy and is training at the third patrol line in the northern military district, the Norden Theater, as part of her service to the force. Her training, the first step toward a brilliant career as an aviation mage, should have gone off without a hitch… but things took an unexpected turn. War broke out between the Empire and the neighboring Federation committed a border transgression in entering the Empire. During the transition into wartime, she was assigned to observation duty, but a surprise attack by the Federation forces Tanya to engage in battle with the Federation’s mage troops. She’s greatly outnumbered with no chance of waiting for allies to arrive, but if she tries to flee, she’ll be charged with the capital crime of deserting under enemy fire. In order to survive and convince the top brass that she did the best she possibly could, Tanya enacts a certain strategy…
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is based on Coolkyoushinja’s (I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying) manga of the same name. Yasuhiro Takemoto (Lucky Star, Amagi Brilliant Park) will direct the series, which will feature character designs by Miku Kadowaki (Beyond the Boundary, Amagi Brilliant Park). Yuka Yamada (Yuka Yamada, Umi Monogatari) is in charge of series composition.
Crunchyroll describes the show as:
Miss Kobayashi is your average office worker who lives a boring life, alone in her small apartment–until she saves the life of a female dragon in distress. The dragon, named Tohru, has the ability to magically transform into an adorable human girl (albeit with horns and a long tail!), who will do anything to pay off her debt of gratitude, whether Miss Kobayashi likes it or not. With a very persistent and amorous dragon as a roommate, nothing comes easy, and Miss Kobayashi’s normal life is about to go off the deep end!
Hand Shakers is an original series by studio GoHands. The studio is taking charge of original planning, while Goon Trax composes the show’s music. GoHands, Frontier Works, and Kadokawa are all credited with the original concept.
Hiromitsu Kanazawa (Hiromitsu Kanazawa, Princess Lover!) and Shingo Suzuki (Coppelion, K) will direct the series, which features character designs by Takayuki Uchida (Asa made Jugyō Chu!). Hiromitsu Kanazawa is in charge of series composition.
Crunchyroll describes Hand Shakers as:
Tazuna is a high school student, living in Osaka, who loves to fiddle around with machines. One day, he receives a repair request from an university laboratory. He accepts the request and ends up meeting a girl named Koyori, who has been bedridden for a very long time. Guided by something unknown, Tazuna touches Koyori’s fingertip, and they create a weapon called “Nimrod”. After creating the Nimrod, Tazuna hears a voice:
“Those of you who’ve overcome many battles and difficulties, who’ve had a revelation, and who intend to challenge Me are “Hand Shakers.””
Suddenly, Tazuna and Koyori get pulled into a whole different world called “Ziggurat”. In this world, there are Hand Shakers, two people who touch hands and create the Nimrod. Their goal is to defeat other Hand Shakers in order to gain an audience with “God”, who will grant them wishes. Bewildered by this new world before him, Tazuna tries to comprehend what’s happening. At that moment, Tazuna and Koyori are attacked by an unknown assailant.
Protect with your own Hands!
Masamune-kun’s revenge is based on Hazuki Takeoka and illustrator Tiv’s manga of the same name. Mirai Minato (Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya) will direct the series at Silver Link, with Yuki Sawairi providing character designs. Michiko Yokote (Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!, Genshiken) is in charge of series composition.
Crunchyroll describes the series as:
Eight years ago, Makabe Masamune, a weak and chubby boy, was harshly rejected by the beautiful Adagaki Aki. Now, he’s lost a ton of weight, changed his name, and returned as a handsome teenage boy… all to make the “Brutal Princess” Aki fall in love with him so that he can reject her just as harshly as she did.
Akiba’s Trip is based on Acquire’s video game series of the same name. Hiroshi Ikehata (Seiyu’s Life!, Robot Girls Z) was tapped to direct the show at Gonzo, while Hajime Mitsuda (Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Steins;Gate) provides character designs. Kazuho Hyodo (ReLIFE, Mobile Suit Gundam AGE) is in charge of series composition.
Crunchyroll describes the title as:
After being attacked by an unknown evil, Tamotsu Denkigai is stuck in Akihabara fighting to keep the streets safe.