With the summer season in full swing, it’s time for dub fans to get their simulcast action going.
Earlier today, Funimation unveiled the première dates for thirteen titles in their initial Summer 2017 SimulDub lineup. The company presented the following debuts:
- 18if (Fridays at 10:00AM Eastern / 7:00AM Pacific)
- A Centaur’s Life (7/31/2017 at 4:00PM Eastern / 1:00PM Pacific)
- Classroom of the Elite (7/29/2017 at 4:00PM Eastern / 1:00PM Pacific)
- Dragon Ball Super (Ongoing, Saturdays at 9:30PM Eastern / 6:30PM Pacific)
- Hina Logic – from Luck & Logic (7/31/2017 at 4:00PM Eastern / 1:00PM Pacific)
- Knight’s & Magic (7/30/2017 at 4:00PM Eastern / 1:00PM Pacific)
- Lupin the 3rd Part4 (Ongoing, Sundays at 4:00PM Eastern / 1:00PM Pacific)
- One Piece (Ongoing, Saturdays at 10:00PM Eastern / 7:00PM Pacific)
- Restaurant to Another World (7/19/2017 at 4:00PM Eastern / 1:00PM Pacific)
- Saiyuki Reload Blast (7/24/2017 at 4:00PM Eastern / 1:00PM Pacific)
- Sakura Quest (Ongoing, Tuesdays at 4:00PM Eastern / 1:00PM Pacific)
- Monster Hunter Stories Ride On (Ongoing, Sundays at 4:00PM Eastern / 1:00PM Pacific)
- My Hero Academia Season 2 (Ongoing, Saturdays at 5:30AM Eastern / 2:30AM Pacific)
As of press time, five titles still lack concrete launch dates:
- Convenience Store Boy Friends
- My First Girlfriend is a Gal
- New Game!!
- Tsuredure Children
18if is based on Mobage’s smartphone game 18: Dream World (18: Kimi to Tsunagaru Puzzle). Director Koji Morimoto (Extra, Beyond) will serve as chief supervisor for 18f at Gonzo. Each episode will have a different director. Tadashi Oppata (Memories Off 2nd, Memories Off 3.5) is providing character designs, while Atsuhiro Tomioka (Inazuma Eleven, Pumpkin Scissors) takes charge of series composition.
Funimation holds the domestic rights to the series.
A Centaur’s Life
A Centaur’s Life is based on Kei Murayama’s manga of the same name. Naoyuki Konno (009-1) will direct the project at Animation Company Emon, with Sakae Shibuya providing character designs. Touko Machida (Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor, Chaika – The Coffin Princess) is in charge of series composition.
Crunchyroll describes the show as:
Kimihara Himeno, also known as “Hime,” goes about her life, love, and studies just like any ordinary high school girl. The only difference is that she’s a centaur. She enjoys her school life along with classmates of many unique shapes, including Nozomi the draconid, Kyouko the goatfolk, an angelfolk class representative, and Sassas-chan the Antarctican. Hime’s younger cousin Shino-chan, her friend Maki-chan, and the class representative’s four younger sisters also join the cast in this very cute slice-of-life story about girls who are human, yet aren’t!
Classroom of the Elite
Classroom of the Elite is based on the ongoing light novel series of the same name by Syohgo Kinugasa and illustrator Shunsaku Tomose. Seiji Kishi (Assassination Classroom, Yuki Yuna is a Hero) is directing the project at Lerche, with Kazuaki Morita (Assassination Classroom, Tsukigakirei) providing character designs. Aoi Akashiro (Fuuka, KonoSuba – God’s blessing on this wonderful world!!) is in charge of series composition.
Crunchyroll describes the show as:
Ayanokouji Kiyotaka has just enrolled at Tokyo Koudo Ikusei Senior High School, where it’s said that 100% of students go on to college or find employment. But he ends up in Class 1-D, which is full of all the school’s problem children. What’s more, every month, the school awards students points with a cash value of 100,000 yen, and the classes employ a laissez-faire policy in which talking, sleeping, and even sabotage are permitted during class. But among all the students who lead such self-indulgent lives, there is one who disagrees with it all and chooses to remain solitary, avoiding contact with others: the beautiful Horikita Suzune. She has figured out that, even though the school gives students huge amounts of money, it also offers many means of “assistance for students with no money.” One month later, Ayanokouji, Horikita, and the students of Class D learn the truth of the system in place within their school…
Hina Logic: From Luck and Logic
Hina Logic – from Luck & Logic is based on Bushiroad’s Luck & Logic card game. Hiroaki Akagi is directing the project at Doga Kobo, with Manabu Nii and Satomi Kurita collaborating on character designs. Yukie Sugawara (Overlord) is in charge of series composition for the project.
Crunchyroll describes Hina Logic – from Luck & Logic as:
On a spring day when the cherry blossoms have started to fall, the naïve princess of a small country, Lion begins her days at a school in Hokkaido. The school houses a special facility run by ALCA that trains Logicalists who protect the peace of the world. Lion has a lot of unique classmates in Class 1-S, including Nina, a Logicalist. This is the story of the energetic and adorable days the Logicalists-in-training spend together. It’s time to Trance!
Knight’s & Magic
Knight’s & Magic is based on Hisago Amazake-no’s light novel series of the same name. Yusuke Yamamoto (Welcome to the NHK, Shōnen Maid) is directing the project at studio 8 bit, with Kenichiro Katsura (Walkure Romanze, Comic Party: Revolution) providing character designs. Michiko Yokote (Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!, Princess Tutu) is in charge of series composition.
fhana will perform opening theme song Hello! My World!!, while Ayaka Ohashi handles closing theme song You & I.
Crunchyroll describes Knight’s & Magic as:
A genius programmer and hardcore robot otaku is reborn into a world of knights and magic, where huge robots called Silhouette Knights roar across the land! Now reborn as Ernesti Echevalier, he uses his vast knowledge of machines and programming talents to begin to make his ultimate robot. But his actions have unexpected results…?! The dreams of a robot otaku will change the world!
Restaurant to Another World
Restaurant to Another World is based on Junpei Inuzuka’s light novel series of the same name. Masato Jinbo (Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei Herz!, Chaos;Child) will direct the series and take charge of series composition at Silver Link. The team of Takao Sano (Nurse Witch Komugi R, Shomin Sample) and Keiichi Sano (Heaven’s Memo Pad, Strike the Blood) will provide character designs for the project.
Crunchyroll describes Restaurant to Another World as:
There is a certain restaurant in the first basement level of a multi-tenant building in one corner of a shopping street near the office district. The historical 70-year-old restaurant, marked by a sign with a picture of a cat, is called “Western Cuisine Nekoya.” This restaurant looks completely normal through the week, but on Saturdays, it opens in secret exclusively to some very unique guests. During these hours, doors in various areas of a parallel world open to allow customers of many different races and cultures into the restaurant. This “Restaurant to Another World” and its food hold an exotic charm to these highly diverse customers. This is a story of the heartwarming, once-in-a-lifetime encounters between our reality and another world, between the restaurant’s customers and its owner, and the food shared among them all.
Saiyuki Reload Blast
Saiyuki Reload Blast will be the first Saiyuki anime that isn’t animated by Studio Pierrot. Hideaki Nakano (Aoharu x Machinegun, SerVamp) will direct the project at Platinum Vision, with Youko Satou (Dog & Scissors, Pipopapo Patrol-kun) providing character designs. Kenji Konuta (Blood Lad, Library War) will oversee the show’s scripts.
Previously, Nakano and Konuta worked together on Aoharu x Machinegun and SerVamp.
Crunchyroll describes Saiyuki Reload Blast as:
Humans and yokai, science and magic… all exist side-by-side on a peaceful continent free of all order and regulation, widely known as “Shangri-La.” The balance there was shattered when the Minus Wave caused all the yokai on the continent to rampage, an event known as the “Calamity.” Continuing their journey west to stop Gyumaoh’s resurrection experiments, the root of all the evil on the continent, the Three Aspects are finally drawing closer to India. But the closer they get, the more pronounced the influence of the Calamity becomes, and the more intense their battles become. Also standing before them is the tragic karma of 500 years past…