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Crunchyroll Adds Basilisk, .hack//Roots, 4 More


Ancient legends, quirky priesteses, and more await in the latest additions to Crunchyroll’s family.

Earlier today, Crunchyroll revealed that they added six titles to their digital catalog. The company started streaming the following:

  • .hack//Roots
  • Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero
  • Basilisk
  • Koi Koi Seven
  • Kumamiko -Girl Meets Bear
  • Sasami Magical Girls Club

We break down the details below.

.hack//Roots

.hack//Roots is available to users in the United States and Canada.

The series is an entry in the long-running .hack media franchise. Koichi Mashimo (Noir, .hack//SIGN) directed the project at Bee Train, with Satoshi Ohsawa (.hack//SIGN, Madlax) providing character designs. Miu Kawasaki was in charge of series composition.

Crunchyroll describes .hack//Roots as:

In the newest version of the massive online RPG know as “The World,” Haseo and his guild mates search for a legendary item called the Key of the Twilight—but they’re not the only ones looking for it. When a rival guild faces off against Haseo and his teammates, the conflict has deep repercussions both inside and outside the game, and threatens to leave the players forever changed.

Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero

Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero is available to users in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa.

The 2012 series was directed by Rion Kujo (s-CRY-ed, Wanna Be the Strongest in the World) at studio Arms, with Hiroshi Tsukada (Queen’s Blade: Grimoire) handling character designs. Ryunosuke Kingetsu (Futakoi Alternative, Samurai Girls) was in charge of series composition for the title.

Crunchyroll describes the show as:

Hero defeats bad guy. Good triumphs over evil. The end. Or, at least that’s how it usually goes. But what happens after the hero goes home? Ohtorizawa Akatsuki, is about to find out that sometimes the greatest adventure starts after the happy ending.

Koi Koi Seven

Koi Koi Seven is available to users in the United States and Canada.

Koi Koi Seven is a 2005 series, which is based on Morishige’s manga of the same name. Yoshitaka Fujimoto (All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku, Master of Martial Hearts) helmed the project at Studio Flag and Trinet Entertainment, with Koji Watanabe (Phantom – The Animation, Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar) providing character designs. Tamotsu Mizukoshi was in charge of series composition.

Crunchyroll describes Koi Koi Seven as:

Tetsuro Tanaka is transferred to Gokoh Academy full of high expectations. However, expectations fade with a bad premonition the moment he steps onto the campus and finds all the students except him are girls! Wow! It’s Heaven! He’s a prince surrounded by pretty maidens! Wrong! A series of weird and frightening incidents fall upon him. Then, 6 charming girls who are called Koi Koi Seven appear as his guardians. Army combat helicopters and anti-tank guns attack Tetsuro for no particular reason. This school is far from a paradise. It is a hell he desperately tries to survive day to day.

Kumamiko – Girl Meets Bear

Kumamiko – Girl Meets Bear is available to users in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands.

The 2016 series is based on Masume Yoshimoto’s manga of the same name. Kiyoshi Matsuda took the director’s chair for the title at studios EMT Squared and Kinema Citrus. Hiroyuki Saita (My mental choices are completely interfering with my school romantic comedy) provided character designs, while the team of Masao Iketani and Pierre Sugiura wrote the scripts.

Crunchyroll describes KumaMiko as:

What does a bear know about life in the big city? For Machi Amayadori’s sake, hopefully a lot! The young shrine maiden has spent her whole life in the rural mountains with Natsu, her talking guardian bear. Now, at fourteen, she wants to take a chance and attend high school in the big city. Can Natsu really prepare her for city life? Or will his wacky trials be too much for even Machi to bear?

Sasami Magical Girls Club

Sasami Magical Girls Club is available to members in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

The show is a spinoff from Tenchi Muyo! spinoff Magical Project S. Nobuhiro Takamoto (07-Ghost, Beelzebub) directed the title at AIC Spirits, with Shoji Hara (PriPara, Wandaba Style) providing character designs. Mari Okada (Black Butler, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans) was in charge of series composition.

Crunchyroll describes Sasami Magical Girls Club as:

Sasami has an amazing secret: Magic courses through her veins! But the spunky fifth-grader is not alone, for all over the world girls and boys are awakening to their powers. Under the guise of the Cooking Club and with the guidance of Miss Washu, Sasami and her friends will learn to harness their newfound abilities and come to depend upon one another through thick and thin.

Basilisk

 

Basilisk is available for users in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

The series is based on Futaro Yamada’s  Ninja Scrolls novel series. Fuminori Kizaki (Afro Samurai, Bayonetta: Bloody Fate) directed the 2005 series at Gonzo, with Michinori Chiba (Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Someday’s Dreamers) handling character designs. Yasuyuki Muto (Deadman Wonderland, Persona -trinity soul-) was in charge of series composition for the project.

Crunchyroll describes Basilisk as:

The heirs to the Kouga and Iga ninja clans, Gennosuke and Oboro, hoped the unsteady truce between their tribes would last—but fate denies the lovers, thrusting their people into war after centuries of peace. The terms are set on two scrolls. One bears a list of Kouga warriors. The other holds a list of those who fight for Iga. The names found on these scrolls can only be crossed out in blood.

Source: Crunchyroll

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