From crazy robot action to spine-tingling tales of terror, Crunchyroll has you covered this winter.

Earlier today, Crunchyroll announced that they will stream seven titles as part of their Winter 2018 simulcast lineup. The publisher will stream the following:

  • DARLING in the FRANXX
  • Death March to The Parallel World Rhapsody
  • Katana Maidens ~ Toji no Miko
  • Citrus
  • Junji Ito Collection
  • Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja Scrolls (Basilisk: Ōka Ninpōchō)
  • Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens

DARLING in the FRANXX

Regions: TBA

DARLING in the FRANXX is a co-production between Trigger and A-1 Pictures. The series is slated to hit Japanese TV in January 2018.

Atsushi Nishigori (THE [email protected]) is directing the project, with Masayoshi Tanaka (anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, High School of the Dead) providing character designs. The team of Atsushi Nishigori and Naotaka Hayashi will collaborate on series composition.

Crunchyroll describes the show as:

They dream of one day flying into the endless sky, even though they are painfully aware of how far away the sky is beyond the glass that blocks their flight.

The distant future: Humanity established the mobile fort city, Plantation, upon the ruined wasteland and civilization flourished. Within the city were pilot quarters called Mistilteinn, otherwise known as the “Birdcage.” That is where the children live… Not knowing anything of the outside world, and unaware of the vast sky. Their only mission in life was the fight.

Their enemies are the mysterious giant organisms known as Kyoryu. The children operate robots known as FRANXX in order to face these still unseen enemies because they believe that is their purpose in life. Among them was a boy who was once called a child prodigy: Code number 016, Hiro. However, now he’s a failure and considered unneeded. Those who cannot pilot FRANXX basically do not exist.

One day, a mysterious girl called Zero Two appears in front of Hiro. From her face grew two alluring horns.

“I’ve found you, my Darling.”

Death March to The Parallel World Rhapsody

Regions: TBA

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody is based on Hiro Ainana and illustrator shri’s light novel series of the same name. Shin Oonuma (Baka & Test: Summon the Beasts, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya) is directing the project at Silver Link, with Shoko Takimoto (Armed Girl’s Machiavellism, Senran Kagura: Estival Versus – Festival Eve Full of Swimsuits) providing character designs. Kento Shimoyama (Bleach, Servant × Service) is in charge of series composition.

Crunchyroll describes the show as:

“Satou,” aka Ichiro Suzuki is a programmer in the middle of a death march. He was supposed to be taking a nap but somehow wakes up in another world… What lies before him is what looks like the menu screen of the game he was working before his nap. He’s at a complete beginner stage at level 1. However, he had the option to “explore the whole map,” which was just implemented to help out new players and three “Meteor Showers” which could level a whole map. Suddenly, a whole group of lizardmen appear in front of him. In order to survive, Satou uses Meteor Shower, his level jumped to 310 and he became extremely wealthy. Whether it be dream or reality, Satou’s journey was now beginning.

Katana Maidens ~ Toji No Miko

Regions: All Regions outside of Asia

Katana Maidens ~ Toji no Miko is an original project by Studio Gokumi. Koudai Kakimoto (Cyborg 009: Call of Justice) was tapped to direct the show, while Yuuko Yahiro (Attack on Titan: Junior High, Diabolik Lovers) provides character designs. Tatsuya Takahashi (Eromanga Sensei, Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn) is in charge of series composition.

Citrus

Regions: All Regions outside of Asia

Citrus is based on Saburouta’s manga of the same name. Takeo Takahashi (Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers , Spice and Wolf) is directing the project at Passione, with Izuro Ijuuin filling the dual role of character designer and chief animation director. Naoki Hayashi is in charge of series composition.

Crunchyroll describes the show as:

Yuzu, a high school gyaru who hasn’t experienced her first love yet, transfers to an all-girls school after her mother remarries. She’s beyond upset that she can’t land a boyfriend at her new school. Then, on her first day, she meets the beautiful black-haired student council president Mei in the worst way possible. What’s more, she later finds out that Mei is her new step-sister, and they’ll be living under the same roof! And so the love affair between two polar opposite high school girls who find themselves drawn to one another begins!

Junji Ito Collection

Regions: All Regions outside of Asia

Junji Ito Collection is based on horror master Junji Ito’s stories. Shinobu Tagashira (Diabolik Lovers) is directing the project and producing the character designs at Studio Deen, with Kaoru Sawada taking charge of series composition. Hozumi Gōda (Akame ga KILL!, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni) will serve as sound director, while Yuuki Hayashi scores the soundtrack.

Crunchyroll describes the show as:

The works of one of the most famous Japanese horror manga artists, Junji Ito, finally gets animated! This will be an omnibus animation where each episode will star different protagonists such as the famous Tomie, Soichi, and Fuchi!

Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja Scrolls

Regions: All Regions outside of Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa.

Junji Nishimura (Ranma ½, Zenki) was tapped to direct Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja Scrolls at Seven Arcs Pictures, with Takao Maki (Laughing Under the Clouds) providing character designs. Shinsuke Onishi (Night Raid 1931, The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye) is in charge of series composition for the project.

The series is based on Futaroh Yamada’s Ōka Ninpōchō Basilisk Shinshō (Ōka Ninja Scrolls Basilisk New Chapter) novel, which is a direct sequel to the original Kōga Ninpōchō (Kouga Ninja Scrolls). The book is set ten years after the events of the original Kouga Ninja Scrolls, in the year 1626.

Crunchyroll describes the show as:

However, it is said that by the hand of Hattori Hanzo’s adopted son, Kyouhachirou, these two flower petals, whether temporarily or permanently, were given life again and left two mementos behind. These children, born with a destiny of their own, were called Kouga Hachirou and Iga Hibiki. The former had eyes like his father’s, and the latter had eyes like her mother’s.

It is now the Kan’ei era, and the land is at peace. As ninjas begin to disappear into the shadows after being deemed unnecessary, The Kouga and Iga clans ask a favor of Hachirou and Hibiki in hopes of reinforcing their foundations.

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens

Regions: All Regions outside of Asia

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens is based on Chiaki Kisaki and Hako Ichiiro’s light novel of the same name. Kenji Yasuda (Macross Delta, Shugo Chara!) will direct the series at Satelight, with Hidenori Inoue providing character designs. Shogo Yasukawa (Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, Terraformars) is in charge of series composition.

Crunchyroll describes the series as:

At a glance, Fukuoka seems like a peaceful town, but crime runs rampant behind the scenes. It’s now a battleground for professional killers, with urban legends suggesting that there’s even one who specializes in killing professional killers. Assassins, detectives, revenge seekers, informants, torture specialists… When stories are told of these and other professionals of the underground, a “killer of professional killers” appears…

The winner of the 2013 Dengeki Novel Prize (Grand Prize) is now an anime!

Source: Crunchyroll