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Funimation to SimulDub Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, 7 More in Winter 2018


The Clow Cards beckon once more. Are you ready for this new adventure?

Earlier today, Funimation unveiled their initial SimulDub lineup Winter 2018. The publisher confirmed that they will stream eight titles:

  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card
  • 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
  • Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens

Crunchyroll is also streaming these eight titles as part of their winter simulcast lineup. Funimation previously confirmed that they’d produce a SimulDub for Cardcaptor Sakura

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card

The series, which adapts the recent “Clear Card Chapter” of the Cardcaptor Sakura manga, will be directed by Morio Asaka (Cardcaptor Sakura, My Love Story!!, Chihayafuru) at Madhouse. Kunihiko Hamada (Chihayafuru, NANA) is providing character designs for the project, while Nanase Ohkawa (Magic Knight Rayearth 2, Blood-C) takes charge of series composition.

Funimation describes the show as:

The power of the Clow is back with a new adventure for the Cardcaptor! After sealing the last of the Clow Cards, Sakura Kinomoto is ready to face her newest challenge—junior high. But just when she settles into a normal routine, a strange dream changes everything. The cards are blank, rendered powerless, and a cloaked figure grants her a new key of magic. What lies behind this mysterious power?

DARLING in the FRANXX

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 IDOLM@STER) 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.

Funimation describes the show as:

In a desolate future, children are kept away from the outside world, away from the open sky. Locked away in Mistilteinn, aka “the birdcage,” they live only to pilot giant mechs known as FranXX. Hiro was once a prodigy but after falling behind, he’s become unnecessary. After all, not piloting a FranXX is the same as not existing. But everything changes when he meets Zero Two, the girl with horns.

Death March to The Parallel World Rhapsody

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

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

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.

Funimation describes the show as:

Yuzu Aihara loves fashion, friends, and having fun! But when her mom remarries and she’s forced to transfer schools, this fashionable teen’s sweet life turns sour. On her first day, she makes enemies with the beautiful student council president, Mei, who also winds up being her brand-new stepsister. But nothing can prepare Yuzu for a surprise kiss from this girl who supposedly hates her!

Junji Ito Collection

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

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.

Funimation describes the show as:

Designed to select the successor to the Tokugawa family, a gruesome battle once promised a thousand-year reign to the winning clan. Amidst the bloodshed, betrothed lovers Oboro and Gennosuke were forced to take sides. Now, only ten years have passed and once again the clans of Kouga and Iga are poised to fight. But this time, a new generation stands at the forefront.

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens

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.

Funimation describes the series as:

Crime reaches new heights in the seedy underworld of Fukuoka—a city home to very sinister professions. Among those who kill, torture, and seek revenge as a means of living, a so-called “killer of professional killers” is becoming more than just an urban legend. Private detective Banba is on the case, but when he uncovers a dark conspiracy, it may be the one curveball he can’t hit.

Source: Funimation Blog

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