Robots and epic fantasies fly the orange flag this winter.

Earlier today, Crunchyroll announced that two new titles will join their Winter 2018 simulcast lineup. The company will stream Overlord II and DARLING in the FRANXX as part of their digital offering.

As of press time, Overlord II has yet to receive a launch date or applicable regions. DARLING in the FRANXX will start streaming on January 13 at 9:00AM Pacific (Noon Eastern) in unspecified regions.


DARLING in the FRANXX is a co-production between Trigger and A-1 Pictures. 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.”

Overlord II

Overlord returns to Japanese TV later today. Hulu previously announced that they will stream the title as part of their simulcast lineup, while Funimation will produce a SimulDub.

Naoyuki Itou is returning to direct Overlord‘s second season at Madhouse, with Yukie Sugawara back in charge of series composition. Character designer Takahiro Yoshimatsu (Desert Punk, Trigun) will be joined by Satoshi Tasaki (No Game, No Life Zero, Rideback) this time around.

Source: Crunchyroll