This season, fans will be able to cross time, space, and even the mortal coil as they take in the anime landscape.
Earlier today, Crunchyroll announced that they added eight titles to their Spring 2018 simulcast lineup. The publisher will add the following:
- Steins;Gate 0
- High School DxD Hero
- Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory
- Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast for Spirits-
- Space Battleship Tiramisu
- Golden Kamuy
- Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These
- Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202
Crunchyroll hasn’t revealed the streaming territories or premiere dates for any of the above titles. Space Battleship Yamato 2202 has a vague “Coming Later This Spring” debut window.
Kenichi Kawamura (Rozen Maiden, SoniAni: Super Sonico The Animation) will take the director’s chair on Steins;Gate 0 at studio White Fox, with Tomoshige Inayoshi (Battle Spirits: Sword Eyes) providing character designs. Jukki Hanada (Love Live! School idol project, Steins;Gate) is in charge of series composition. Illustrator huke is credited with original character designs.
Hanada was also in charge of series composition for the original Steins;Gate anime. Tomoshige Inayoshi was an episode animation director for the original series.
Crunchyroll describes Steins;Gate 0 as:
The dark untold story of Steins;Gate that leads with the eccentric mad scientist Okabe, struggling to recover from a failed attempt at rescuing Kurisu. He decides to give up and abandons his lively scientist alter ego, in pursuit to forget the past. When all seems to be normal, he is seemingly pulled back into the past by meeting an acquaintance of Kurisu, who tells him that they have begun testing a device that stores the memory of a human and creates a simulation of them with their characteristics and personalities. Okabe begins testing and finds out that the simulation of Kurisu has brought back anguish and some new unexpected tragedies.
Zero is a side story that explores events from the Beta Attractor Field’s future that contribute in making the end of the original story possible.
High School DxD Hero
Yoshifumi Sueda (Rail Wars!) was tapped to direct High School DxD HERO at studio Passione, with Makoto Uno (Love Hina, Rail Wars!) providing character designs. Kenji Konuta (Saiyuki Reload Blast, Blood Lad) is in charge of series composition for the show.
Crunchyroll describes the series as:
Produced by Passione, the fourth season of High School DxD covers the second half of the Heroic Oppai Dragon arc of the original light novels.
Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory
Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory will be based on Shoji Gatoh (writer) and Shikidouji’s (illustrator) light novel series of the same name. Katsuichi Nakayama (Nishi no Yoki Majo – Astraea Testament) will take the director’s chair at Xebec, with Aya Yamamoto (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!, Fafner EXODUS) serving as animation director. Series creator Shoji Gatoh (The Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of Uruk, Hyōka) will take charge of series composition, and write the screenplay.
Crunchyroll describes the title as:
The fourth TV anime Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory is animated by XEBEC (Fafner in the Azure, Space Battleship Yamato 2199). Katsuichi Nakayama, known for his directorial works for the 2006 TV anime The Good Witch of the West, directs, and all of the voice cast members are returning in the latest outing.
Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast for Spirits-
Yoshiko Okuda will make his directorial début with Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- at Gonzo, with Youko Satou (Saiyuki Reload Blast, Dog & Scissors) providing character designs. Tomoko Konparu (Utano☆Princesama Revolutions, Dance with Devils) is in charge of series composition for the project.
Crunchyroll describes Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- as:
After losing her grandfather, Aoi inherits his ability to see spirits known as ayakashi. Taking it all in stride, she takes to feeding the ayakashi until one day, an ogre appears demanding she pay her grandfather’s debt. His price? Her hand in marriage! Refusing this absurd offer, Aoi decides to work at the Tenjin-ya—a bed and breakfast for the ayakashi—to pay back what her family owes.
Space Battleship Tiramisu
Hiroshi Ikehata (Akiba’s Trip: The Animation, Seiyu’s Life!) was tapped to direct Space Battleship Tiramisu at Gonzo, with Ai Yokoyama (Bayonetta: Bloody Fate, X-Men) providing character designs. Yū Sato (Inferno Cop) is in charge of series composition for the project.
Crunchyroll describes the title as:
The human race extended its life field and greed to the vast reaches of space… In Space Era 0156, a war breaks out amidst all of the colonies in space. Earth begins to construct a new space battleship called Tiramisu in secret. Just as the war begins, one genius pilot steers the Tiramisu as a beacon of hope for humanity.
Golden Kamuy is based on Satoru Noda’s manga of the same name. Hitoshi Nanba (Fate/Grand Order: First Order, Gosick) was tapped to direct the show at Geno Studio, with Kenichi Ohnuki (Gundam Build Fighters, Samurai Gun) providing character designs. Noboru Takagi (Baccano!, Durarara!!) is in charge of series composition for the project.
Crunchyroll describes the show as:
The story takes place in the mighty Northern field of Hokkaido, the time is in the turbulent late Meiji Era.
A post war soldier Sugimoto, aka, “Immortal Sugimoto” —who survived the lethal Japan-Russo War—was in need of large sums of money for a particular purpose…
What awaited Sugimoto, who stepped into Hokkaido’s Gold Rush with dreams of making a fortune at a single stroke, was a tattoo map leading to a hidden treasure based on hints inscribed on the bodies of convicts in Abashiri Prison?!
The magnificent nature of Hokkaido vs vicious convicts and the meeting with a pure Ainu girl, Ashiripa!! A survival battle for a hidden treasure hunt begins!
Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These
Shunsuke Tada (Kuroko’s Basketball, Starmyu) is directing Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These at Production I.G., with the team of Yoko Kikuchi (El Cazador de la Bruja, Junjō Romantica), Iwao Teraoka (Japan Animator Expo), and Katsura Tsushima providing character designs. Noboru Takagi (Baccano!, Kuroko’s Basketball) is in charge of series composition.
Crunchyroll describes Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These as:
Thousands of years into the future, humanity has advanced into space, where it has divided into two countries with two different forms of government: the autocracy of the Galactic Empire, and the democracy of the Free Planets Alliance. These two countries have been at war for 150 years, turning the galaxy into a stage for a never-ending series of conflicts.
As the long war continues, both countries fall into decline, with the Galactic Empire suffering corruption among the noble classes, while the Free Planets Alliance falls victim to the mob rule of democracy. Then, near the end of the 8th age of the space calendar, the appearance of two geniuses will change history forever. The ever-winning genius, Reinhard von Lohengramm, and the never-losing magician, Yang Wen-li. As heads of the Imperial and Alliance armies respectively, the two will face each other in battle over and over again.
Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202
Nobuyoshi Habara (D.N.Angel, Fafner) is directing Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202 at Xebec, with Nobuteru Yuki (Vision of Escaflowne, Orange) providing character designs. Harutoshi Fukui (Mobile Suit Gundam UC) is in charge of series composition.