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Funimation Adds Arifureta, Cop Craft, 2 More to Summer 2019 Simulcasts


Earlier today, Funimation took to Twitter to announce that they’re adding four titles to their Summer 2019 simulcast lineup. The publisher will stream the following:

  • Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest
  • Cop Craft
  • Ensemble Stars
  • Kochoki

All four titles will be added in subtitled and dubbed formats.

Arifureta

Arifureta Anime Visual

Funimation will start streaming their subtitled simulcast for Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest on July 8, at 11:30AM Eastern (9:30AM Pacific). Their SimulDub for the show will launch on July 22, at 4:00PM Eastern (1:00PM Pacific).

Kinji Yoshimoto (Plastic Little, I couldn’t become a hero, so I reluctantly decided to get a job.) was tapped to direct Arifureta at studios White Fox and asread, with Chika Kojima (Big Order) providing character designs. Shoichi Sato will collaborate with Yoshimoto to take charge of series composition.

Funimation describes the series as:

Based on the highly-rated Japanese novel series, Arifureta follows everyman Hajime Nagumo and his classmates as they’re transported to another world! While many isekai focus on one or a small group of people, Arifureta sends the entire class.

Hajime and co. are dropped into the RPG-esque world and treated as heroes, expected as saviors for a world on the cusp of an apocalypse. Unfortunately, Hajime isn’t imbued with the incredible abilities of his classmates, equipped with just a simple transmutation power.

The class ignores Hajime as they already had in the real world, seeing him as useless and unreliable. The series focuses on this regular student in a new reality. He falls into an abyss alone and has to face monsters to fight for his survival.

Can he give up his humanity to survive long enough to return home?

Cop Craft

Cop Craft Anime Anime Key Visual

Funimation will launch their subtitled simulcast for Cop Craft on July 8. Their SimulDub will kick off on July 22. Both streams will be available for users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

Shin Itagaki (Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight, Teekyu) will direct the title at studio Millepensee, with Hiromi Kimura providing character designs. Series creator Shoji Gatoh (Full Metal Panic!, Hyouka) is in charge of series composition for the project.

Funimation describes Cop Craft as:

15 years ago, a hyper-dimensional rift appeared above the Pacific Ocean linking Earth with a magical world. San-Teresa City became a melting pot of cultures and species, but despite peace on the surface, there’s always an underbelly. That’s where Detective Kei Matoba and knight Tirana come in—partners with different perceptions of life and law, working together to keep the city safe.

Ensemble Stars!

Ensemble Stars Anime Visual 0

Funimation will kick off their subtitled simulcast for Ensemble Stars! on July 7, for users in the United States and Canada. The SimulDub’s premiere date has yet to be announced as of press time.

Junpaku Yagurashita will direct the project at David Production, with Yasufumi Soejima serving as series director. The team of Haruko Iizuka, Tomoyuki Shitaya, and Eri Nagata are providing character designs, while Shinichi Inotsume (Gangsta., Persona 5 the Animation) takes charge of series composition.

Funimation describes Ensemble Stars! as:

At Yumenosaki Private Academy, the next generation of male pop idols are working hard to win your heart. But at this intensely competitive school, the pressure and competition are taking its toll on the students as they fight to be the best—and the boys of Trickstar are ready to make a change! Can Subaru, Hokuto, and Makoto struggle against the odds to make their dream a reality?

Kochoki

Kochoki Anime Visual

Funimation will launch their subtitled simulcast for Kochoki on July 8. Their SimulDub will kick off on July 22. Both streams will be available for users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

Noriyuki Abe (Bleach, Yu Yu Hakusho) will direct the series at Studio DEEN, with Atsuko Nakajima (You’re Under Arrest, Haunted Junction) providing character designs. Ryota Yamaguchi (Sailor Moon Sailor Stars, Blue Exorcist) is in charge of seires composition.

Funimation describes the title as:

The fearsome warlord, the demonic king—Oda Nobunaga! Before he was trying to rule over Japan, he was a teenager who began his path to greatness with his younger brother and faithful followers. Through succession, betrayal, battles, and bonds between one another, the struggles these boys face promise a future where they can blossom into powerful men.

Sources: Twitter(Arifureta_anime), Funimation, Twitter (FUNimation) [1] [2] [3] [4]

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