© Gakuto Mikumo / ASCII Media Works • Project STB

Pan-regional anime channel ANIMAX Asia has announced that the highly-popular supernatural anime Strike the Blood is set to premiere for viewers in the Philippines this Monday, January 5th.

Viewers in other parts of Southeast Asia, on the other hand, will get the chance to see the popular sci-fi action anime Valvrave the Liberator on the same date.

Other anime titles set to premiere this January are Little Battlers eXperience Wars during the “Ani-chan” afternoon timeblock and the supernatural comedy anime Inari, Kon Kon. The final episodes of Hunter × Hunter will also premiere next month.


Strike the Blood
© Gakuto Mikumo / ASCII Media Works • Project STB
© Gakuto Mikumo / ASCII Media Works • Project STB

Is it love at first bite when the world’s strongest vampire meets his would-be assassin? The Fourth Progenitor is the strongest vampire in the world and thought to be the stuff of legends. Yet when rumours surface of his appearance in Japan, apprentice Sword Shaman Yukina Himeragi is tasked with keeping watch over this deadly vampire and thus travels to the Demon District of Itogami City. There, she meets with Kojou Akatsuki, the boy who’s rumored to be the Fourth Progenitor, but this formidable vampire doesn’t seem to even remember how he came to be a vampire. (Synopsis from ANIMAX Asia)

Strike the Blood is an anime adaptation of a Japanese light novel series, which is written by Gakuto Mikumo & illustrated by Manyako. It is being serialized on ASCII Media Works imprint Dengeki Bunko since May 2011, and currently has 11 volumes.

The anime adaptation is directed by Takao Sano together with Hideyo Yamamoto, while Hiroyuki Yoshino, who worked on popular titles like Black Butler and Accel World, has supervised on the scripts, and Keiichi Sano also worked on the anime series.

The Japanese voice cast were lead by Yoshimasa Hosoya (Arata Wataya, Chihayafuru) as Kojou Akatsuki, and Risa Taneda (Mirai Kuriyama, Beyond the Boundary) as Yukina Himeragi.

Strike the Blood premieres this January 05, airing Every Monday to Wednesday nights at 11:00pm PHT, with an encore presentation on the next day at 08:00pm PHT, replacing Valvrave the Liberator.


Valvrave the Liberator
© SUNRISE / VVV Committee • MBS
© SUNRISE / VVV Committee • MBS

The story follows a peace-loving high-school student named Haruto Tokishima. The once peaceful world he lived in has come crashing down when his home is invaded by the military forces of Dorssia Military Pact Federation. In a strange twist of fate, he discovers a mysterious humanoid weapon called the VALVRAVE. To operate the mecha (machine) and save his loved ones, Haruto has to give up his own humanity. Will he be able to liberate the world with his newly acquired powers? (Synopsis from ANIMAX Asia)

Valvrave the Liberator is a Japanese anime series produced by anime studio Sunrise, which was directed by Kou Matsuo, who also directed the Rozen Maiden series, while Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion scriptwriter Ichiro Okouchi handled the series composition.

The casts are lead by Ryota Ohsaka (Souhei Sasahara, My Little Monster) as Haruto Tokishima, Ryohei Kimura (Ryouta Kise, Kuroko’s Basketball) as L-elf, Asami Seto (Chihaya Ayase, Chihayafuru) as Shouko Sashinami, and Haruka Tomatsu (Mileina Vashti, Mobile Suit Gundam 00) as Saki Rukino.

Valvrave the Liberator premieres for viewers in Southeast Asia on January 05, airing Every Monday to Wednesday nights at 11:00pm SGT (10:00pm JKT), with an encore presentation on the next day at 08:00pm SGT (07:00pm JKT), replacing Golden Time.

Viewers in the Philippines will get to see the second season of the anime until Friday, January 02.


Little Battlers eXperience WARS
© Level-5 / Project DANBALL SENKI • TV Tokyo
© Level-5 / Project DANBALL SENKI • TV Tokyo

The battle for the future begins now!
Arata Sena and Hikaru Hoshihara are new transfer students at Kamui Daimon Comprehensive Academy, the foremost training institution for LBX players in the world and where students hone their skills at battling using the palm-sized robots known as LBXs. Both Arata and Hikaru are assigned to the same platoon, and alongside their other platoon mates, they engage in battle simulations in the massive diorama under the school known as Second World that is an accurate scale model of Earth. As Arata and Hikaru face down rivals and delve deeper into the hidden secrets concealed within the academy, what incredible mystery will they uncover about the school? (Synopsis from ANIMAX Asia)

Little Battlers eXperience WARS is the third anime adaptation of the role-playing video game series by game developer Level-5.

Director Naohito Takahashi and Scriptwriter Atsuhito Tomioka, who both worked on previous LBX adaptations, returned to work on the third adaptation. Character designs were once again made by Hiroyuki Nishimura, and produced by Oriental Light and Magic.

LBX Wars will introduce new characters, which were lead by Ryota Ohsaka (Sugune Tachibana, Gatchaman Crowds) as Arata Sena, Sayori Ishizuka (You Susugihara, Asura Cryin’ as Hikaru Hoshihara, Shuuhei Iwase (Yasutaka, Sankarea: Undying Love) as Muraku Houjou, and Tomoaki Maeno (Junichi Tachibana, Amagami SS) as Haruki Izumo.

Little Battlers eXperience WARS premieres on Tuesday, January 06, airing Every Monday to Friday at 05:30pm PHT/SGT (04:30pm JKT) during the “Ani-chan” afternoon timeblock.


Inari, Kon Kon
©2014 Morohe Yoshida / KADOKAWA Shoten / INARI Production Committee
©2014 Morohe Yoshida / KADOKAWA Shoten / INARI Production Committee

Inari Fushimi is a shy and clumsy girl who has a crush on her classmate Kouji. One day, Inari saves a baby fox thus earning the gratitude of the shrine goddess Uka-no-Mitama-no-Kami. She appears to Inari and grants her the ability to shape-shift. With her new found powers, will Inari be able to muster up the courage and make her feelings known to Kouji? (Synopsis from ANIMAX Asia)

Inari, Kon Kon (Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha.) is an anime adaptation of a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Morohe Yoshida, which is being serialized on Kadokawa Shoten magazine Young Ace since August 2010, and currently has six (6) tankubon volumes.

Toru Takanashi, who worked on titles like Monster and NANA, directed the anime series, while Touko Machida, who worked on popular titles like Lucky Star, Amagami SS, and more recently Wake Up, Girls!, handles the series composition, and Yuka Takashina worked on the series’ character designs. The series was produced by Production IMS.

The Japanese voice cast were lead by Naomi Ouzora (Karen Vorvantia, Chaika – The Coffin Princess Avenging Battle) as Inari Fushimi, and Houko Kuwashima (Sango, InuYasha) as Uka-no-Mitama-no-Kami.

Inari, Kon Kon premieres on Tuesday, January 13, airing Every Monday to Friday nights at 07:30pm PHT/SGT (06:30pm JKT).


Hunter × Hunter III
©POT (Yoshiro Togashi) 1998-2011 ©VAP • NTV • MADHOUSE / Shueisha
©POT (Yoshiro Togashi) 1998-2011
©VAP • NTV • MADHOUSE / Shueisha

Catch the riveting finale to the Chimera Ants arc! Will Gon be able to get Kite back or will he end up losing himself? What will be the fates of the King and the Chimera Ants? Also, don’t miss out on the appearance of the Zodiacs, twelve Hunters whose skills have been recognised by Netero, in the new arc! Amongst the Zodiacs is Gon’s father, Ging! Will Gon finally be able to meet his father? (Synopsis from ANIMAX Asia)

The final season of Hunter × Hunter premieres on Tuesday, January 27, airing Every Monday to Friday nights at 07:30pm PHT/SGT (06:30pm JKT).


For more details on ANIMAX Asia and their programming, please visit their website at animax-asia.com.

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