Anime Pilipinas has learned that the Filipino-language anime channel HEROtv is set to air new seasons of Free! Iwatobi Swim Club, Initial D, Kuroko’s Basketball and Chaika: The Coffin Princess this month of December.
The 2009 live-action movie Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, starring Kristin Kreuk, is also set to premiere this month.
Free! Eternal Summer
The boys of summer are back. Haru, Makoto, Nagisa, Rei, and Rin are reunited and the competition is about to get fierce. After the last swimming meet the bonds of friendship have only gotten stronger, and with each passing day the boys continue to grow. This summer will bring the group of friends new rivals and new challenges. (Synopsis from Anime News Network)
Free! Eternal Summer is the first sequel of the 2013 television anime series, produced by Kyoto Animation, directed by Hiroko Utsumi, written by Masahiro Yokotani and character designs by Futoshi Nishiya.
Free! Eternal Summer premieres on Friday, December 4, airing every Monday to Friday nights at 07:30pm.
Initial D: Fifth Stage
頭文字D: Fifth Stage
Still working as part of the Project D driving team, Takumi Fujiwara and Keisuke Takahashi continue to challenge courses and teams in the Kanagawa Prefecture. Meanwhile, a young golf phenom catches Takumi’s eye, and Ryousuke Takahashi settles a score from his past. (Synopsis from Anime News Network)
Initial D: Fifth Stage is the ninth anime adaptation of the popular car racing manga by Shuichi Shigeno, which was published by Shueisha’s Young Magazine from 1995 to 2013 and has a total of 48 volumes.
The anime was directed by Mitsuo Hashimoto, who also directed Bakugan Battle Brawlers anime series and worked on Dragon Ball anime adaptations, produced by anime studio A.C.G.T.
Initial D: Fifth Stage premieres on Friday, December 4, airing every Monday to Friday nights at 08:30pm.
Kuroko’s Basketball – Season 3
After winning a fierce battle against Yosen High, Seirin High basketball team successfully advanced on the semifinals of the Winter Cup. They continue aiming to become the champion but this makes hard for them since they’re against powerful opponents. (Synopsis from Anime News Network)
Kuroko’s Basketball is the anime adaptation of the basketball manga series by Tadatoshi Fujimaki, which was serialized on Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from December 2008 to September 2014 and has a total of 30 volumes.
Shunsuke Tada, who directed the second season returned to work on this season, while Noburo Takagi also returned to handle the scripts. Character designs were made by Yoko Kikuchi, which was produced by renowned anime studio Production I.G.
Kuroko’s Basketball – Season 3 premieres on Tuesday, December 15, airing every Monday to Friday nights at 09:30pm.
Chaika: The Coffin Princess – Avenging Battle
棺姫のチャイカ ＡＶＥＮＧＩＮＧ ＢＡＴＴＬＥ
The search for the remains of Emperor Gaz continuous. Chaika still in search of really knowing who he really is and what is its purpose. Similarly, the Red Chaika continues the search for the rest. The Gillette corporation continues in the mission to catch Chaika. In their adventure, they give a revealing account kept secret that the Emperor, which, Chaika, Fredrika, Toru and Akari decide to discover the secret. (Synopsis from Anime News Network)
Chaika: The Coffin Princess – Avenging Battle is the second anime adaptation of the popular light novel series, written by Ichiro Sakaki and illustrated by Namaniku ATK, which was serialized by Fujimi Shobo under Fujimi Fantasia Bunko imprint from December 2010 until last March. The novel has a total of 12 volumes.
The first anime adaptation’s staff returned to work on the series, including director Soichi Masui and scriptwriter Touko Machida. Ichiro Sakaki adapted Namaniku ATK’s original character designs, which was produced by anime studio BONES.
Chaika: The Coffin Princess – Avenging Battle premieres on Wednesday, December 16, airing every Monday to Friday nights at 06:00pm.
HEROtv’s Theatrixx movie block is featuring the 2009 Western live-action movie Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, featuring American television actress Kristin Kreuk as the lead character “Chun-Li”, actors Neal McDonough as “M. Bison”, Chris Klein as “Charlie Nash” and the late Michael Clarke Duncan as “Balrog”.
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li premieres on Sunday, December 20, at 12:00am. Encore telecast at 12:00pm and 08:00pm.
HEROtv is available on SKYcable Channel 03 and 44, Destiny Cable Channel 44, as well as multiple cable providers across the Philippines.