Southeast Asian anime channel ANIPLUS Asia is set to offer four simulcast titles on the Second Quarter of 2017, including the much-anticipated return of Attack on Titan.
The second season of Berserk, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria and Granblue Fantasy the Animation is also set to air starting this month.
Attack on Titan
Ever since the day the Colossal Titan appeared and destroyed the peace and dreams of humanity, Eren Jaegar’s endless fight continues…
After helplessly watching his mother get devoured by a Titan, Eren vows to exterminate every single one of them from the face of the world. However, during an intense battle, he transformed into a Titan himself. In the bid to regain humanity’s freedom, Eren takes on the Female Titan at Wall Sina’s Stohess District. In the clash of Titans, Eren emerges victorious.
Even then, for Eren and the rest of mankind, there is no time to recover. A new battle is already upon them. A horde of Titans advances toward Wall Rose! How will mankind stand against them?
Attack on Titan is an anime adaptation of the manga series by Hajime Isayama, which is being serialized in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shonen Magazine since September 2009. The manga currently has 21 volumes.
The second season will continue the story line of the first season, which was aired in Japanese television on May to September 2013. The anime was one of ANIPLUS Asia’s first offerings when the channel was launched in late November 2013.
Tetsuro Araki, who was the director of the first season, will now be the chief director of the second season and episode director Masashi Koizuka is set to take over as director.
Series scriptwriter Yasuko Kobayashi, character designer Kyoji Asano and other main staff members are set to return for the second season. WIT STUDIO will once again produce the anime.
The lead voice casts are set to return for the second season, including Yuuki Kaji as “Eren Jaeger” and Yui Ishikawa as “Mikasa Ackerman”.
Attack on Titan S2 premieres on April 2, airing Every Sunday nights at 06:00pm, within 24 hours after Japan.
Guts, known as the Black Swordsman, seeks sanctuary from the demonic forces that pursue him and his woman, and also vengeance against the man who branded him as an unholy sacrifice. Aided only by his titanic strength, skill, and sword, Guts must struggle against his bleak destiny, all the while fighting with a rage that might strip him of his humanity.
This will be the continuation of the second anime adaptation of the popular Berserk manga series by Kentaro Miura, which premiered in July last year.
Director Shin Itagaki, series composer Makoto Fukanami and character designer Hisashi Abe returned to work on the second season, which will be produced by GEMBA and Millepensee.
The Japanese voice cast will be lead once again by Hiroaki Iwanaga as “Guts”, Takahiro Sakurai as “Griffith” and Toa Yukinari as “Casca”.
Berserk S2 premieres on Friday, April 7, double-episode premiere at 10:00pm. New episode airs Every Friday nights at 10:30pm, an hour after Japanese telecast.
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria
Once again, the strongest female swordsman, Sword princess Ais Wallenstein, heads to the giant labyrinth known as the “Dungeon” along with her allies. On the 50th floor where the threat of an irregularity creeps ever closer to the party, Ais calls for the wind and heads deeper into the darkness of the Dungeon. This is the tale of a woman who seeks to become stronger.
Sword Oratoria is an anime adaptation of a light novel series, which is a spinoff of the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (DanMachi) novel, written by Fujino Omori and illustrated by Kiyotaka Haimura. The novel is being published by SB Creative under GA Bunko imprint since January 2014, and currently has seven (7) volumes.
The anime adaptation will be directed by Youhei Suzuki, who also directed The “Hentai” Prince and the Stony Cat anime, while DanMachi scriptwriter Hideki Shirane and character designer Shigeki Kimoto returned to work on the spinoff, which will be produced by J.C. Staff.
Saori Onishi returns as the lead voice cast of the spinoff as “Aiz Wallenstein”.
Sword Oratoria premieres on April 15, airing Every Saturday late-nights at 12:30am, with encore Every Saturday nights at 11:00pm.
Granblue Fantasy the Animation
A boy named Gran and a talking winged lizard named Vyrn encounter a girl named Lyria, and learn that she had escaped from the Erste Empire, a military government that is trying to rule over this world. In order to escape from the Empire, Gran and Lyria head out into the vast skies, holding the letter Gran’s father left behind – which said, “I will be waiting at Estalucia, Island of Stars”.
Granblue Fantasy the Animation is an anime adaptation of a popular role-playing video game for mobile devices by gaming developer Cygames. The game was launched in March 2014 in Japan, which expanded worldwide in March last year.
Ayako Kurata, who was the chief animation director of Black Blood Brothers anime series, is the Series Director of the upcoming anime, while Yuuki Itoh, who previously worked on The iDOLM@STER anime series, will be the director.
Toshifumi Akai, who previously handled character designs for Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, will adapt Hideo Minaba’s original character designs for the anime, which will be produced by A-1 Pictures.
The Japanese voice cast are lead by Yuuki Ono (“Taiga Kagami”, Kuroko’s Basketball) as “Gran” and Nao Toyama (“Kongou”, Kantai Collection) as “Lyria”.
Granblue Fantasy the Animation premieres on April 2, airing Every Sunday late-nights at 12:30am with encore on Sunday nights 06:30pm.
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