Aniplex of America Announces Winter 2017 Pick-ups and Streams


As 2016 comes to a close winter 2017 anime announcements start coming in with Aniplex of America leading the charge announcing 3 acquisitions along with their premier time and western streaming sites.

First-up is Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga which will be streaming on Crunchyroll and Daisuki Fridays starting January 6 @ 10:30 AM PT. The series is a sequel to the Spring 2011 anime which were both based off Kazue Katou’s manga which has been running in Jump SQ since April 2009. Like the previous season A-1 Pictures will be handling the animation however this time Kouichi Hatsumi will be directing. Aniplex describes the series as:

Assiah, the realm of humans, and Gehenna, the realm of demons. Normally, these two dimensions would never itersect,but having possessed all material substances, the demons are now intruding on the material world. But  among the human race, there are those who can exorcise such demons — the exorcists.

Rin Okumura kept the fact that he was Satan’s offspring a secret from everyone and decided to become an exorcist.  He began his training at True Cross Academy but following the incidents involving Amaimon’s raid, his lineage became apparent. Fearing his true nature and the blue flames marking his connection to Gehenna, Rin’s classmates  all distanced themselves from him. Meanwhile, the academy was on high alert when they realized that the “Left Eye of the Impure King” had been stolen! What lies ahead for Rin and his classmates?

Next up is Fate/Grand Order -First Order- which is a 74 minute special which will go on Crunchyroll and Daisuki on December 31 at 8:00 AM PT. The special is based off a mobile game by Type-Moon and Aniplex available on Android and iOS. The special is directed by Hitoshi Nanba at Lay-duce and is part of the Fate/ series. Aniplex describes it as:

The  long-awaited anime version of Fate/Grand  Order,  the  new Fate mobile  game presented  by Type-Moon, which has been downloaded more than 7 million times is here! Featuring the Heroic Spirits that  have  appeared  in  many  of  the  highly  popular Fate franchise,  the  curtain  rises  on  a  tale  of  war  to regain humanity’s future!

The year 2015 CE. The last era in which magecraft still thrived.
The  Chaldea  Security  Organization  was  founded  to  focus on  preserving  the  continuation  of  human history. They observe a world which magecraft couldn’t observe and science couldn’t measure all to prevent the certain extinction of humanity. But one day, the future that Chaldea continued to observe disappears and humanity’s extinction in 2017 becomes clear. Rather, it had already happened.
The  cause  seems  to  be  related  to  Fuyuki,  a  provincial  town  in  Japan,  in  the  year  2004  CE.  There,  an “unobservable region” that had not existed before appears.Based on the assumption that Fuyuki is the reason for humanity’s extinction, Chaldea issues an order to explore, investigate, and possibly destroy this singularity –a quest for the Holy Grail, the Grand Order.

Lastly is Granblue Fantasy which is actually now a spring 2017 anime however there is a special airing in January so presumably that is what is being streamed in this case. The special will air on Crunchyroll and Daisuki January 21 @ 4 AM PT. The series is based off a mobile game released in 2014 by Cygames and is being directed by Yuuki Itou at A-1 Pictures. Aniplex describes the series as:

This is a world of the skies, where many islands drift in the sky.
A boy named Gran and a talking winged lizard named Vyrn lived in Zinken still, an island which yields mysteries. One day, they come across a girl named Lyria.
Lyria had escaped from the Erste Empire, a military government that is trying to rule over this worldusing powerful military prowess.
 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”.


Written by: Conor

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