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: