HIDIVE Press Releases - June 2017 / present

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HIDIVE ACQUIRES “ENCOURAGEMENT OF CLIMB: NEXT SUMMIT”

HOUSTON, TX — SEPTEMBER 21, 2022 — HIDIVE announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to Encouragement of Climb: Next Summit, a new adaptation of the mountaineering manga of the same name in Comic Earth Star magazine. The series will premiere exclusively on HIDIVE this fall.

Aoi Yukimura’s fear of heights won’t hold her back in the next adaptation of Encouragement of Climb! Joined by fellow mountaineering enthusiasts, including the spirited Hinata Kuraue and the other climbers they’ve met on their journey to great heights, Aoi and friends tackle tough challenges and conquer new summits while they embark on adventures throughout the mountain ranges of Japan. Fans new to the franchise will get to know the world of Encouragement of Climb via a selection of compilation episodes that reintroduce fan-favorite characters and beloved moments from the series. Later episodes contain all-new stories that continue the tale of Aoi and her ambition to overcome her fears and achieve her dreams.

Staff and cast from past adaptations of this charming series have reprised their roles, including studio 8bit (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime) and returning director Yusuke Yamamoto (Welcome to the N.H.K.). Yusuke Matsuo (The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls) provides character design. The series stars Yuka Iguchi (Mako Reizei in Girls und Panzer) as Aoi Yukimura, Kana Asumi (Komari Koshigaya in Non Non Biyori) as Hinata Karaue, Yoko Hikasa (Mio Akiyama in K-ON!) as Kaede Saito, Yui Ogura (Kokoro in The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!) as Kokona Aoba, Nao Toyama (Rin Shima in Laid-Back Camp) as Honoka Kurosaki and Emiri Iwai (Mei-Mei Xiang in Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld Part 2) as Koharu.

The future home video release of Encouragement of Climb: Next Summit will be distributed by and available from Sentai.

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HIDIVE, the newest addition to AMC Network’s portfolio of targeted streaming services, offers the best in anime and live-action entertainment to both die-hard otaku and burgeoning fans of Japanese pop-culture. In addition to its extensive library of movies and episodic series, each season HIDIVE brings a new selection of the latest titles from Japan in both simulcast and exclusive DUBCAST™ editions – all of which can be viewed on a wide array of platforms including web browsers, smartphones, TVs, streaming devices and gaming consoles. For more information on HIDIVE or to sign-up for a free 7-day trial, visit www.hidive.com.

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HIDIVE Acquires “My Master Has No Tail”

HOUSTON, TX — SEPTEMB ER 21, 2022 — HIDIVE announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to My Master Has No Tail, the anime adaptation of the manga serialized in Kodansha’s good! Afternoon magazine. The series will premiere exclusively on HIDIVE this fall.

Throughout time, supernatural, shapeshifting tanuki loved playing tricks on humankind. One plucky tanuki, Mameda, is no different. But there’s one big problem. She wasn’t born in the days of yore — she was born in modern, more cynical times! How can she fulfill her mischievous tanuki destiny when supernatural hijinks are a thing of the past? She finds an angle when she meets Bunko, a master of the Japanese art of rakugo, which uses storytelling to beguile its audience. Mameda is determined to use rakugo to cast a spell on humanity, but first this tanuki trickster must convince the no-nonsense Bunko to take her on as an apprentice.

The colorful world of My Master Has No Tail has been brought to life by animation studio LIDENFILMS (Call of the Night). It is directed by Hideyo Yamamoto (Cells at Work Code Black) with series composition from Touko Machida (Lucky Star). The series stars Hibiku Yamamura (Nanami Kuon in Ya Boy Kongming!) as Bunko and M.A.O (Yukari in Teasing Master Takagi-san) as Mameda.

The future home video release of My Master Has No Tail will be distributed by and available from Sentai.

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HIDIVE, the newest addition to AMC Network’s portfolio of targeted streaming services, offers the best in anime and live-action entertainment to both die-hard otaku and burgeoning fans of Japanese pop-culture. In addition to its extensive library of movies and episodic series, each season HIDIVE brings a new selection of the latest titles from Japan in both simulcast and exclusive DUBCAST™ editions – all of which can be viewed on a wide array of platforms including web browsers, smartphones, TVs, streaming devices and gaming consoles. For more information on HIDIVE or to sign-up for a free 7-day trial, visit www.hidive.com.

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WATCH FARMING MADE ME STRONGER ON HIDIVE BEGINNING OCTOBER 1!

The forces of evil usually have to worry about the Chosen OneTM prophesied to save the world; heroes with cliched names such as Leo Lionheart or Gale Shadowstrike. This time though? They need to worry about farmer Al Wayne. Tune in every Saturday starting October 1, 2022 at 9:30 AM ET (13:30 UTC) when HIDIVE streams I’ve Somehow Gotten Stronger When I Improved My Farm-Related Skills aka Farming Made Me Stronger (Noumin Kanren no Skill bakka Agetetara Nazeka Tsuyoku Natta.)!

Synopsis

Al Wayne loves farming — and we don’t mean the video game definition of the word. He wants to be a literal farmer, but in the process of improving his agriculture skills, he somehow winds up maxing out his overall character stats! He’s superpowered in the most unexpected of ways with abilities even the strongest of heroes would envy. Alas, all he wants is an idyllic farmer’s life, but with demons and monsters invading the realm, Al may have to take up the mantle of hero just to keep his dreams from withering away!

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HIDIVE IS BRINGING BACK THE 80S WITH SCI-FI ANIME SUPER DIMENSION CENTURY ORGUSS

HIDIVE’s bringing the 80s back one anime at a time. Get ready for 3 episodes per week of the action-packed sci-fi anime courtesy of our new acquisition, Super Dimension Century Orguss, every Friday starting September 30, 2022 at 12:00 PM ET (16:00 UTC)!

Synopsis

Desperate to put an end to a brutal war, pilot Kei Katsuragi launches a last attempt to destroy the weapon at the heart of the conflict: the dreaded Space/Time Oscillation Bomb. But Kei’s actions have unforeseen consequences and plunge his world into a maelstrom of intersecting alternate realities and timelines. Now he must try to reverse the effects of the detonated Space/Time Oscillation Bomb, but restoring the world to normal may be beyond his reach…

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“Akiba Maid War” Heading to HIDIVE

HOUSTON, TX — SEPTEMBER 27, 2022 — HIDIVE announced today that it will debut Akiba Maid War, an original anime project from P.A. Works (Ya Boy Kongming!) and Cygames (Zombie Land Saga), in October as part of its Fall 2022 simulcast lineup.

Akihabara is the center of the universe for the coolest hobbies and quirkiest amusements. In the spring of 1999, bright-eyed Nagomi Wahira moves there with dreams of joining a maid café. She quickly dons an apron at café Ton Tokoton, AKA the Pig Hut. But adjusting to life in bustling Akihabara isn’t as easy as serving tea and delighting customers. Paired with the dour Ranko who never seems to smile, Nagomi must do her best to elevate the Pig Hut over all other maid cafés vying for top ranking. Along the way she’ll slice out a place for herself amid the frills and thrills of life at the Pig Hut. Just when Nagomi’s dreams are within her grasp, she discovers not everything is as it seems amid the maid cafés of Akihabara.

Masui Soichi (Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai) directs the series while Nii Manabu (Kakegurui Twin, The Day I Became a God) serves as both the chief animation director and character designer. Akiba Maid War also stars Kondo Reina (Eta in The Eminence in Shadow and Ryo Shinonome in Cinderella Nine) as Nagomi Wahira and Sato Rina (Senjumaru Shutara in Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War and Kaede Kagayama in Non Biyori) as Ranko Mannen.

The future home video release for Akiba Maid War will be distributed by and available from Sentai.

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HIDIVE, the newest addition to AMC Network’s portfolio of targeted streaming services, offers the best in anime and live-action entertainment to both die-hard otaku and burgeoning fans of Japanese pop-culture. In addition to its extensive library of movies and episodic series, each season HIDIVE brings a new selection of the latest titles from Japan in both simulcast and exclusive DUBCAST™ editions – all of which can be viewed on a wide array of platforms including web browsers, smartphones, TVs, streaming devices and gaming consoles. For more information on HIDIVE or to sign-up for a free 7-day trial, visit www.hidive.com.

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HIDIVE TO STREAM “BIBLIOPHILE PRINCESS” EXCLUSIVELY THIS FALL

HOUSTON, TX — SEPTEMBER 26, 2022 — HIDIVE announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to Bibliophile Princess, the arresting historical drama anime based upon the light novel and manga of the same name. The series will premiere exclusively on HIDIVE during the Fall 2022 season.

Known as the Bibliophile Princess for her unquenchable love of books, Lady Eliana Bernstein wants nothing more than to shirk social duties in favor of retreating to the library. So, when the handsome Crown Prince Christopher promises to shield her from high-society drudgery in exchange for pretending to be his fiancée, she jumps at the chance to hide behind their sham relationship and read to her heart’s content (especially since he’s offered her access to the palace library). But much like the plot of her favorite novel, soon Eli’s feelings for the prince develop in unexpected ways, and she realizes she can’t always judge a royal book by its cover.

Bibliophile Princess is produced by studio Madhouse (NANA, Death Note) and is directed by Taro Iwasaki (One Week Friends) with series composition from Mitsutaka Hirota (Rent-A-Girlfriend). Mizuka Takahashi (sub-character design in Overlord III) provides character design. Reina Ueda (Kanao Tsuyuri in Demon Slayer) stars as Lady Eliana Bernstein alongside Ryohei Kimura (Hirotaka Wakamatsu in Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun) as Prince Christopher.

The future home video release of Bibliophile Princess will be distributed by and available from Sentai.

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HIDIVE, the newest addition to AMC Network’s portfolio of targeted streaming services, offers the best in anime and live-action entertainment to both die-hard otaku and burgeoning fans of Japanese pop-culture. In addition to its extensive library of movies and episodic series, each season HIDIVE brings a new selection of the latest titles from Japan in both simulcast and exclusive DUBCAST™ editions – all of which can be viewed on a wide array of platforms including web browsers, smartphones, TVs, streaming devices and gaming consoles. For more information on HIDIVE or to sign-up for a free 7-day trial, visit www.hidive.com.

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“Urusei Yatsura” and the Iconic Invader Girl Lum to Land on HIDIVE this Fall

HOUSTON, TX — September 26, 2022 — HIDIVE announced today its acquisition of Urusei Yatsura, the highly anticipated, new TV series based on the best-selling manga of the same name by legendary mangaka Rumiko Takahashi, the renowned creator of Inuyasha, Ranma ½ and Maison Ikkoku. A new adaptation of the beloved classic series, Urusei Yatsura features the instantly recognizable and utterly iconic character Invader Girl Lum and will premiere on HIDIVE during the Fall 2022 simulcast season.

When an alien race known as the Oni invade Earth, the chronically unlucky and unapologetically lecherous Ataru Moroboshi is selected as humanity’s representative in a duel for the fate of the planet! His opponent is Lum, the Oni’s very pretty princess, and it’s only thanks to Ataru’s unscrupulous behavior that he’s able to scrape out a win in a treacherous game of tag against her. Ataru thinks he’s had his lucky break at last, but when Lum takes a shine to him off the battlefield, the conflict follows him home as Lum invades not only planet Earth, but also the womanizing Ataru’s love life!

Animated by David Production (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind, Cells at Work, Fire Force), Urusei Yatsura is directed by Hideya Takahashi (director of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind) and Yasuhiro Kimura (director of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind) and written by Yuko Kakihara (scriptwriter for Cells at Work! and Kids on the Slope).

The series will star Sumire Uesaka (Rika Sonezaki in O Maidens in Your Savage Season, Hayase Nagatoro in Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro) as Lum, Hiroshi Kamiya (Levi in Attack on Titan, Trafalgar Law in One Piece) as Ataru Moroboshi, Maaya Uchida (Rikka in Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, Hiyori in Noragami) as Shinobu Miyaki and Mamoru Miyano (Light in Death Note, Rintaro in Steins;Gate) as Shutaro Mendo.

The future home video release of Urusei Yatsura will be distributed by and available from Sentai.

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CARDFIGHT!! VANGUARD WILL+DRESS ENGLISH DUB HEADING YOUR WAY THIS FALL!

Hey all you Cardfight!! fans out there: interested in seeing the latest season of will+Dress dubbed in English? So are we. Join us every Saturday starting October 1, 2022 at 12:10 PM ET (16:10 UTC) for new dubbed episodes of Cardfight!! Vanguard will+Dress!

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REINCARNATED AS A SWORD, THE LATEST ISEKAI ON HIDIVE, PREMIERES OCTOBER 5

What happens when you cross Sword Dad with a cat girl? You get Reincarnated as a Sword (Tensei shitara Ken deshita), which is streaming on HIDIVE! Join us every Wednesday starting October 5, 2022 at 10:30 AM ET (14:30 UTC) so you too can wonder who the actual main character is supposed to be!

Synopsis

Some isekai protagonists are reincarnated as powerful warriors or skilled wizards, but our protagonist was reborn in another life as a sentient sword! He’s taken up by Fran, a desperate girl fleeing evil-doers intent on selling her into slavery. With her new weapon’s help and guidance, she’s able to strike down her captors and secure her freedom. Together, this unconventional master-student duo embark on an epic journey to liberate those in need and exact justice on the cruel of heart.

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PETER GRILL AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S TIME: SUPER EXTRA COMES TO HIDIVE OCTOBER 9

You’re reading this post because you like risqué comedies, and Peter Grill and the Philosopher’s Time: Super Extra (Peter Grill to Kenja no Jikan: Super Extra) has that in spades. It’s even in the title of the 2nd season if you’re into acronyms. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Interested in seeing more? Then join us every Sunday starting October 9, 2022 at 12:30 PM ET (16:30 UTC)!

Synopsis

Peter Grill is back and ready for action! Between quelling a goblin incursion, improving trade negotiations with the dwarves, and dealing with a watchful sister who will go berserk if it means keeping him in line, Peter has his work cut out for him. He’s the strongest man in the world, and that means even more women are interested in his “other” talents. It will take every ounce of Peter’s nonexistent willpower to avoid temptation!

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AWARD-WINNING SERIES “DORORO” TO STREAM FOR FIRST TIME EVER IN ENGLISH DUB STARTING THIS JANUARY ON HIDIVE

HOUSTON, TX — October 10, 2022 — Coming this January, the 2019 supernatural action series Dororo arrives on HIDIVE. Previously streaming elsewhere in subtitles only, this critically praised anime from Tezuka Productions (Kids on the Slope, Young Jack Black) and MAPPA (Ushio & Tora, Jujutsu Kaisen) will now be available for fans to stream in both English sub and dub for the very first time. Directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi (Hunter x Hunter) and written by Yasuko Kobayashi (Attack on Titan), the 24-episode TV series is based on the Dororo manga series by legendary mangaka Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy).

During the Warring States period, the young thief Dororo encounters the enigmatic Hyakkimaru, a strange sightless boy who wields fearsome prosthetics in place of his missing limbs. Parts of Hyakkimaru’s body, skin and organs were traded to a group of 12 demons by his father in exchange for power and prosperity. Thanks to a kindly medicine man, Hyakkimaru survived this horrifying ordeal and now wanders the land in search of his missing body parts. Together, he and Dororo will fight to survive in a demon-plagued, dangerous and unforgiving world.

Dororo features the English dub originally produced by Sentai for the series’ home video release. The English dub cast stars Adam Gibbs (Tokyo Ghoul:re) as Hyakkimaru, Chaney Moore (Food Wars!) as Dororo, Ty Mahany (Baki) as Jukai and Patricia Duran (Princess Principal) as Nuinokata. The original Japanese cast stars Hiroki Suzuki (Kamen Rider Decade) as Hyakkimaru, Rio Suzuki (Modest Heroes) as Dororo, Akio Otsuka (Mob Psycho 100) as Jukai and Chie Nakamura (Naruto) as Nuinokata.

The home video release of Dororo is available in both Complete Collection and Premium Box Set editions from Sentai.

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ANIME SPINOFF “LUPIN ZERO” HEADED TO HIDIVE AS EXCLUSIVE NEW SERIES THIS DECEMBER

HOUSTON, TX — October 24, 2022 — HIDIVE, home of the LUPIN THE 3RD anime series, has acquired exclusive rights to the new spin-off series LUPIN ZERO. Set in the 1960s during Japan’s Showa Era, this original anime story centers on a teenaged Lupin III and delves into his untold origins as the world’s greatest thief. LUPIN ZERO will run for six episodes and debuts on Friday, December 16 on HIDIVE. To celebrate the new series, HIDIVE will co-host the world premiere screening of LUPIN ZERO at Anime NYC on Friday, November 18 at 6:30 pm.

“We’re thrilled to launch the new original anime LUPIN ZERO this December as an exclusive series only available on HIDIVE, home of the LUPIN THE 3RD anime series,” said John Ledford, President and General Manager of HIDIVE. “Lupin III has been entertaining audiences for over 50 years and this fan-favorite character is returning with all new mysteries – but this time as a teenager in junior high in 1960’s Tokyo. This new action series will not disappoint!”

Lupin III, a bored junior high schooler in Tokyo, takes an interest in a young Daisuke Jigen, a mysterious and impressive marksman. Lupin III strikes up a conversation with Jigen at a nightclub, however during their talk, Jigen concludes that Lupin III is simply a privileged and naïve boy from a well-to-do family and doesn’t want anything to do with him. However, while helping the nightclub singer Yoko, who is being pursued by the yakuza, Jigen learns that Lupin III is a descendant of the legendary thief…

The production of LUPIN ZERO reunited LUPIN THE 3RD PART 5 alumni Daisuke Sakou (director), Ichirou Okouchi (series supervisor), Asami Taguchi (character designer) and animation studio Telecom Animation Film, which separately also animated LUPIN THE 3RD PART 2 and PART 4.

In advance of the new series’ December release, Lupin III fans can relive the thrills of the complete six-part series LUPIN THE 3RD – only on HIDIVE and available in both English sub and dub.

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HIDIVE, the newest addition to AMC Network’s portfolio of targeted streaming services, offers the best in anime and live-action entertainment to both die-hard otaku and burgeoning fans of Japanese pop-culture. In addition to its extensive library of movies and episodic series, each season HIDIVE brings a new selection of the latest titles from Japan in both simulcast and exclusive DUBCAST™ editions – all of which can be viewed on a wide array of platforms including web browsers, smartphones, TVs, streaming devices, and gaming consoles. For more information on HIDIVE or to sign-up for a free 7-day trial, visit www.hidive.com.

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CO-PRODUCTION “GIANT BEASTS OF ARS” AND “THE TUNNEL TO SUMMER, THE EXIT OF GOODBYES” MOVIE TOP LIST OF HIDIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS AT ANIME WEEKEND ATLANTA

ATLANTA, GAOctober 28, 2022 — Tonight, HIDIVE revealed a long list of announcements to fans during its industry panel event at this year’s Anime Weekend Atlanta. This included the action -adventure series GIANT BEASTS OF ARS, an original anime and HIDIVE’s first ever co-production, which will premiere in January during the company’s Winter 2023 simulcast season. HIDIVE also announced the acquisition of two feature films and a theatrical OVA, including The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes, a film based on the award-winning light novel of the same name and planned for theatrical release during the first quarter of 2023, as well as the theatrical OVA Mirage QUEEN Prefers Circus and the film UtanoPrincesama Maji LOVE ST ☆RISH TOURS – both of which will be also released in 2023 on HIDIVE and in theaters, respectively. In addition to these acquisitions and rounding-out the list of announcements, HIDIVE also detailed the English DUBCASTSM Edition debuts for the current Fall 2022 Simulcast Season series Akiba Maid War, The Eminence in Shadow, URUSEI YATSURA and Reincarnated as a Sword. Earlier this week, HIDIVE confirmed the upcoming December 16 launch of the original anime LUPIN ZERO. HIDIVE will be co-hosting a world premiere screening of LUPIN ZERO in November during Anime NYC.

NEW ACQUISITION GIANT BEASTS OF ARS

HIDIVE Winter 2023 Simulcast Season – Premiering in January 2023
The great beasts created the land, but humans stole it. Angered, the beasts began eating humans, who in turn called upon the gods to fight the beasts. In the age of the sword, heroes and mythology, giant beasts are hunted by humans for profit. Jiro, who makes his living hunting beasts, encounters Kuumi, who is being chased by someone, and in that moment decides to save her. As rumors spread regarding humanity and a mysterious experiment, together they seek to discover the world’s secrets.
GIANT BEASTS OF ARS is a co-production of DMM.com and HIDIVE animated by ASAHI PRODUCTION with direction by Akira Oguro and writing by Norimitsu Kaihou.

NEW ACQUISITION The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes

Q1’2023 Theatrical Release – Followed by Streaming Release on HIDIVE
Urashima Tunnel - Once you enter that tunnel, you can get whatever you want, but at a price. Kaoru Tohno, who seems to have an elusive personality and traumatic past, and Anzu Hanashiro, who is struggling to reconcile her ideal image and true-to-heart attitude, team up to investigate the Urashima Tunnel and get what they want. This is an unforgettable summer story of nostalgia and sprinting in a remote countryside.
An animated film based on the award-winning novel by Mei Hachimoku, The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes is written and directed by Tomohisa Taguchi and animated by CLAP. Runtime: 83 minutes.

NEW ACQUISITION Mirage QUEEN Prefers Circus

Direct to HIDIVE – 2023 Streaming Release
They always steal the prey they aim for. That is Phantom Thief Queen. Gender, age, nationality unknown. Together with their partner Joker, RD, they travel around the world on the airship Troubadour. This time, the Queen is aiming for a cursed jewel, the legendary Rose of Linden. A hypnotist, an acrobat, a magician…the talented circus members challenge the Queen! What is their purpose? In order to get back the jewel, the Queen stands up to the challenge in a bold and brilliant way (or disguise). Nothing is impossible for the Queen!
A theatrical OVA based on first novel of the Mirage Queen series, Mirage QUEEN Prefers Circus is animated by East Fish Studio and directed by Saori Den with writing by Mariko Kunisawa. Runtime: 60 minutes.

NEW ACQUISITION Utano ☆Princesama Maji LOVE ST ☆RISH Tours

Q1’2023 Theatrical Release – Followed by Streaming Release on HIDIVE
With the great success of “Maji LOVE LIVE Kingdom”,
the members of ST
RISH have been busy with their idol activities. However, while their success has brought a sense of fulfillment, they began to have feelings they never felt before. “What do we do from now on…” At that time, a call comes in from the Shining Office summoning everyone to receive a "reward.” What is it…? This is the behind-the-scenes story of ST RISH, connecting “Maji LOVE Kingdom” to the "Maji LOVE ST RISH Tours."
This animated film from A-1 Pictures is directed by Chiaki Nagaoka with music by Elements Garden. Runtime: 102 minutes.

DUBCASTS ANNOUNCEMENTS FALL 2022 SIMULCAST SEASON

The following Fall 2022 Simulcast Season series will receive English DUBCASTSM Editions. Further details including premiere dates and cast lists will be announced later.
Akiba Maid War The Eminence in Shadow URUSEI YATSURA Reincarnated as a Sword

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HIDIVE, the newest addition to AMC Network’s portfolio of targeted streaming services, offers the best in anime and live-action entertainment to both die-hard otaku and burgeoning fans of Japanese pop-culture. In addition to its extensive library of movies and episodic series, each season HIDIVE brings a new selection of the latest titles from Japan in both simulcast and exclusive DUBCAST™ editions – all of which can be viewed on a wide array of platforms including web browsers, smartphones, TVs, streaming devices, and gaming consoles. For more information on HIDIVE or to sign-up for a free 7-day trial, visit www.hidive.com.

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HIMOUTO UMARU-CHAN R FINALLY GETS A DUB ON NOVEMBER 23!

Himouto Umaru-chan R is getting a dub? It’s about time; why did it take so long, anyway? There were plenty of behind-the-scenes reasons, but we never gave up on the idea of dubbing the second season one day. That day has finally arrived, and to make it up to all of you for waiting this long, we’re releasing the English dub for ALL 12 episodes on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 12:00 PM EST (17:00 UTC)!

Synopsis

Umaru Doma has a secret: in public, she’s a reserved and perfect beauty. At home, she devolves into a junk food connoisseur whose talents include video games, reading manga, watching anime, and annoying her big brother, Taihei. This season reunites Umaru with her friends: country girl Nana, quiet Kirie, and closet nerd Sylphynford. What adventures await Umaru-chan now?

English Crew

Director - Kyle Colby Jones
ADR Writer - Kyle Colby Jones
Audio Engineer - Jonathan Rodriguez
Mix and Sound Design - Brent Marshall

English Cast

Umaru Doma - Emily Neves
Taihei Doma - Adam Noble
Kirie Motoba - Jad Saxton
Sylphynford Tachibana - Christina Kelly
Nana Ebina - Sara Ornelas
Alex - Scott Gibbs
Bomber - Jason Douglas
Hikari - Kira Vincent-Davis
Ms. Kanau - Maggie Flecknoe
Anime Guy - Ryan Anthony
Arcade Employee - Kyle Colby Jones
Arcade Manager - John Swasey
Awards Announcer - Annie Wilde
Big Bang - Star Carter
Brother - Ryan Anthony
Cashier - Joanne Bonasso
Chef Koichiro - Bryson Baugus
Clerk - Annie Wilde
Daughter - Samantha Stevens
Diamond Sultry Voice - Star Carter
Diamond Voice - Mike Boike
Donald NcDonald - Kyle Colby Jones
Ebina’s Brother - Blake Jackson
Ebina’s Father - John Swasey
Ebina’s Mother - Allison Sumrall
Employee - Dee Vera
Flipper - Cody House
Game Commentator - Andrew Love
Geriatric Landlord - Kyle Colby Jones
Guidance Counselor - Dee Vera
Horoscope - Joanne Bonasso
Jogger - Cody House
Lonely Boy - Shannon Reed
Loverboy - Kyle Colby Jones
Lovergirl - Joanne Bonasso
Miki Tachibana - Joanne Bonasso
Monster Beast - Andrew Love
Mother - Joanne Bonasso
Movie Hype Man - Shannon Reed
Mr. Motoba - Andrew Love
Ms. Gossip - Star Carter
Nacon - Bryson Baugus
Narrator - John Swasey
Office Lady - Annie Wilde
Pokee Player - Joanne Bonasso
Pounder - John Swasey
Principal - John Swasey
Proctor - Joanne Bonasso
Reading Girl - Joanne Bonasso
Referee - Cody House
Santa Daddy - Kyle Colby Jones
Sister - Star Carter
Sous Chef - Blake Jackson
Tall Guy - Shannon Reed
Teacher Glasses - Annie Wilde
Vice Principal - Kyle Colby Jones
Victim - Kyle Colby Jones
Anime Song Shills - Mike Boike, Natalie Jones
Announcer - Cody House, Joanne Bonasso
Chomp Chomp - John Swasey, Natalie Jones
Cura Crew - Alex Bedford, Annie Wilde, Dee Vera, Joanne Bonasso
Customers - Annie Wilde, Cody House
Gossip Girls - Alex Bedford, Allison Sumrall, Annie Wilde, Crystal Boike, Dee Vera, Joanne Bonasso, Natalie Jones, Samantha Stevens
Smitten Boys - Blake Jackson, Cody House, Ryan Anthony
Soccer Players - Alex Bedford, Annie Wilde, Crystal Boike, Joanne Bonasso, Maggie Flecknoe, Natalie Jones, Star Carter
Students - Alex Bedford, Annie Wilde, Brittany Deans, Kyle Colby Jones, Patrick Marero, Shannon Reed, Star Carter
Swimming Enthusiasts - Alex Bedford, Crystal Boike, Natalie Jones, Samantha Stevens, Star Carter
Waitress - Crystal Boike, Natalie Jones

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HIDIVE REVEALS EXCLUSIVE NEW SERIES “OSHI NO KO” AS PART OF EXCITING NEW SLATE OF 2023 ACQUISITIONS DEBUTING AT ANIME NYC 2022

HOUSTON, TX — November 19, 2022 — HIDIVE announced today its acquisition of Oshi no Ko, the highly anticipated new anime drama series adapted from the award-winning seinen manga written by Aka Akasaka (Kaguya-sama: Love is War) and illustrated by Mengo Yokoyari (Scrum’s Wish), which will premiere in 2023 with a special 90-minute first episode and be available exclusively on HIDIVE. Set in the cutthroat world of showbiz, the Oshi no Ko manga series first premiered in Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump in April 2020 and since then, has grown to encompass nine volumes with more than 3.8 million copies in print.

When a pregnant young starlet appears in Gorou Amemiya’s countryside medical clinic, the doctor takes it upon himself to safely (and secretly) deliver Ai Hoshino’s child so she can make a scandal-free return to the stage. But no good deed goes unpunished, and on the eve of her delivery, he finds himself slain at the hands of Ai’s deluded stalker — and subsequently reborn as Ai’s child, Aquamarine Hoshino! The glitz and glamor of showbiz hide the dark underbelly of the entertainment industry, threatening to dull the shine of his favorite star. Can he help his new mother rise to the top of the charts? And what will he do when unthinkable disaster strikes?

Since its launch, the manga series has received numerous awards, nominations and accolades including wins at both the Next Manga Awards and 46th Annual Kodansha Manga Awards, in 2021 and 2022 respectively, as well as nominations for the Shogakukan Manga Award and 26th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize. In strong affirmation of the manga’s universal popularity, in March 2022, Oshi no Ko was named #5 on the 2022 AniRank, AnimeJapan’s annual poll of the Top 10 “Manga We Want To See Animated” – just three months before plans for the Oshi no Ko anime adaptation were announced publicly.

Oshi no Ko will be directed by Daisuke Hiramaki (Selection Project) and Chao Nekotomi (Love is Like a Cocktail) together with writing by Jin Tanaka (The Misfit of Demon King Academy), character design by Kanna Hirayama (Rent-A-Girlfriend) and animation by production studio Doga Kobo (Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle). The voice cast will star Rie Takahashi (Teasing Master Takagi-san3) as Ai Hoshino.

Ahead of the anime’s Spring release, Yen Press will be publishing the first-ever English paperback edition of the Oshi no Ko manga series. Volume 1 will hit bookshelves on January 17, 2023 and is currently available for pre-order.

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ABOUT HIDIVE
HIDIVE, the newest addition to AMC Network’s portfolio of targeted streaming services, offers the best in anime and live-action entertainment to both die-hard otaku and burgeoning fans of Japanese pop-culture. In addition to its extensive library of movies and episodic series, each season HIDIVE brings a new selection of the latest titles from Japan in both simulcast and exclusive DUBCAST™ editions – all of which can be viewed on a wide array of platforms including web browsers, smartphones, TVs, streaming devices, and gaming consoles. For more information on HIDIVE or to sign-up for a free 7-day trial, visit www.hidive.com.

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WATCH THE FIRST 9 EPISODES OF KAIJI DUBBED ON HIDIVE

It’s been a long time coming, but the English Kaiji dub is finally coming to streaming! We’re rolling out the dub a little differently this time around. Tune in on Monday, November 28, 2022 at 12:00 ET (17:00 UTC) for the first 9 dubbed episodes Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor!

Synopsis

Unemployed degenerate Kaiji Ito spent his time drinking, gambling, and racking up bills, and was sure that his life had hit rock bottom. Then that bottom fell out when Endo the Loan Shark arrived to inform him of a friend’s default on a loan that Kaiji foolishly co-signed, making Kaiji responsible for a soul crushing 3,000,000 yen! But there is one possible way out; if Kaiji goes to a secret gambling ship and plays successfully for one night, his debt could be absolved. It’s a trick, of course, but what choice does Kaiji have? Trapped into playing a series of increasingly ruthless contests that are hopelessly rigged against the players, Kaiji finds himself a pawn in a competition where the game pieces aren’t expected to survive… and the real players are all actively betting against KAIJI!

English Crew

Director - Kyle Colby Jones
ADR Writer - Marta Bechtol, Kyle Colby Jones
Sound Engineers - Jonathan Rodriguez, Matt Wittmeyer
Mix and Sound Design - Brent Marshall

English Cast

Kaiji - Jeremy Gee
Narrator - David Wald
Mr. Tonegawa - Dave Harbold
Endo - David Matranga
Hyodo - Marty Fleck
Furuhata - Tyler Galindo
Ando - Sean Patrick Judge
Funai - Gabriel Regojo
Kitami - Scott Gibbs
Okabayashi - Chris Hutchison
Ishida - John Swasey
Hyena - Bobby Haworth
Takada - Matthew Rudd
Sakai - Jay Hickman
Zawa Voice - Kyle Colby Jones
MIB Kawasaki - Ty Mahany
MIB Ogino - John Gremillion

Additional Voices
Mark Mendelsohn
Shannon Reed
Camryn Nunley
Shane Finemore
James Marlor
Patrick Marrero
Shane Finemore
Chris Hutchison
Blake Weir
Johnny Knight

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GIRLS UND PANZER DAS FINALE PART 3 ROLLS OUT ON HIDIVE WITH AN ENGLISH DUB

You can never have too much Girls und Panzer, which is probably why we’ve reached the third installment of a movie series with “Finale” in the name. But it works out for all of you in the end since HIDIVE is bringing you both the sub AND dub of Girls und Panzer das Finale - Part 3 on Monday, December 19, 2022 at 12:00 PM ET (17:00 UTC)!

Synopsis
Firepower and strategy are the name of the game as six more schools square off on three additional battlegrounds. As Oarai’s tank team continues their brutal face off against Chi-Ha-Tan, the firefights also rage between Anzio and St. Gloriana, Kuromorimine and Pravda, and Jatkosota and Saunders. Six teams enter and only the survivors will advance!

English Crew

Director - John Swasey
ADR Script - Marta Bechto
English Mix - Brent Marshall
Audio Engineer - Patrick Marrero

English Cast

Oarai Girls Academy

Aya - Juliet Simmons
Ayumi - Savana Menzel
Azusa - Allison Sumrall
Caesar - Shannon Emerick
Cutlass - Alyssa Marek
Erwin - Luci Christian
Flint - Amber Lee Connors
Gomoyo - Shelley Calene-Black
Hana - Caitlyn French
Isobe - Genevieve Simmons
Kadotani - Chelsea McCurdy
Karina - Monica Rial
Kawashina - Elizabeth Maxwell
Kondou - Kalin Coates
Koyama - Meaghan Avacato
Mako - Molly Searcy
Miho - Margaret MacDonald
Momoga - Olivia Swasey
Murakami - Morgan Berry
Nakajima - Juliet Simmons
Nekonya - Natalie Rial
Ogin - Dawn Bennett
Oryo - Elissa Cuellar
Pazomi - Emily Neves
Piyotan - Maggie Flecknoe
Rum - Sarah Weidenheft
Saemonza - Tiffany Terrell
Saori - Jessica Calvello
Sasaki - Carli Mosier
Sodoko - Tiffany Grant
Suzuki - Brittany Karbowski
Tsuchiya - Luci Christian
Yukari - Rebekah Stevens
Yuuki - Maggie Flecknoe

Chi-Ha-Tan Academy

Fukuda - Terri Doty
Hamada - Whitney Rodgers
Hasegawa - Taylor Fono
Hirai - Elissa Cuellar
Hosomi - Joanne Bonasso
Ikeda - Genevieve Simmons
Kubota - Emily Neves
Nagura - Kara Greenberg
Nishi - Chrsity Guidry
Nishihara - Kristen McGuire
Tamada - Chaney Moore
Tramoto - Mai Le
Uenishi - Sara Gaston

St. Gloriana Girl’s High School

Assam - Brittany Karbowski
Darjeeling - Kara Greenberg
Orange Pekoe - Christina Kelly
Rosehip - Emily Neves

Saunders Girl High School

Alisa - Brittany Karbowski
Kay - Emily Neves
Naomi - Patricia Duran

Anzio High School

Amaretto - Morgan Berry
Anchovy - Kira Vincent-Davis
Carpaccio - Chelsea McCurdy
Pepporoni - Christina Kelly

Pravda Girls High School

Alina - Tiffany Grant
Katyusha - Hilary Haag
Klara - Christina Kelly
Nina - Monica Rial
Nonna - Shannon Emerick

Kuromoremine Girls Academy

Akaboshi - Ellen Evans
Erika - Katelynn Barr
Maho - Kim Prause
Kojima - Olivia Swasey

Jatkosota High School

Aki - Melissa Molano
Mika - Kelly Greenshield
Mikko - Jenny Strader

All-Stars University Team

Azumi - Melissa Pritchett
Rumi - Autumn Woods

BC Freedom Academy

Ando - Alexis Tipton
Marie - Cat Thomas
Oshida - Jade Kelly

Additional Voices
Olivia Swasey
Jade Kelly
Alexis Tipton
Talylor Fono

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GET READY: THE EMINENCE IN SHADOW ENGLISH DUB STARTS DECEMBER 26 ONLY ON HIDIVE!

Attention all members of Shadow Garden (you know who you are): Our Lord and Master Shadow has decreed HIDIVE air The Eminence in Shadow (Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute!) DUBCASTSM Edition starting Monday, December 26, 2022 at 12:00 PM ET (17:00 UTC)!

Shadow has also demanded we release the official English cast list. We don’t know why, but we won’t question his wisdom; he has his reasons.

Synopsis

Cid doesn’t want to be a flashy hero or a dastardly villain. He wants to operate in the shadows and pull the strings of society with wit and cleverness. So when he’s isekai’d to another world, he spins a yarn or three and becomes the unlikely leader of the underground Shadow Garden organization that fights against a menacing cult, which he totally made up. Except he didn’t; not exactly. Little does he know the cult is real, and they’re not happy that his power fantasy just impeded their plans!

English Crew

Director - John Swasey
ADR Script - Kalin Black
English Mix - Brent Marshall
Audio Engineer - Patrick Marrero

English Cast

Cid Kageno/Shadow - Adam Gibbs
Akane - Natalie Rial
Alexia - Olivia Swasey
Alpha - Christina Kelly
Beta - Annie Wild
Gamma - Elissa Cuellar
Delta - Raven Troup
Epsilon - Ellen Evans
Zeta - Dominique Meyer
Claire - Luci Christian
Iris - Patricia Duran
Po - Greg Ayres
Skel - Nathan Wilson
Zenon - Scott Gibbs
Kidnapper 1 - Andrew Love
Kidnapper 2 - Michael Wronski
Monster - Cyrus Rodas

Additional Voices
Jay Hickman
Dominique Meyer
Joe Daniels
Annie Wild
Andrew Love
Ellen Evans
Elissa Cuellar
Michael Wronski
Raven Troup
Shelley Calene-Black
Brandon Hearnsberger
Courtland Johnson
Jeremy Gee
Hilary Haag
Liz Lucio
Donna Bella Litton
Kyle Jones
Cyrus Rodas
Josh Swasey

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DON’T MISS TOKA GETTAN, THE MOONLIGHT LADY RETURNS THIS DECEMBER ON HIDIVE

In the mood for supernatural romance? Then you don’t want to miss Toka Gettan on HIDIVE. Get ready for two episodes every Tuesday starting December 27, 2022 at 12:00 ET (17:00 UTC)!

Synopsis

Toka Kamiazuma inherited his clan’s duty to protect the magical land of Kamitsumihara when he discovered his body holds Sekiken, a mythical stone sword, but his connection to the land only deepens when he meets the strangely intriguing Momoka Kawakabe. Inexplicably drawn to one another, soon destiny’s inescapable threads pull Toka and Momoka into a web of dark secrets and ancient tragedies that will bring an ancient legend to life and change the face of Kamitsumihara forevermore.

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HIDIVE RINGS IN THE HOLIDAYS EARLY FOR FANS WITH NEW WINTER 2023 SIMULCASTS “FARMING LIFE IN ANOTHER WORLD” AND “IPPON! AGAIN”

HOUSTON, TX — December 21, 2022 — HIDIVE is bringing the gift of anime to shōnen fans this holiday season with the new simulcast series Farming Life in Another World and Ippon! again. Both will launch next season and will entertain subscribers with their unique mix of slice of life plus fantasy or sports drama, respectively. Today’s announcement caps off the company’s upcoming simulcast line-up of nearly a dozen new series – part of an overall slate of 14 new titles set to debut on HIDIVE during Winter 2023.

Farming Life in Another World

Life cut short by illness at just 39 years old, Machio Hiraku knows not to take simple blessings for granted. When a godlike figure gives him given a chance to live again, Hiraku has only the simplest of wishes for his new life: to be healthy, to live peacefully, to speak the local language, and to spend his days on an idyllic farm. Fresh air, sunshine, honest work, and good company combine to form the happy, peaceful existence Hiraku has always dreamed of.

Farming Life in Another World is based on the currently 12-volume, fantasy light novel series written by Kinosuke Naito and published by Kadokawa since October 30, 2017. The anime series will be directed by Ryōichi Kuraya (Overlord, Tsugumomo 2) with writing by Touko Machida (My Master Has No Tail, I’ve Somehow Gotten Stronger When I Improved My Farm-Related Skills) and animation by production studio Zero-G (Doreiku The Animation, Tsugumomo 2).

Ippon! again

After one last tournament and an embarrassing loss in the final round, Michi decides to call it quits on the sport of judo. Between high school social activities and entrance exams, she’ll have no time to compete in the martial art she loves most, but putting aside old hobbies is a normal part of growing up. Still, the love of judo lingers—and it comes back full force when she meets her new classmate Towa, the girl who bested Michi in her final match! Towa wants to form a judo club at their school, but she’ll need new members to get it up and running. United by their love of judo, they’ll throw in their passions into the ring together and score ippon again!

Ippon! again is based on the now 20-volume, sports drama manga series created by Yu Muraoka that launched on October 18, 2018, in Akita Shoten’s Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine. The anime series features Takeru Ogihara in his TV directorial debut along with writing by Aya Satsuki (My Master Has No Tail) and animation by Tatsunoko Production’s Bakken Record (Pandora to Akubi, Exception).

For the latest announcements regarding these and other great titles, follow HIDIVE on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

ABOUT HIDIVE
HIDIVE, the newest addition to AMC Network’s portfolio of targeted streaming services, offers the best in anime and live-action entertainment to both die-hard otaku and burgeoning fans of Japanese pop-culture. In addition to its extensive library of movies and episodic series, each season HIDIVE brings a new selection of the latest titles from Japan in both simulcast and exclusive DUBCAST™ editions – all of which can be viewed on a wide array of platforms including web browsers, smartphones, TVs, streaming devices, and gaming consoles. For more information on HIDIVE or to sign-up for a free 7-day trial, visit www.hidive.com.

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