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Crunchyroll, Fuji TV, Slow Curve reveal new +Ultra Titles

January 20, 2022

Announced during the +Ultra event from the Fuji TV Multi Theater in Tokyo, Japan, Crunchyroll, Fuji TV, and Slow Curve shared new details on the previously announced ESTAB LIFE: GREAT ESCAPE and newly announced Ooyukiumi No Kaina  (working titles) anime series, premiering April 2022 and January 2023, respectively, as part of the +Ultra programming partnership between the three companies.

An original anime title by hit producer and chief director Goro Taniguchi (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion), ESTAB LIFE: GREAT ESCAPE takes place in the experimental city “Tokyo”, which is managed by artificial intelligence and home to a mix of various human races. Hiroyuki Hashimoto (Is the Order a Rabbit?) is the series director with Shoji Gato (Full Metal Panic!) as series composition and screenplay, Yusuke Kozaki (Pokemon Go) for character design concept, and Polygon Pictures (Knights of Sidonia) for animation. The anime series will premiere in April 2022 on Fuji TV’s +Ultra block and will be simulcast on Crunchyroll worldwide outside of Asia. Square Enix (Dragon Quest; Final Fantasy series) will develop the ESTAB LIFE: UNITY MEMORIES tie-in mobile game. The theatrical anime feature, ESTAB LIFE: REVENGERS’ ROAD, will tell a new story, building on the anime series and the mobile game, with Goro Taniguchi set to direct and write the script.

An original new story from popular manga artist Tsutomu Nihei (Aposimz, Knights of Sidonia, BLAME!), Ooyukiumi No Kaina follows the journey of Kaina and Liliha (working name), two young people from different worlds,whose journey to save the world begins upon their introduction. The anime series will debut in January 2023 on Fuji TV’s +Ultra block and will be simulcast on Crunchyroll worldwide outside of Asia. Hiroaki Ando (Listeners; Ajin: Demi-Human) serves as the anime series director. Polygon Pictures (BLAME!; Knights of Sidonia) will be developing the animation. A manga of the series will be drawn by Itoe Takemoto (The Beast Player) and published in Monthly Shōnen Sirius by Kodansha starting February 26, 2022. Kodansha will be making the English manga simulpub available on Crunchyroll.

These series are the first of many to come from the +Ultra programming partnership between global anime brand Crunchyroll, Fuji TV and all-round creative company Slow Curve. The partnership, announced in 2021, includes the joint co-development and co-production of anime series for broadcast in Japan on Fuji TV’s +Ultra programming block and for streaming on Crunchyroll in more than 200 countries and territories.

Crunchyroll will exclusively stream each series day and date with the premiere on +Ultra, Fuji TV’s midnight anime block that launched in October 2018, offering world-class anime titles to viewers in Japan. Crunchyroll will also manage the licensing and consumer products rights for each title worldwide outside of Asia.

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