Crunchyroll made a couple of new show announcements today, with the addition of a pair of princely anime to the spring 2013 lineup. Both Majestic Prince and Uta no Prince-sama 2 are gearing up to kick off this week, with the first season of the latter joining the roster, as well.
Majestic Prince is based on the manga written by Rando Ayamine and illustrated by Hikaru Nijima. The show will broadcast every Thursday starting April 4 at 8:00 am Pacific Time for premium members, with episodes popping up a week later for free members.
The series will be available to members in the United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.
The story takes place in the future where humanity has reached out into space to gather more resources, including sending out genetically modified teenagers into deep space to mine asteroids with giant robots. At first glance, Majestic Prince appears to have all the trappings of an action-packed robot-fighting series, but upon closer inspection, Majestic Prince does not take itself too seriously and injects a good dose of humor into the whole story.
Directed by Keitaro Motonaga, whose other works include Katanagatari and Jormungand, and features character designs that will be familiar to fans of Gundam Seed and Fafner of the Azure, done by Hisashi Hirai. The voice cast includes Hiroki Aiba as Izuru Hitachi, Shintao Asanuma as Toshikazu Asagi, Yuka Iguchi as Tamaki Irie, Yoko Hikasa as Kei kugimiya, and Junya Ikeda rounding out the main group as Ataru Suruga.
The other show announced today, Uta no Prince-sama 2, continues the series on April 3, with episodes broadcast every Wednesday at 11:05 am Pacific Time for premium members. Free members can start digging in on April 10.
Uta no Prince-sama 2, AKA Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ maji LOVE 2000%, is based on the visual novel game, and don’t be concerned if you missed the first season, because it’s set to join the Crunchyroll library at a later date. Regional availability will be the same for both: United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Netherlands, and Scandinavia.
Uta no Prince Sama 2 is the sequel to the anime Uta no Prince Sama 1, both of which are based off of the popular visual novel game for the Sony PlayStation Portable. The plot centers around a girl named Haruka Nanami who enters the prestigious performing arts school Saotome Academy and dreams of being a composer for her favorite idol. However, when she winds up being partnered with six gorgeous male idols-in-training, in a school where romance is prohibited, things start to get interesting!
Produced by the famed A-1 Pictures animation studio (Fairy Tail, Anohana, Sword Art Online), Uta no Prince Sama 2 stars six talented singers/voice actors in the roles of the six main male characters: Hiro Shimono as Syo Kurusu, Junichi Suwabe as Ren Jinguji, Kenichi Suzumura as Masato Hijirikawa, Kisho Taniyama as Natsuki Shinomiya, Mamoru Miyano as Tokiya Ichinose, and Takuma Terashima as Otoya Ittoki. Veteran voice actress Miyuki Sawashiro stands out among all the guys as their female composer, Haruka Nanami.