The fall 2019 anime series Azure Lane is getting some simulcast love here as Funimation revealed their pickup of it yesterday – and we have a review of the first episode. That’s what I get for taking some time off yesterday afternoon! The service will bring out the show weekly on Thursdays while a simuldub will begin on October 17th, 2019. Availability is set for the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
The series has Tensho directing at Bibury Animation Studio, which he founded. Jin Haganeya in on board to handle the scripts while Masayuki Nonaka is serving as the character designer and chief animation director.
The Japanese cast includes Yui Ishikawa as Enterprise and Mai Nakahara as Akagi along with Yui Horie, Yō Taichi, Maria Naganawa, and Nozomi Yamane reprising their roles as Belfast, Ayanami, Laffey, and Javelin from the game.
It also gives us a taste of the opening theme song “graphite/diamond” by May’n while the ending song is “Gikari no Michishirube” by Kano.
Game Concept: Azur Lane features an interactive combat system that combines the best of strategy and 2D shooter games. Players must command a flotilla, divided into two parts: the Vanguard Fleet and the Main Fleet. While the Vanguard is responsible for striking and clearing operations, the Main Fleet must focus on fire support and dealing damage to enemy ships. Strategy is key, and players must build their fleets carefully to succeed on the high seas. Players can strengthen their fleets from the base via the Academy and Dorms, where they can earn experience points, buy items from the shop, or improve their skills in the Classroom.