Funimation has been engaging with a few Aniplex USA titles, some of which have expired on other services recently, and been adding them to their own service. The latest Aniplex USA title to slide over to Funimation is the Aldnoah.Zero. Both seasons are available on the service in either its original Japanese language with English subtitles or the English-language dub.
The series comes from Gen Urobochi of Madoka Magica and Psycho-Pass fame. The first season was set up at A-1 Pictures and TROYCA and was directed by Ei Aoki with Takako Shimura handling the character designs while Kenji Teraoka will be dealing with the mecha designs. With the original story by Urobochi, Katsuhiko Takayama handled the series composition overall.
The Japanese cast includes Natsuki Hanae as Inaho Kaizuka, Kensho Ono as Slaine Troyard, Sora Amamiya as Asseylum Vers Allushia, Sachika Misawa as Rayet Areash, Mikako Komatsu as Inko Amifumi, Taishi Murata as Calm Craftman, Ai Kakuma as Nina Klein, Yoshitaka Yamaya as Okisuke Mikuni, Sayaka Ohara as Yuki Kaiduka, Kazuya Nakai as Koichiro Marito, Kousuke Toriumi as Soma Yagarai, Ai Kayano as Darzana Magbaredge, Yu Shimamura as Kaoru Mizusaki, Inori Minase as Eddelrittuo, Sho Hayami as Cruhteo, Daisuke Hirakawa as Harklight and Toru Ohkawa as Saazbaum.
Plot Concept: The Knights of Mars fall from the skies. Spurring on their giants made of steel. In order to eradicate the humans of Earth. This is ALDNOAH.ZERO. Creators of overwhelming power have gathered to make this epic tale a reality. Having once worked on the TV anime series Fate/Zero, Gen Urobuchi, writer of supreme skill who plumbs the deepest recesses of the mind; Ei Aoki, who exceeds his viewers’ expectations by light years with his visual expressions that are both gorgeous and audacious, enter the ring once more. Animation production will be by A-1 Pictures, as well as TROYCA, which Aoki himself is involved with. In addition, Takako Shimura is also on board as original character designer. The delicate bearing of her characters painfully depicts people living through an interplanetary war. Plus, the mecha designs are overseen by cutting-edge I-IV. As for the music, Hiroyuki Sawano will add an air of profundity. What they are creating is striking action, world-building where no detail has been overlooked, and an almost palpable sense of the terror of war, and personal drama resulting from the intertwining of genuine, earnest emotion. This will be an utterly new robot anime that both sticks to the tried-and-true, yet also is unlike anything seen before.