This past weekend was Sakura-Con in Seattle, and with it came many panels with new announcements. Crunchyroll made some big announcements during a panel including new projects that will be streaming in the near future. One project that the site will be streaming in this Summer is the upcoming anime from Stan Lee and Studio DEEN, The Reflection. Crunchyroll announced that it will be streaming the show worldwide simultaneously.
The new series will be a collaboration between Stan Lee and his company Pow! Entertainment, Studio DEEN, and director Hiroshi Nagahama. The newly revealed staff members include:
- Koichiro Sohtome as the series director
- Yasuyuki Suzuki known for Naruto and Yu-Gi-Oh! as the scriptwriter
- Kanako Satō as the in-between checker
- Hiroko Umezaki as color designer
- Hisaharu Iijima as the art director
- Keiichi Nozaki as the music director.
Lee has been credited with the original work for the series, and the duo of Pow! Entertainment and Studio DEEN are credited with the project planning. Hiroshi Nagahama is credited as co-creating and directing the series, and is also helping by provide the original character designs. Yoshihiko Umakoshi will be adapting the original designs for animation. While British music producer Trevor Horn will be producing the music. Japanese pop group 9nine (Star Driver, Magi, My Little Monster) is performing the show's ending theme song.
The series is described by Studio DEEN as the following:
After THE REFLECTION, some of the people in all parts of the world are discovered with super powers.
Some become heroes, and others villains.
How did the Reflection happen? What was the cause of it?
With many unsolved mysteries, the world is lead into turmoil.
This isn't the first time Stan Lee has collaborated with an anime studio. Lee worked with BONES to write the Heroman television anime series, but is directly involved with the production of The Reflection. Lee also co-created the Ultimo manga series with Shaman King creator Hiroyuki Takei and collaborated with YOSHIKI on a comic project as well. Not to mention several Marvel Comics have inspired manga and anime adaptations.
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