All hail the would-be king! Global anime leader Funimation has announced that it will be the exclusive global streaming home of the new, groundbreaking fantasy epic Ranking of Kings, from Aniplex. The series, relating the inspirational tale of deaf young prince Bojji and his mysterious outcast friend Kage, will debut on Funimation with English subtitles on Friday, October 15.
Funimation will also stream subtitled and dubbed episodes in all Funimation territories, including the United States and Canada; the United Kingdom and Ireland; Australia and New Zealand; Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru; and all of Wakanim’s territories throughout Europe.
Based on Tōka Sōsuke’s beloved high-fantasy manga, which debuted in 2017, Ranking of Kings follows the unlikely duo Bojji and Kage on an epic and amazing journey filled with adventure, self-discovery and perseverance as they overcome the adversities of the world and their own personal circumstances.
How prosperous your nation is, how many powerful warriors it boasts, and how heroic and strong its king is. These are the criteria that factor into the system known as the Ranking of Kings.
Bojji was born the first prince of the kingdom ruled by King Bosse, who is ranked number seven in the Ranking of Kings. But Bojji was born unable to hear, and is not even strong enough to swing a sword. In consequence, not only his own retainers, but also the public, look down upon him as completely unfit to be king. But when Bojji finds his first friend, Kage, this fateful encounter ignites a tiny spark of courage, and their lives both take a dramatic turn.
The heart-wrenching, yet heartwarming tale features animation production by Wit Studio (Attack on Titan, Vinland Saga, Vivy -Fluorite Eye’s Song-), with direction by Yosuke Hatta (One Punch Man, Death Parade) and character design by Atsuko Nozaki (Lupin the 3rd, Samurai Champloo, Attack on Titan). The music is composed by MAYUKO (Cells at Work!). The opening theme, “BOY,” is performed by King Gnu.