The Toonami “panel” airing on Cartoon Network during the Adult Swim Con online event has announced the new “Crunchyroll Originals” anime Fena: Pirate Princess in collaboration with Adult Swim. The Crunchyroll and Adult Swim co-production will air on Adult Swim’s Toonami block and stream on Crunchyroll in 2021.
Kazuto Nakazawa is directing the series at Production I.G.
Crunchyroll describes the series:
Fena: Pirate Princess is a 12 episode original anime series that tells the tale of a young orphan girl, Fena Houtman. Fena has been raised on an Island where there is no hope of becoming anything more than chattel, to be used and discarded by soldiers of the British Empire. But Fena is more than just another powerless orphan. When her mysterious past comes knocking, Fena will break the chains of her oppressors. Her goal: forge a new identity, free of bondage, and search for a place where she can truly belong and find out the true mysteries behind a keyword “Eden.” It is the story of a lifetime adventure she and her crew of misfits and unlikely allies will have, in pursuit of her goals.
Ah, that terrible British Empire! I remember Hanan al Shaykh’s visit to Starkville, Mississippi, back in the late 1990s or early 2000s–she commented upon her move to Britain and change in citizenship, whereupon I asked her why the British insisted upon remaining in Ireland against the will of the majority of Irish, but were perfectly willing to surrender Hong Kong to communist China when Hong Kong residents were begging the British to stay. Of course treaties and leases came up, although I professes not understanding the continuing validity of legal agreements reached with a prior–now deposed–government. Other attendees to the reading rolled their eyes at the time, but I wonder how many of them look at today’s news and remember the question. . .
Anyway, the pic is great and the story sounds intriguing, so I’ll be eagerly awaiting this one!