Crunchyroll to Simulcast the Platinum End Anime

Crunchyroll announced at the San Diego Comic-Con virtual event that it will simulcast the Platinum End anime in Fall 2021 worldwide outside of Asia.

Hideya Takahashi was previously announced as directing the anime at Signal.MD, but the staff now say he is directing just the “first series.” Kazuchika Kise is directing the “second series.” Kōji Ōdate is designing the characters, and Shinichi Inotsume is supervising the series scripts. Masahiro Tokuda is composing the music.

The story of Platinum End is described as:

As his classmates celebrate their middle school graduation, troubled Mirai is mired in darkness. But his battle is just beginning when he receives some salvation from above in the form of an angel. Now Mirai is pitted against 12 other chosen humans in a battle in which the winner becomes the next god of the world. Mirai has an angel in his corner, but he may need to become a devil to survive.

Source: ANN

More Guests Announced for Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2021

More guests have been announced for Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2021:

  • Akane Fujita (voice actress; Sagiri Izumi in Eromanga Sensei)
  • Sayaka Harada (voice actress; Sayaka Sumino in AHO-GIRL)
  • Tomori Kusunoki (voice actor; LLENN in Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online)
  • Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (voice actor; Soma Yukihira in Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma)
  • Osamu Yamasaki (director; Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom)
  • Kyoko Yufu (character designer; animation director on episodes of Rent-a-Girlfriend)

The virtual Crunchyroll Expo is scheduled to take place August 5-7, 2021. Registration for the event is open at expo.crunchyroll.com.

Source: Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll Adds the Second Half of the Sgt. Frog Anime to Its Catalog

Crunchyhroll began streaming Episodes 206-358 of the Sgt. Frog anime on July 22, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. EDT in the United States and Canada. Since Crunchyroll added Episodes 1-205 last month, the service now has the entire anime in its catalog.

The anime is described as:

Keroro is Sergeant Frog – the leader of a platoon of warriors sent to conquer planet Earth. But when the amphibious invaders discovered how much humans enjoy dissecting their comrades, the troops were scattered, the mission was aborted, and Keroro was abandoned. Now, this once proud soldier spends more time wielding a vacuum than he does the weapons of war. It’s a far cry from the glory of battle, but hey, at least he’s got his own room. And though the invasion may have slowed to a hop, Sergeant Frog still occasionally yearns to overcome his karaoke addiction and reassemble his troops.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll to Stream the Second Season of the Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Anime

Crunchyroll has announced that it will begin streaming the second season of the Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story anime on August 7, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. PST. The series will be available in the United States and Canada; Latin America: Argentina, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bonaire, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saba, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uruguay, Venezuela and U.S. Virgin Islands; Australia and New Zealand; the United Kingdom, Ireland; and South Africa.

The story of Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story is described as:

“In exchange for having their wishes granted, Magical Girls battle in secret. But Iroha Tamaki has forgotten what it is she’s wished for.

“What was my wish when I became a Magical Girl?”

Her daily life has a gaping void.

There’s something that she’s lost.

Day after day, she continues to fight without knowing why…

It is then that the rumors start swirling among the Magical Girls.

“Come to Kamihama City, where Magical Girls can be saved.” Kamihama, the city where Magical Girls and Rumors gather.

Thus begins the story of Iroha Tamaki, the girl seeking her lost wish…”

Source: Crunchyroll

Fena: Pirate Princess to Premiere on Crunchyroll and Toonami on August 14, 2021

Crunchyroll and Adult Swim have announced that the first two episodes of the new “Crunchyroll Originals” anime Fena: Pirate Princess will premiere on August 14, 2021 in Japanese with subtitles worldwide outside of Japan on Crunchyroll and with an English dub on Adult Swim’s Toonami block.

The English cast for the series was also announced:

  • Brittany Cox is Fena Houtman
  • Robb Moreira is Yukimaru
  • Nicholas Corda is Shitan
  • Anjali Kunapaneni is Karin
  • Brandon Winckler is Enju
  • Darrel Delfin is Kaede
  • Alan Lee is Tsubaki
  • Thomas E. Wynn is Makaba
  • Frank Todaro is Salman
  • Doug Stone is Otto

The story of Fena: Pirate Princess is described as:

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.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Announces Upcoming Anime Dubs

Crunchyroll has announced that it will stream English dubs for the following anime:

  • Battle Game in 5 Seconds
  • My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X
  • I’m Standing on 1,000,000 Lives Season 2

Battle Game in 5 Seconds and I’m Standing on 1,000,000 Lives will get English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German dubs. My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X will get an English dub.

Crunchyroll will also stream Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German dubs for The Slime Diaries and Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S.

In addition, the company will continue to stream dubs for the ongoing Tokyo Revengers, To Your Eternity, and Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun Season 2 anime.

Source: ANN

Virtual Crunchyroll Expo Announces More Guests

Crunchyroll has announced that this year’s Virtual Crunchyroll Expo event will host the following guests:

  • Junya Enoki (Yuji Itadori in Jujutsu Kaisen, Rengoku in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Fugo in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind, and Naoya Mukai in Girlfriend, Girlfriend)
  • Maaya Uchida (Catarina Claes in My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X and Norman in The Promised Neverland)
  • Sumire Uesaka (Susanna in My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X and Aletta in Restaurant to Another World)
  • Kanon Amane (Memempu in Sakugan)
  • Takayuki Funahashi (producer of Sakugan)
  • Ayane Sakura (Ochaco Uraraka in My Hero Academia, Gabi Braun in Attack on Titan, and Saki Saki in Girlfriend, Girlfriend)
  • Azumi Waki (Nagisa Minase in Girlfriend, Girlfriend and Hinata Tachibana in Tokyo Revengers)
  • Nobunaga Shimazaki (Yuno in Black Clover and Kosuke Mikado in The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window)
  • Wataru Hatano (Shinso in My Hero Academia and Rihito Hiyakawa in The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window)
  • Junichi Suwabe (Aizawa in My Hero Academia, Yami in Black Clover, Abbacchio in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind, Shopkeeper in Restaurant to Another World)
  • Saori Ōnishi (Kuro in Restaurant to Another World, Hisako Arato in Food Wars!, Aiz Wallenstein in Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?)
  • DJ Teddyloid

The virtual Crunchyroll Expo is scheduled to take place August 5-7, 2021. Registration for the event is open at expo.crunchyroll.com.

Source: ANN

Adult Swim and Crunchyroll Reveal Blade Runner: Black Lotus Cast

Crunchyroll and Adult Swim have revealed the characters and all-star cast of the animated series Blade Runner: Black Lotus. The new series is inspired by the award-winning and critically lauded Blade Runner movie franchise. A first look at the new series will debut at Comic-Con@Home 2021 panel hosted online on Friday, July 23, 2021.

The English and Japanese voice cast includes:

  • Elle, a female replicant created for a secret and unknown purpose, will be played by Jessica Henwick / Arisa Shida
  • Joseph, a mysterious figure who owns a spare parts junkyard in Los Angeles, will be played by Will Yun Lee / Shinshū Fuji
  • Alani Davis, a fresh LAPD recruit, will be played by Samira Wiley / Takako Honda
  • Niander Wallace Sr, founder and CEO of the Wallace Corporation, will be played by Brian Cox / Takaya Hashi
  • Niander Wallace Jr, brilliant scientist working for his father, will be played by Wes Bentley / Takehito Koyasu
  • Marlowe, a deadly Blade Runner, will be played by Josh Duhamel / Taiten Kusunoki
  • Josephine Grant, the wife of the police chief, will be played by Peyton List / Yoshiko Sakakibara
  • Earl Grant, Police Chief of the LAPD, will be played by Stephen Root / Hochu Otsuka
  • Doc Badger, a black market dealer, will be played by Barkhad Abdi /Takayuki Kinba
  • Senator Bannister, a politician with strong feelings on replicant production, will be played by Gregg Henry / Masane Tsukayama
  • Doctor M, a brilliant doctor and professor of medicine, will be played by Henry Czerny / Akio Nojima
  • Hooper, a journalist in the pocket of the Wallace Corporation, will be played by Jason Spisak / Kazuki Yao

Starting at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 23, 2021, fans will hear directly from the creative team and voice talent: Shinji Aramaki (co-director), Kenji Kamiyama (co-director), Joseph Chou (executive producer), Wes Gleason (voice director), Jessica Henwick (voice of Elle), and Jason DeMarco (co-creator of Toonami/senior vice-president and creative director for Adult Swim/moderator). They will premiere an exclusive first look at the new series at SDCC@Home.

Coming later this year, the Adult Swim and Crunchyroll Original Blade Runner: Black Lotus will feature 13 episodes directed by Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama. The series is produced by Alcon Entertainment and animation studio Sola Digital Arts, with Shinichiro Watanabe serving as a creative producer.

Adult Swim will air the English language version on the network’s popular anime programming block Toonami and Crunchyroll will stream the series in Japanese with subtitles to its global community of more than 100 million registered users and 4 million subscribers. Both will offer the series to viewers worldwide outside of Asia.

Crunchyroll Announces More Simulcasts for the Summer 2021 Anime Season

Crunchyroll has announced that it will stream the Night Head 2041, The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!, D_Cide Traumerei the Animation anime as part of the Summer 2021 season in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Night Head 2041, a new television anime based on the 1992 live-action Night Head drama series, is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on July 15, 2021.

The story of Night Head 2041 is described as:

It is said that humans don’t use about 70% of their brains. It is believed that the mysterious powers some humans exhibit come from that part of the brain. There is a term for the 70% of the brain that doesn’t get used… “NIGHT HEAD.” Two men awaken in a forest. Cast out of society because of their psychic powers, two brothers named Naoto and Naoya Kirihara were kept in a research lab for psychics for the last 15 years. They hope that the reason they were able to leave the lab is because people were ready to accept and welcome psychics as a part of society, just like they were told by the head of the lab, Kyojiro Mikuriya. But what they found was Tokyo in the year 2041, where not only was the existence of mental energy completely denied, but anything from books or visuals depicting supernatural phenomena, including psychics, were completely censored. The National Security Headquarters is tasked with upholding that idea of physicalism and protect the nation by reprimanding anyone with dangerous thoughts. On the elite special task force in charge of this were two brothers. Takuya and Yuya Kuroki were abandoned by their parents when they were young and taken in by the task force. They believed that supernatural phenoma just didn’t exist and never questioned their duty to chase down any dangerous criminal who thought otherwise, but one day during a mission, they meet a woman named Shoko Futami. “The barrier has been broken.” Takuya and Yuya end up encountering the wandering Naoto and Naoya, as though they were guided to the psychic brothers by Shoko’s words. Brothers who flee, and the brothers who chase them… The story of two sets of brothers being controlled by their destinies is about to begin.

The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! anime is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on August 1, 2021.

The story of The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! is described as:

The Great Jahy, the Dark Realm’s second-in-command, cuts a frightening figure, feared and revered by all. But when a run-in with a magical girl results in the destruction of the precious mana crystal, the Dark Realm falls, transporting the newly tiny and powerless Jahy to the human world. Unfortunately, plotting the revival of the Dark Realm from a cramped, crumbling one-room apartment is no easy feat when you have rent to pay and a job to keep.

The D_Cide Traumerei the Animation anime is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on July 10, 2021.

The staff describes the story as a “noir teen” story with the motifs of Cthulhu Mythos (from author H.P. Lovecraft’s modern legends about cosmic horrors) and nostalgia.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Announces Simulcasts for the Summer 2021 Season As Well as Future Simulcasts

Crunchyroll announced during its AX Lite online panel that it will simulcast the Battle Game in 5 Seconds anime and Seirei Gensouki – Spirit Chronicles anime during the Summer 2021 season. Battle Game in 5 Seconds is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on July 13, 2021, while Seirei Gensouki – Spirit Chronicles is scheduled to premiere on July 5, 2021.

The company also announced that it will simulcast future anime series, such as Restaurant to Another World 2, Sakugan (Sacks&Guns!!), The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window, The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in a Different World as an Aristocrat, In the Land of Leadale, and Orient. Of these series, Crunchyroll revealed a new October 2021 premiere date for Restaurant to Another World 2 and Sakugan, while also revealing a January 2022 premiere date for In the Land of Leadale.

Source: ANN