Crunchyroll Announces Anime Additions

Crunchyroll has announced the addition of the following anime to its catalog:

  • Kuroko’s Basketball Winter Cup Compilation ~Crossing the Door~ (the third compilation film for the Kuroko’s Basketball anime series): The film is available for Crunchyroll members in North America, South America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00: The series is available to Crunchyroll members worldwide outside of Asia.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: The English dub is now available to Crunchyroll members in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Announces Its Own Anime Convention

Crunchyroll has announced that it is partnering with LeftField Media to launch a new anime convention titled Crunchyroll Expo (CRX) this year. The convention is scheduled for August 25-27, 2017 in Santa Clara, California at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

In addition to Crunchyroll, the event will feature other partners and publishers from the anime industry, although Crunchyroll has not yet announced specific companies. LeftField Media’s team working on Crunchyroll Expo includes Peter Tatara, formerly of the New York Anime Festival and show manager of Anime NYC.

Crunchyroll Director of Events Adam Sheehan commented that the convention’s goal is to follow a different model from other anime conventions. He cited conventions and trade shows such as BlizzCon, PAX, SXSW, and E3. Sheehan said regarding the event, “you’re going to see some things that have not been done before at anime cons, some things that have been done but we’re going to do it differently, and some of the fan favorites that people continue to enjoy [will be] brought back either in different ways, or more broadly and more extensively for the fans.”

The event’s official website states that the convention will feature “exhibits, screenings, panels, and guest appearances by some of the biggest personalities in Japan and the US,” and that the convention will celebrate “anime, manga, games, guests, cosplay,” and more. The event’s press release also states that the convention will have “special events, premieres, and interactive features focused around anime pop culture, the latest content coming out of Japan, and ways for fans to connect with each other to share their passion for anime.”

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll and Kadokawa Announce Partnership

Crunchyroll and Kadokawa have announced a partnership that will grant Crunchyroll exclusive worldwide digital distribution rights outside of Asia for anime titles published by Kodansha in the next year.

The partnership will also include a marketing collaboration between Crunchyroll and Kadokawa’s North American publishing branch. Additionally, Crunchyroll will co-finance Kadokawa’s future anime titles. The announcement stated that both companies view the alliance as a first step toward possible further collaboration in the future.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll and Sumitomo Announce Partnership to Create Company to Co-Produce Anime

Media distribution service Crunchyroll and Japanese trading company Sumitomo Corporation have announced that they have launched a joint venture to create a company focused on funding anime co-production projects. By being part of an anime’s production committee, the company can immediately acquire foreign distribution rights and promote anime outside of Japan.

Crunchyroll and Sumitomo Corporation have yet to announce the company’s name, the amount that either participant is investing, or the scope of the investment.

Iehisa Nakamura — Sumitomo Corporation’s corporate officer and general manager of its media division — said in the announcement, “with this partnership, the voice of worldwide anime fans can reach anime production studios directly through the Crunchyroll platform, which I believe will produce fascinating anime for a worldwide audience as a result. We would like to contribute to the development of the anime industry by creating new anime for worldwide Japanese anime fans with Crunchyroll.”

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Announces New Manga for Its Service

Crunchyroll announced at its manga panel at Anime Expo that it will add the Princess Jellyfish, Takahashi-san is Listening, Scum’s Wish, Sweetness and Lightning, and The Morose Mononokean manga to its web distribution service.

Kodansha Comics licensed the first 12 volumes of Princess Jellyfish for North America and will release the first 2-in-1 volume in February 2016.

The first four volumes of Princess Jellyfish will launch on Crunchyroll on July 15, 2015 at 8pm EDT. Volumes will be added afterward at regular intervals.

Yū Hokuō serializes Takahashi-san is Listening (Takahashi-san ga Kiiteiru.) in Square Enix’s Gangan Joker. The series began in 2013 and Square Enix shipped the fifth compiled volume in Japan in April 2015.

The series will launch on Crunchyroll on July 5, 2015 at 8pm EDT.

Mengo Yokoyari’s Scum’s Wish (Kuzu no Honkai) began in Big Gangan magazine in 2012, and Square Enix shipped the fifth compiled volume in Japan in June 2015.

The series will launch on Crunchyroll on July 5, 2015 at 8pm EDT.

Gido Amagakure began Sweetness and Lightning (Amaama to Inazuma) in Kodansha’s good! Afternoon magazine in 2013. The fourth compiled volume shipped in Japan in March 2015.

The series will launch on Crunchyroll on July 15, 2015 at 8pm EDT.

Kiri Wazawa began The Morose Mononokean (Fukigen na Mononokean) in Square Enix’s Gangan Online in 2013 and the fourth compiled volume shipped in Japan in May 2015.

The series will launch on Crunchyroll on July 5, 2015 at 8pm EDT.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Manga Adds Four Square Enix Titles

Crunchyroll Manga has announced it has acquired for manga licenses from Square Enix:

  • Donyatsu by Kozaki Yusuke
  • Aizawa-san Multiplies by Seiichi Shiki
  • Tales of Wedding Rings by MAYBE
  • Father and Son by Uchiko

These four titles will be available to Crunchyroll Manga readers worldwide, inlucing Japan, starting on June 1, 2015 at 5pm PT as simulpub titles.

Source: Crunchyroll