Crunchyroll to Simulcast the Jujutsu Kaisen in October 2020

Crunchyroll has announced that it will simulcast the Jujutsu Kaisen anime in October 2020. The anime will be available worldwide outside of Asia.

Sunghoo Park is directing the anime at MAPPA. Hiroshi Seko is writing and supervising the scripts. Tadashi Hiramatsu is designing the characters. Hiroaki Tsutsumi, Yoshimasa Terui, and Arisa Okehazama are composing the music.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Adds Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu Manga

Crunchyroll has announced that the company’s Crunchyroll Manga platform has added the Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu manga to its catalog. The manga will be available to subscribers worldwide, except in Japan. The first chapter of the manga is currently available for free.

Kodansha Comics acquired the license for Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu and published it in October 2015. The manga ranked at #4 on the New York Times Manga Best Seller List in the same month.

Source: ANN

Virtual Crunchyroll Expo Event Announces More Guests

Crunchyroll has announced that the virtual version of its Crunchyroll Expo convention on September 4-6, 2020 will feature the following guests:

  • Yongje Park, The God of High School series creator
  • Masahiko Komino, Gibiate anime’s director and character designer
  • Sōma Saitō, voice actor of Tadashi Yamaguchi in the Haikyu!! anime
  • Yoshikatsu Kimura, EX-ARM anime’s director
  • Writer Jeho Son and artist Kwangsu Lee of Noblesse manwha
  • Tsukasa Kiryu, So I’m a Spider, So What? light novel’s artist

Crunchyroll announced on June 3, 2020 that it canceled this year’s physical Crunchyroll Expo due to the nature of COVID-19, and in order to emphasize the health of attendees, staff, exhibitors, and guests.

The next physical Crunchyroll Expo will take place on August 6-8, 2021 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Adds the English Dub of the Sword Art Online: Alicization Anime

Crunchyroll began streaming the first 24 English-dubbed episodes of the Sword Art Online: Alicization anime on August 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EDT in North America, Central America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. FUNimation Entertainment also announced that it has begun streaming episodes 13-24 of the anime’s English dub on August 7, 2020.

Sword Art Online: Alicization premiered in Japan in October 2018, and was simulcast on Crunchyroll, Hulu, and FunimationNow. The anime premiered with the English dub on Adult Swim’s Toonami block in February 2019.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Adds the Strike the Blood OVAs and the Hakubo Anime Film to Its Catalog

Crunchyroll has announced that it will stream three Strike The Blood original video anime (OVA) series and the Hakubo anime film.

The site will began streaming the first original video anime (OVA) for Strike The Blood at 6:00 p.m. EDT on August 4, 2020 in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands, Scandinavian countries, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Central America, and South America. The company will stream the Strike The Blood Second (Strike the Blood II) and Strike The Blood Third (Strike The Blood III) OVAs at a later date.

Crunchyroll began streaming the Hakubo (Twilight) anime film on August 4, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EDT in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll to Stream the Two-Part My Hero Academia Original Video Anime

Crunchyroll has announced that it will stream the new two-part “Boku no Hero Academia: Ikinokore! Kesshi no Survival Kunren” original video anime for the My Hero Academia franchise on August 15, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. PDT.

The My Hero Academia OVA episodes will be available for Crunchyroll members in the following territories: the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, as well as Europe (excluding English, French and German speaking territories), CIS, Israel, Lebanon, Northern Africa (excluding Egypt and Libya), Central Africa, and Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Comoros, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal, Seychelles, and Togo.

Source: Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll Adds Subtitled Version of the Zo Zo Zombie Anime

Crunchyroll started streaming 13 English-subtitled episodes of the Zo Zo Zombie anime on July 30, 2020.

The site had launched the first five episodes of the series with an English dub on March 19, 2020, and it then released one new dubbed episode every week until the 13th episode premiered on May 21, 2020. The company is streaming the anime in the following territories: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, and the Middle East.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll to Remove 77 Sentai Filmworks Titles

Crunchyroll has announced that it will remove 77 anime titles from its service on August 1, 2020. Sentai Filmworks holds the license to all 77 titles.

The titles slated for removal include:

  • Action Heroine Cheer Fruits
  • AKB0048
  • AMNESIA
  • Aoharu x Machinegun
  • ARGEVOLLEN
  • BAKUON!!
  • Battle Girl High School
  • Bodacious Space Pirates
  • Broken Blade
  • Captain Earth
  • Celestial Method
  • ClassicaLoid
  • CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon
  • Cuticle Detective Inaba
  • DEVIL SURVIVOR 2 THE ANIMATION
  • Dog & Scissors
  • Dusk maiden of Amnesia
  • DYNAMIC CHORD
  • Engaged to the Unidentified
  • Fantasista Doll
  • Flip Flappers
  • Frame Arms Girl
  • Girlish Number
  • Girls Beyond the Wasteland
  • GLASSLIP
  • Gourmet Girl Graffiti
  • Gugure! Kokkuri-san
  • Hakuōki
  • Humanity Has Declined
  • Invaders of the Rokujyōma!?
  • KINMOZA! (All Seasons)
  • La storia della Arcana Famiglia
  • Long Riders!
  • Magic of Stella
  • Magical Play
  • Magical Warfare
  • Majikoi – Oh! Samurai Girls
  • Mashiro-Iro Symphony
  • Matoi the Sacred Slayer
  • MEGANEBU!
  • Momo Kyun Sword
  • Momokuri
  • NAKAIMO – My Little Sister Is Among Them!
  • Natsuyuki Rendezvous
  • Nobunaga The Fool
  • Norn9
  • One Week Friends
  • Phi-Brain – Puzzle of God (All Seasons)
  • Photo Kano
  • Queen’s Blade: Rebellion
  • Rail Wars!
  • Re-Kan!
  • RIN-NE (All Seasons)
  • Rozen Maiden
  • Rozen Maiden Zurückspulen
  • Sakura Trick
  • Samurai Bride
  • Samurai Jam -Bakumatsu Rock-
  • SHIROBAKO
  • So, I Can’t Play H!
  • SUPER SONICO THE ANIMATION
  • Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3
  • Tari Tari
  • The Comic Artist and His Assistants
  • The Dragon Dentist
  • The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior
  • The Severing Crime Edge
  • Tribe Cool Crew
  • tsuritama
  • Un-Go
  • Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle
  • Uta no Prince Sama (All Seasons)
  • Wakaba Girl
  • Wish Upon the Pleiades
  • Wizard Barristers
  • YUYUSHIKI
  • Zettai Bōei Leviatan

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Crosses Three Million Subscribers

Crunchyroll, the world’s most popular anime brand that offers fans the world’s largest anime library with more than 1,000 titles and 30,000 episodes, is announcing that it has reached a new milestone crossing three million paid subscribers globally and over 70 million registered users.

“Crunchyroll’s global growth has been incredible. We launched in 2006 and it took us about 10 years to hit one million subscribers. It took us only two years after that to break two million, and even less than that to hit three million subscribers where we are today. But, we don’t just measure success based on paying subscribers. We have an active and growing AVOD community of over 70 million registered users,” said Joanne Waage, General Manager, Crunchyroll. “Our goal has always been to grow the love of anime globally, and these numbers show our labor of love is paying off — and this is just the beginning.”

Crunchyroll is part of Otter Media, a WarnerMedia company, that manages and invests in a portfolio of digital-first media brands developing next generation content while building and supporting passionate fan bases. Late last year, Crunchyroll closed the majority acquisition of VIZ Media Europe Group, expanding its suite of consumer brands to include streaming services Anime Digital Network (in partnership with Citel, a subsidiary of Média-Participations) and Anime on Demand, DVD and manga publisher KAZÉ, and live action content distributor Eye See Movies.

In addition to Crunchyroll’s European expansion, the brand has reached new heights across its 360-businesses including:

  • Crunchyroll Originals – Earlier this year, Crunchyroll announced its inaugural slate of Crunchyroll Originals, with 12 total series announced thus far. The first two originals Tower of God, a Crunchyroll and WEBTOON Production, and The God of High School, have both set new viewership records on platform, trending worldwide at launch and becoming some of the top series during their respective anime seasons.
  • Ecommerce – Crunchyroll has launched more than 20 Crunchyroll Loves collections, the brand’s in-house streetwear line, featuring rapper, songwriter and singer Megan Thee Stallion, the iconic franchise Godzilla, and legendary horror manga artist Junji Ito, alongside beloved series Mobile Suit Gundam Wing and DARLING in the FRANXX, to name a few.
  • Crunchyroll Games – Crunchyroll has helped launch seven games to date, reaching more than a combined 500,000 monthly players, with more to come before the end of the year. The most recent game, Mass for the Dead, which was released at the end of April 2020 with strong fan engagement, is based on the anime series Overlord.
  • Distribution – Earlier this year, Crunchyroll and HBO Max teamed up to bring fans more anime. Crunchyroll currently curates the Crunchyroll hub on HBO Max, bringing select fan-favorite titles to the platform each quarter. Crunchyroll has also announced several linear TV partnerships, including curating anime for the Toonami block on Adult Swim and for a special anime block for TNT Comedy in Germany. Crunchyroll EMEA also distributed the popular sports series Captain Tsubasa across eight countries on more than 40 linear TV channels.
  • Consumer Products – Crunchyroll currently manages merchandising rights for more than 350 anime titles, working with more than 100 global licensees to provide anime fans with the best lifestyle, fashion, and home goods products from their favorite series.
  • Events – In 2019, Crunchyroll participated in more than 190 events across 18 countries, reaching more than 22 million fans. This year, Crunchyroll has participated in 21 virtual events across Crunchyroll, Anime Digital Network, Anime on Demand, and KAZÉ. Crunchyroll also hosts the Anime Awards, the brand’s yearly celebration of the best in anime, reaching more than 11 million votes this year (up from five million the year before), with more than half coming from international fans. Crunchyroll also hosts an annual anime convention, Crunchyroll Expo, and will introduce a Virtual Crunchyroll Expo this Labor Day weekend.
  • Community – Crunchyroll serves the global anime community, managing more than 350 social channels that cater to more than 40 million anime fans. This also includes the publication of Crunchyroll News, the owned and operated editorial arm of Crunchyroll read by more than two and a half million fans per month, connecting the global anime community with breaking industry news, in depth features, and cultural commentary focused on Japanese animation, manga, and more.

“Crunchyroll is a pioneer in the direct-to-consumer space, who for the last 14 years, has shown the industry first-hand what it takes to build a successful DTC business with a die-hard, passionate fan base supporting it,” said Tony Goncalves, CEO of Otter Media. “I am so proud of the entire Crunchyroll team for this incredible accomplishment and for their continued focus on harnessing the global anime community through authentic storytelling. It’s what makes Crunchyroll so much more than a DTC – it’s the preeminent Anime brand globally.”

Crunchyroll offers fans the world’s largest anime library with more than 1,000 titles and 30,000 episodes, with select series simulcast in eight languages day and date with premiere in Japan. Crunchyroll is available in more than 200 countries and territories to more than 70 million registered users, three million subscribers and more than 40 million followers across social media.

Crunchyroll was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Los Angeles, Tokyo, Paris, Lausanne, Chisinau, and Berlin (AV Visionen).

Crunchyroll and Adult Swim Announce Original Fena: Pirate Princess Anime for 2021

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!

Source: ANN