Crunchyroll, the global anime streamer with more than five million subscribers and 120 million registered users, announced a full slate of new series at today’s Crunchyroll industry panel at Virtual Crunchyroll Expo. Titles coming soon to the platform include:
- High Guardian Spice – (Coming Soon) The upcoming Crunchyroll Original series from creator Raye Rodriguez follows the lives of four fierce High Guardian Academy students as they stumble comically toward adulthood, form allegiances, uncover legacies, face betrayals and discover their true identities while preparing to protect the world from an ominous unknown threat with their battle and sorcery skills. During today’s panel, special guest Rodriguez helped reveal a new trailer and beautiful new key art.
- Muv-Luv Alternative – (Fall) A story of the bonds between those who fight, in a world pushed to its limits. On one of the countless parallel worlds that exist throughout spacetime, humanity has fought a decades long war against the BETA, hostile extraterrestrial invaders, using humanoid fighting machines called Tactical Surface Fighters. This is a story of how humanity lives and dies while on the brink of extinction…
- The Faraway Paladin – (Fall) In the ruined city of the dead far from human civilization lives a single human child named Will. He is raised by three undead: Blood the heroic skeleton warrior, Mary the ladylike mummy priestess, and Gus the crotchety ghost wizard. The three of them teach the boy what they know and pour their love into him. One day, the boy begins to wonder, “Who am I?” Will uncovers the mysteries of the undead hidden in this faraway land. He learns of the love and mercy of good gods, as well as the paranoia and madness of evil gods. And once he learns it all, the boy embarks on the path to becoming a Paladin.
- The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest – (January 2022) His strength limited by the magical crest with which he was born, Mathias, the world’s most powerful sage, decides reincarnation is necessary to become the strongest of all. Upon his rebirth as a young boy, Mathias is thrilled to discover he’s been born with the optimal crest for magical combat on his first try! Unfortunately, the world he’s been born into has abysmally poor standards when it comes to magic, and everyone thinks he’s still marked for failure! Now it’s up to Mathias to prove everyone wrong…world’s strongest sage-style!
- Love of Kill – (2022) Two assassins face off: The cool bounty hunter Chateau and the mysterious and powerful Ryang-ha. Chateau and Ryang-ha become enemies after this fight — at least, they should have, but for some reason Ryang-ha takes a liking to Chateau and begins following her around. Little by little, Chateau develops a cooperative partnership with Ryang-ha, which gets her caught up in the struggle against the organizations hunting him down. Furthermore, that battle is related to her past as well. Two mismatched assassins weave together a twisted “Assassin X Assassin” thriller. The strange gears of fate begin to move.
- Skeleton Knight in Another World – (Coming Soon) When Arc wakes up, he discovers that he has been transported to another world in the body of the character he was playing in an MMO. Looking like a suit of armor on the outside and a skeleton on the inside, he is the Skeleton Knight. If his identity is discovered, he could be mistaken for a monster and become a target! Arc decides to spend his time as a mercenary so as not to attract attention to himself. However, he’s not the kind of man who can stand idly by when he witnesses evil acts take place right before his eyes! This isekai fantasy series about the Skeleton Knight’s unintentional quest to make the world a better place has arrived!!
During the panel, Crunchyroll also revealed the cover for the upcoming book Essential Anime. This guide highlights 50 classic, unforgettable Japanese animated series and feature films and gives an insightful look into the history and true impact of anime on Japanese and Western pop culture. Essential Anime will be published in April 2022 by Running Press and is available for pre-order now wherever books are sold.
The streamer further discussed its new partnership with Xbox, which kicked off yesterday in celebration of Virtual Crunchyroll Expo. Under this new partnership, Crunchyroll Premium subscribers and new users who begin a Crunchyroll free trial can get three months of Xbox Game Pass for PC. Fans can learn more by visiting crunchyroll.com/xbox-gamepass-2021.
Right before today’s Industry panel, Crunchyroll also revealed a special sneak peek of Fena: Pirate Princess in a panel featuring Kazuto Nakazawa (director), Rui Kuroki (producer) and Yusuke Takeda (background artist) from Production I.G, who discussed their approach to bringing the swashbuckling samurai series to life. The Crunchyroll and Adult Swim Original series premiering August 14.
Virtual Crunchyroll Expo is Crunchyroll’s yearly flagship anime convention, bringing fans the best of anime from August 5 – 7. expo.crunchyroll.com