Crunchyroll is the biggest name in streaming anime content out there. That’s why we profiled them as part of our best anime streaming services list. Now the anime content giant has announced a brand new line-up of original content that looks to shake up the industry. So, when they made an announcement that they were introducing a series of new titles branded Crunchyroll Originals, it’s a significant step forward for them in the ongoing Streaming Wars.
Crunchyroll’s Road To Original Programming Began In 2006
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Crunchyroll’s rise to becoming the most popular online anime service started back in 2006. It’s difficult to talk about popular or classic anime without Crunchyroll’s name entering the conversation. They focus on connecting anime and manga fans from all over the world in over 200 countries to the best titles in the genre. Over the years, Crunchyroll’s content has been carefully curated. It is no wonder they are the top anime content provider in the industry. They boast an anime catalog that contains over 1,000 titles. Not to mention over 30,000 episodes of some of the most popular anime series of all-time. And now with their Crunchyroll Originals announcement, they will become the exclusive home to some of the most interesting upcoming titles.
Anime Has A Huge Worldwide Market And Crunchyroll Originals Will Cater To It
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The Crunchyroll Originals announcement is a game-changer for the anime industry. As Joanne Waage, General Manager of Crunchyroll said in a statement:
“Since our launch in 2006, Crunchyroll has been at the forefront of anime fandom and a driving force in the popularizing of this beloved genre worldwide. In keeping with this tradition, we are incredibly excited to announce our first slate of Crunchyroll Originals. These stories range from the traditional to the innovative, blending eastern and western ideas within the spectrum of anime. We hope this content will not only delight our current fans but also create a pathway for new fans to fall in love with this amazing art form.”
The Crunchyroll Originals Announcement Will Usher In 8 Brand New Anime Series
On top of their already massive library of anime content, the Crunchyroll Originals announcement reveals 8 new anime series, ranging from a variety of subgenres. The new series range from fantasy to historical fiction and much more. These stories come to fans from acclaimed creators from all over the world, via partnerships with renowned publishers and animation studios.
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Introducing The Crunchyroll Originals
A Crunchyroll Original that is part supernatural romance and part fantastical mystery is what In/Spectre is all about. A duo sets out to solve a series of dark incidents that plague their world. In/Spectre is currently available on Crunchyroll.
Tower Of God
The popular comic series, Tower Of God gets an anime adaptation in this Crunchyroll Original. The story of a young man battling his way through a mysterious Tower to save his friend, comes to life through this dark fantasy action series, produced by Telecom Animation Film. Tower Of God will premiere on Crunchyroll in Spring 2020.
An epic story unfolds in Onyx Equinox as an apathetic Aztec boy gets a second chance at life to represent humanity in an ultimate fight spanning multiple fantastical Mesoamerican cultures. The Crunchyroll Studios Production premieres in the Summer of 2020.
The God Of High School
The Webtoon comic series The God Of High School is the next Crunchyroll Original adaptation. The series features a high schooler and his friends competing in an epic tournament with powers sourced from the Gods themselves. So they battle a mysterious organization with the promise of getting their heart’s desire as their only motivation. The series produced by MAPPA Production Management is coming soon to Crunchyroll.
Another Crunchyroll and Webtoon Production comes in the form of their own comic series, Noblesse. A fish out of water fantasy story that sees a powerful vampire thrust into modern civilization after being asleep for 820 years. While trying to recover his past, the vampire comes across friends, foes and a secret organization. The Production I.G. animated series is coming soon to Crunchyroll.
Meiji Gekken: Sword & Gun (working title)
In a story inspired by historical events, the unlikely ensemble of a former samurai, a yakuza bodyguard, a spy and a geisha assassin attempt to make a new world for themselves in the new Meiji-era. While trying to escape their sins from the past. Crunchyroll Studios Production is coming soon.
Based on the graphic novel by Castlevania’s Warren Ellis & Paul Duffield, FreakAngels features a story that takes place after the end of civilization. The remnants of the world are 12 physics that need to control themselves in order to attempt to rebuilt society itself. Another Crunchyroll Studios Production coming soon.
High Guardian Spice
The next Crunchyroll Original is all about a hero training academy where 4 girls train to become heroes in their own regard. But their journey will take them through various allegiances and betrayals as they learn who they are, not to mention, encounter an ominous threat that looms over the world. Coming soon to Crunchyroll.
These Crunchyroll Originals Are Not The Company’s First
While the Crunchyroll Originals announcement welcomes a brand new venture for the company, it’s not the first time they’ve invested in original content. Similarly, Crunchyroll has been creating original anime content since 2015, with over 60 titles in that category. Renowned Anime like Rising Of The Shield Hero, A Place Further Than The Universe and the Jinji Ito Collection are but a few of their first originals. Still, content is king, and Crunchyroll wants to keep their subscribers happy with bold new stories that are all their own.
The Crunchyroll Originals lineup is available now, starting with In/Spectre, while others release throughout 2020.
So are you excited about Crunchyroll Originals? Let us know in the comments below.
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