Over the long weekend, Crunchyroll shared a dizzying amount of exclusive announcements with attendees of Anime Expo in Los Angeles.
The latest anime platform updates included news about the my hero academia and dragonball franchises, acquisitions of Solo Leveling and Overlord IVand look first Stampede TrigunSeason 2 of Mushoku Tensei: Unemployed ReincarnationSeason 2 of To your eternityand more.
Here is the full list of announcements made during the Crunchyroll industry panel on Sunday:
Solo Leveling – The beloved Korean manhwa Solo Leveling, written by Chugong and illustrated by DUBU (REDICE Studio), will be adapted into an anime series by A-1 Pictures and simulcast on Crunchyroll worldwide outside of Asia. The first key visual and English Trailer was revealed to much excitement. The production staff was also announced, which included:
- Original work: Solo Leveling by DUBU (REDICE Studio), Chugong, h-goon
- Director: Shunsuke Nakashige
- Editor-in-chief: Noboru Kimura
- Character designer: Tomoko Sudō
- Music: Hiroyuki Sawano
- Animation Studio: Pictures A-1
- Synopsis: It’s been over a decade since the sudden appearance of the “gates” – the pathways that connect our world to another dimension. Since then, some humans have awakened to supernatural powers. We call these individuals “hunters”. Hunters make a living. using their powers to conquer dungeons inside the gates. In this world of tough customers, low-ranking hunter Jinwoo Sung is known as “the weakest hunter in all of mankind.” One day, Jinwoo is fatally injured when he runs into Dual Rank Dungeons hidden in a Lower Rank Dungeon. At this time, a mysterious quest window appears in front of him. On the brink of death, Jinwoo decides to accept the quest and begins to level up…while the others don’t.
Quotes from the Solo Leveling author and illustrator:
- “About six years ago, when I was writing the very beginning of Solo Leveling, if someone had said to me, “The novel you wrote will become a comic book“, I bet I would have told them to stop pulling my leg. But now, I am told that it will be animated?! Seriously, stop pulling my leg!… But these days, I feel excited and elated. Since I still half doubt this is real, I want to see Jinwoo and the other characters come to life soon and feel relieved. I will continue to work diligently as I look forward to that day. – Chugong, author
- “Solo Leveling finally makes his anime debut. It feels like yesterday that we got the offer for the anime adaptation. I feel so overwhelmed when I think anime is really being created right now. All thanks to you fans who love and support Solo Leveling. I am filled with gratitude. Thanks a lot. Please also support the animation production team. If this anime gives new enjoyment to readers, I will be very happy. – DUBU, Illustrator
Princess Connect! Re: diving
Crunchyroll Games presents the summer campaign for Princess Connect! Re: diving as well as the second year of swimsuit character events that are currently underway! A limited-time Makoto (Summer) character was released on July 4.
New key art has been unveiled to confirm that Crunchyroll began streaming the fourth season of the popular anime series on July 5 for the summer 2022 anime season.
- Synopsis: Newly crowned Ains has big plans for his wizarding kingdom, but so do his enemies. Deep in the mountains of Azerlisia lies the deadly enemy of the Dwarves, a demi-human race, the Quagoa, gathered ready to invade. To make matters worse, other kingdoms are conspiring to overthrow the undead king! Will his vision of a utopia come true? Heavy is the crown, even for the guy with unlimited power.
Collab Hello Kitty x Fruits Basket
BoxLunch announced the launch of this super cute collaboration, with the first piece available for purchase at Anime Expo. The complete Fruits Basket x Hello Kitty and Friends collection, which brings together beloved Sanrio characters with Tohru Honda and the shape-shifting Soma clan, will launch at BoxLunch and Hot Topic in August.
Mushoku Tensei: Unemployed Reincarnation (Season 2)
The second season of Mushoku Tensei: Unemployed Reincarnation was acquired by Crunchyroll and will simulcast in 2023. An all-new thrilling trailer has made its world premiere, featuring heroes Rudy, Sylphy, Roxy and Eris on their next adventures.
Tomo-chan is a girl!
An anime adaptation of the Tomo-chan Is a Girl! manga, written and illustrated by Fumita Yanagida, has been officially announced and will be produced by Lay-duce studio. The series will simulcast on Crunchyroll from January 2023. Fans got their first look with an all-new key visual along with a subtitled and dubbed trailer.
Carol Olston’s English and Japanese voice is performed by Sally Amaki. Tomo Aizawa will be voiced by Rie Takahashi in Japanese and Lexi Nieto for the English dub. And Kaito Ishikawa will voice Junichiro Kubota, and Rina Hidaka will voice Misuzu Gundo, both for the Japanese voiceover. The core production staff will consist of the following:
- Original work: Fumita Yanagida (Seikaisha COMICS)
- Director: Hitoshi Namba
- Assistant Director: Noriko Hashimoto
- Editor-in-chief: Megumi Shimizu
- Character Designer: Shiori Hiraiwa
- Music: Masaru Yokoyama
- Animation Studio: lay-duce
To your eternity (Season 2)
Recently announced to arrive on Crunchyroll this fall 2022 anime season, a brand new trailer has been revealed for the highly anticipated second season of To your eternity.
The story of the outcasts
A new teaser visual has been revealed for the anime adaptation of The story of the outcasts. It came with original artwork and a special message from manga author Makoto Hoshino.
- Synopsis: The demon at his side is his salvation. The girl by his side is his hobby. Their meeting in the late 19th century British Empire begins the story of a search for a place to belong. To their fellow outcasts, this demon and girl whisper their tale in the dark of night.
Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac – Battle for the Sanctuary
After recently announcing the acquisition, it was shared that Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac – Battle for Sanctuary will premiere on Crunchyroll this summer. Both sub and dub versions of the series will appear on the platform the same day they are released. Voice over languages will include English, Latin American Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.
In/Spectre (Season 2)
Fans were treated to the world premiere of the first In/Spectrum Season 2 trailer.
Season 1 can be binged on Crunchyroll now.
On Friday, July 1 at the North American premiere of the two new My Hero Academia Season 5 OVA, “HLB” and “Laugh! As if you were in hell”, which will debut on Crunchyroll on August 1 at 5:00 a.m. PT. The OVAs (Original Video Animation) will be subtitled and dubbed.
At Stampede Trigun Lock and load the panel!! on Saturday July 2, the participants were able to see the first trailer teasing footage of a young Vash and his twin brother Knives, as well as Rem trying to send the brothers to safety. Time flies and we see Vash, who has become a wanted man with a $60 billion bounty on his head. A new key visual starring Vash the Stampede also debuted for the recently announced anime series reboot which will air on Crunchyroll in 2023. Additionally, the Japanese voice cast was announced, which included Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Vash Stampede. , Junya Ikeda as Knives Millions, Tomoyo Kurosawa as Young Vash, Yumiri Hanamori as Young Knives, and Maaya Sakamoto as Rem Saverem. It was also announced that Kenji Muto will direct the series. On-site panelists included Yasuhiro Nightow (writer), Kouji Tajima (concept artist), Kiyotaka Waki (producer, Orange), Yoshihiro Watanabe (producer, Orange) and Katsuhiro Takei (producer, Toho).
If you missed all the in-person events at Anime Expo but still want to get in on the action, Crunchyroll will be hosting daily recaps of all the highlights from its Twitter, instagram, ICT Tacand Youtube channel.
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