Crunchyroll, one of the internet’s biggest resources for online anime just announced a bunch of new slate of original anime productions.
Produced alongside respected publishers including Kodansha, animation studios such as MAPPA, and coming from Crunchyroll Studios, this first reveal is, we hope, the start of something different from the online anime archive. Building on Crunchyroll’s already huge library of more than 1,000 titles and 30,000 episodes available right now, the eight new titles bring anime adventurers across a wealth of genres, spanning adventure, fantasy, romance, historical fiction, and more. While it might be a bit more passive than button bashing through Jump Force, the full list of upcoming anime below looks pretty impressive.
- “In/Spectre” – In this Crunchyroll Original, supernatural romance mixes with an enthralling, fantastical mystery, as a duo sets out to solve a series of dark incidents plaguing their world.
- “Tower of God” – A Crunchyroll and WEBTOON Production, based on the comic series “Tower of God” created by SIU and published by WEBTOON, this dark fantasy action series centers on the journey of a young man as he battles his way through the mysterious Tower, building friendships, discovering the rules that govern this tower, and facing unimaginable terrors, as he strives to find the only friend he’s ever known. Animation produced by TELECOM ANIMATION FILM. Production Management provided by SOLA ENTERTAINMENT.
- “Onyx Equinox” – In this Crunchyroll Studios Production created by Sofia Alexander, a young Aztec boy is saved from death by the gods and chosen to act as ‘humanity’s champion,’ forced to discard his apathy toward his fellow man and prove humanity’s potential in a fight that spans across fantastical-yet-authentic Mesoamerican cultures.
- “The God of High School” – A Crunchyroll Original, based on the comic series “The God of High School” created by Yongje Park and published by WEBTOON, this action-packed series follows a high schooler and his friends as they compete in an epic tournament, borrowing power directly from the gods and uncovering a mysterious organization along the way… With the promise of their heart’s deepest desires, motivating their tournament victory. Animation produced by MAPPA. Production Management provided by SOLA ENTERTAINMENT.
- “Noblesse” – A Crunchyroll and WEBTOON Production, based on the comic series “Noblesse” from Jeho Son and Kwangsu Lee and published by WEBTOON, this fantasy follows a powerful vampire noble who is thrown into modern civilization after 820 years of slumber. Dangerous adventures with his new friends await as they combat a secret organization and uncover his past. Animation produced by Production I.G.
- “Meiji Gekken: Sword & Gun (Working title)” – Japan, 1870. We follow an ensemble of characters – a former samurai, a yakuza bodyguard, a devious spy, and a geisha assassin – as they try to find their place in the rapidly evolving Meiji-era while escaping the sins of their pasts…Inspired by historical events. A Crunchyroll Studios Production.
- “FreakAngels” – After civilization comes to a sudden and crashing end, twelve 23-year-old psychics living in the rubble of London must check their wild impulses and discover their better angels in order to rebuild society. A Crunchyroll Studios Production based on the graphic novels by Warren Ellis & Paul Duffield.
- “High Guardian Spice” – In this Crunchyroll Studios production created by Raye Rodriguez, four fierce girls train to become great heroes at High Guardian Academy, where they form allegiances, uncover betrayals, and discover their true identities, while preparing to protect the world from an ominous unknown threat.
Kicking off with In/Spectre, viewers can start watching the Crunchyroll Originals right now while the rest of the collection will air throughout the rest of 2020. While this isn’t the first time that Crunchyroll has expanded its role beyond pressing play, it’s certainly one of the more significant experiments that the streaming platform has announced. With an annual awards ceremony, an anime games arm, and several fully funded anime already under its belt, the Crunchyroll Originals brand looks like it could be a big deal and full of some awesome anime. Check out the titles over at the official Crunchyroll website now.