The summer 2018 anime season is fast approaching, and you'll be seeing plenty of additions to Crunchyroll's simulcast lineup. Consider this post your one-stop, regularly-updated destination for all things summer, so let's take a look at some of the series we can look forward to so far.
Four-member girls band THE THIRD (Kari/Tentative) was originally formed to support stage performance of other bands in the BanG Dream! franchise, which consist of voice actresses who are not professional musicians. At their second solo live concert in Tokyo last night, they finally announced their official band name, "RAISE A SUILEN" to the fans. Hit the jump for more details.
The music video for 22-year-old voice actress Yui Ogura's 8th single song "Eien Shonen" has been already viewed over 300,000 times on YouTube in three weeks. In commemoration of the record, her official YouTube channel has also posted a short version MV for the single's coupling song "Love Me x Love Me" featuring her dance performance at a tennis court. Check out her cuteness after the jump!
Just two days before its theatrical release in Japan, Warner Brothers Japan's official YouTube channel has posted a 30-second special clip for the upcoming live-action film Bleach, newly narrated by 45-year-old voice actor Masakazu Morita, who played the protagonist Ichigo Kurosaki in the anime series for eight years. In the clip, he sends a message to Ichigo, "Risk your life, Live passionately!"
Following PPP's first album "PPP in The Sky!!" in April of this year, the Kemono Friends franchise's official music site announced on July 17 that its three-member voice actress unit Dobutsu Biscuits will release their first full album "Safari Drive♪" on this year's World Animal Day, October 4. The unit consists of Yuka Ozaki (Serval), Kana Motomiya (Fennec), and Saki Ono (Araiguma/Common Raccoon). Hit the jump for more information.
The official website and Twitter for the upcoming live-action TV drama adaptation of Hiroyuki Nishimori's school thug-themed comedy manga Kyo Kara Ore Wa!! (I will be, from today on) reveals its four main cast visuals: Kento Kaku (29) as Takashi Mitsuhashi, Kentaro Ito (21) as Shinji Ito, Nana Seino (23) as Riko Akasaka, and Kanna Hashimoto (19) as Kyoko Hayakawa. See how they portray their characters in 1980s costume after the jump!
Want the best-ever proof you've seen Tokyo's life-sized Gundam Unicorn? A new photo deck is opening for a limited time to make sure you get the perfect photo! Hit the jump for more about the event, and about the Tokyo Gundam Project.
If you're a fan of Detective Conan -- especially Ran Mouri -- listen up! The show's official smartphone app will be running a collection of her best manga moments from now until the beginning of August! Find out more after the jump.
I hope you all haven’t gotten tired of us, cuz VRV is hitting the road hardcore for the next few weeks. Next stop: San Diego Comic-Con! Hit the jump for a sneak peak at some very big convention plans!
Crunchyroll and Funimation have teamed up to release collections of anime series on Blu-ray and DVD in North America. The latest slate of titles are now available for pre-order with release dates in October 2018. Hit the jump for the full slate.
Now that Sonic Mania Plus is officially out, it's time for the final chapter in Tyson Hesse's excellent series of animated shorts. Check out part five of Sonic Mania Adventures below, followed by a fittingly old school infomercial for the updated retail release of the platformer.
Even in the world of Steins;Gate 0, you'll never have to say goodbye to Kurisu. A new figure echoing the events of Steins;Gate 0 episode 8 is coming soon, featuring the beloved character. Check it out after the jump!
Ash and Pikachu's reimagined Pokémon adventure is hitting home with Japanese audiences: the latest film topped Pia Cinemas' satisfaction poll this week! Find out more after the jump, including what else topped the charts in Japan last weekend.
Fate/Grand Order Duel is previewing more Servants! The board game based on the popular mobile game will be adding Jeanne Alter, Medusa, and more to its ranks. Check out the new figures after the jump.
After an absence of over a decade, Oruchuban Ebichu - a raunchy gag manga by Risa Itō about the everyday life of a talking hamster and the humans she lives with - is returning to manga serialization with a new series entitled Oruchuban Ebichu Chu. Hit the jump to learn more.
The stage play adaptation of Mob Psycho 100, a manga by One about a tremendously powerful psychic teenage boy, continues in September of 2018 with a sequel story-line, and now members of the main cast have been revealed in full costume and make-up. Hit the jump to learn more.