The 2020 Anime Awards are soon approaching, and we’re excited to share a few updates with all of you today! This is our fourth Anime Awards, and we’ve been working hard to make it better every year! Please read ahead on updates to our categories and judges.
It's simple - just pose like a One Piece character in the anime, post your side-by-side on your Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #OnePiece20, and you're set! Make sure you're following Crunchyroll's offiical account on whichever platform you post on so that we can contact you if you're a winner ~
In the last week or two, some of you may have seen some changes to the Crunchyroll video player on desktop and web browsers. Today, now that 50% of visitors to Crunchyroll will be experiencing their favorite anime this way, we’re pleased to announce that we’re rolling out a new video player! In the coming days, barring any major bugs, we’ll be updating the web player for all Crunchyroll fans around the world. We hope this makes watching anime with us even better for all of you!
Journey back to the other world in Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. LEVEL-5’s classic tale returns remastered on PS4 and PC with improved graphics and performance, and on the go on Nintendo Switch. Join Oliver as he embarks on an adventure through a world inhabited by new friends and ferocious foes alike in the hopes of bringing back his mother after a tragic incident. With a copy of the Wizard’s Companion in his hand and his trusty friend Drippy by his side, he will travel across this rich fantasy world to tame familiars, take on enemies, and overcome the countless challenges that stand between him and his mother’s salvation.
In late 2016, animator Sae Okamoto (SUSHI POLICE, Monster Strike the Movie) launched a kickstarter for a piece of original animation entitled MECHA-UDE. The campaign was successful, raising $67,918 across 999 backers - more than double the initial goal. This morning, Reina Scully released the entire first episode with Japanese audio and English subtitles on her YouTube channel, which you can watch here.
Is your favorite anime one of the most popular on Crunchyroll? Last week, we started a new type of feature here at Crunchyroll where we shared popularity charts, and you all seemed to enjoy it, so we're back again!
Wizards of the Coast announced early this evening that they would be releasing Japanese alternate-art versions of all 36 planeswalker cards in their upcoming Magic: the Gathering expansion, War of the Spark, featuring illustrations from character designers like the legendary Yoshitaka Amano (Angel’s Egg, Vampire Hunter D, Final Fantasy) and Daisuke Izuka (Fire Emblem, GATE light novels).
Many of you ask: what’s the most popular anime right now? You might have a good guess—maybe you’re seeing a ton of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure on your Twitter feed or noticed that My Hero Academia and Mob Psycho 100 dominate Tumblr’s “fandomomics” rankings—but it’s hard to really know. That is, unless you ask the biggest anime community in the world! Read more after the jump!
Auteur director Kunihiko Ikuhara is known for his dazzling visuals, big ideas, and bold statements about society, sexuality, and the sublime. With a strong directorial voice and a resume that includes Sailor Moon, Revolutionary Girl Utena, and Penguindrum, every new anime with his name attached attracts critical interest, and with a penchant for the dramatic and bizarre, each of those anime also attract confusion, shock, and awe. When Sarazanmai premiered yesterday, it was no different. People lost their minds.
Today, following the conclusion of the 24th episode of the Sword Art Online: Alicization TV anime, the official Japanese Sword Art Online Twitter account shared that the anime would continue this October as “Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld”, covering the second half of the Alicization arc.
P.A. Works founder and president Kenji Horikawa and producer Takayuki Nagatani (Infinite) took the stage at AnimeJapan this Sunday to share experiences of working on the anime about making anime, SHIROBAKO, and provide insights into the upcoming film, announced last summer at a special fan event held in the Musashino neighborhood. Crunchyroll staff was front and center at this event to find out the latest updates with the staff favorite series!
To celebrate this launch, XSEED Games has generously shared three copies of the ‘At the Seams’ edition for the Playstation 4™ with the Crunchyroll team, and we’re looking for three lucky people to give them away to!! Enter our sweepstakes below for your chance to win - it only takes a moment to enter your information, and there’s multiple ways to enter if you want to increase your odds ~
At the most recent Crunchyroll Expo, I had the unbelievable opportunity to sit down with Atsuko Ishizuka, the director of A Place Further Than the Universe, one of the most revered series of 2018, anime or otherwise. Take a look to find out more!