Crunchyroll Anime Streaming Service Launches on LG Smart TVs

The Crunchyroll anime streaming service app launched Feb. 21 on LG Electronics smart TVs in the United States and across international regions.

The service features more than 18,000 hours, 46,000 episodes and films, and 3,300 Japanese music videos and concert specials.

Viewers will also get expanded access to the simulcast series streaming on Crunchyroll shortly after premiering in Japan, including the dark fantasy “Solo Leveling,” “Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End,” and the comedic “Mashle: Magic and Muscles,The Divine Visionary Candidate Exam Arc,” among other content. Crunchyroll’s catalog is available in subtitled or dubbed formats across more than 12 languages including English, Spanish (Latin America and Spain/Castilian), Portuguese, French, German, Arabic, Italian, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil.

“Our new partnership with LG makes it even easier to be an anime fan,” Kaliel Roberts, chief product officer at Crunchyroll, said in a statement. “Anime offers a variety of genres and viewing adventures and now viewers have even more options to dive deeper.”

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Crunchyroll has more than 13 million paying subscribers globally, and serves 200 countries and territories with a dedicated anime streaming library, while also offering events and experiential, theatrical, gaming, merchandise, ecommerce and more.

Crunchyroll Now Available on Samsung Smart TVs

Anime application Crunchyroll is now available on Samsung Smart TVs in the United States, with users in other markets to gain access by the end of the week, according to the service.

The app is available on all 2017-2023 Samsung Smart TVs.

With the launch, Samsung Smart TV users can access Crunchyroll’s library of anime content, including more than 46,000 episodes and movies, 3,300 Japanese music videos and concert specials, and the latest shows available on Crunchyroll on-demand, all with the option of subtitles or dubs across more than 12 local languages including English, Spanish (Latin America and Spain/Castilian), Portuguese, French, German, Arabic, Italian, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil.

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“Anime is one of the fastest-growing entertainment mediums worldwide,” Kaliel Roberts, chief product officer at Crunchyroll, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to enhance access to Crunchyroll for Samsung’s Smart TV users. Samsung is providing a seamless experience for both dedicated anime fans and the anime-curious, allowing them to easily sign up and access their favorite anime directly on their TV screens.”

Crunchyroll boasts the world’s largest selection of anime titles, according to the service, including “My Hero Academia,” “Jujutsu Kaisen,” “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba,” “Chainsaw Man” and “Attack on Titan,” as well as classics such as “Cowboy Bebop” and “One Piece.”

Crunchyroll is available in more than 200 countries and territories, offering a dedicated anime library and new simulcast series shortly after they premiere in Japan.

Crunchyroll Anime Streaming Service Hits 13 Million Paid Subcribers

The anime streaming service Crunchyroll has reached 13 million paid subscribers.

The service is available on more than 14 platforms, including all gaming consoles and is subtitled and dubbed in more than 12 languages.

Crunchyroll boast the world’s largest anime library with 46,000 episodes.

The service also offers free ad-supported content.

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Crunchyroll Launching Fan Shops in Walmart Stores

Anime destination Crunchyroll will launch the Crunchyroll Fan Shop in more than 2,400 Walmart stores nationwide.

Through the new partnership, the Crunchyroll Fan Shop will include exclusive and other anime merchandise and items from series including “Dragon Ball Super,” “Dragon Ball Z,” “My Hero Academia,” “Akira” and more.  Products featured in the Crunchyroll Fan Shop will be continually refreshed throughout 2024. 

“Crunchyroll’s availability at Walmart will make anime more accessible than ever, inviting even more fans into this dynamic and exciting world,” Mitchel Berger, SVP, global commerce, Crunchyroll, said in a statement. “This launch reinforces our commitment to spreading the love of anime to an even wider audience, and we can’t wait to see the joy it brings to fans this holiday season.”

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The Crunchyroll Fan Shop features 16 home video products, including 10 Walmart exclusives and manga, vinyl and other items. Debuting at the Crunchyroll Fan Shop, Crunchyroll is introducing physical subscription cards to allow fans to sign up for one month, three months or 12 months of the streaming service. Subscription gift cards do not require a credit card for purchase.

Exclusive Walmart Blu-ray collections include: 

  • Dragon Ball Z — Seasons 1-3
  • Dragon Ball Z — Seasons 4-6
  • Dragon Ball Z — Seasons 7-9
  • Dragon Ball Super — Parts 1-2
  • Dragon Ball Super — Parts  3-4
  • Dragon Ball Super — Parts  5-6 
  • Dragon Ball Super — Parts  7-8
  • Dragon Ball Super — Parts  9-10 
  • My Hero Academia — Seasons 1-2
  • My Hero Academia — Seasons  3-4

 

Anime merchandise and collectibles include: 

  • Attack on Titan: Attack on Titan 1 (Series No. 1) (Paperback)
  • Attack on Titan, Volume 34 (Paperback)
  • Fire Force: Fire Force 1 (Series No. 1)
  • Fire Force: Fire Force 2 (Series No. 2)
  • Toilet-bound Hanako-kun: Toilet-bound Hanako-kun, Vol. 17 (Series No. 17)
  • Toilet-bound Hanako-kun: Toilet-bound Hanako-kun, Vol. 18 (Series No. 18)
  • Blue Lock: Blue Lock 1 (Series No. 1) (Paperback)
  • Blue Lock 7
  • Demon Slayer Statues
  • Anime Plush
  • Naruto S.H. Figurarts
  • Dragonball Z S.H. Figurarts
  • Dragonball Z Banpresto Figures
  • Dragonball Z Ramen Bowl
  • Naruto Ramen Bowl
  • Jujutsu Kaisen Maxx Yume Capsules
  • Kanno Yugo – Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Golden Wind (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Vinyl
  • Bleach Original Soundtrack – Vinyl

Crunchyroll Anime Streaming Service Available on Prime Video Channels

The Crunchyroll anime subscription service is now available via Prime Video Channels in the United States, Canada, Sweden and the United Kingdom with additional territories to follow throughout 2024.

Prime members can select from two Crunchyroll channel memberships: Fan ($7.99 per month in the U.S.) or Mega Fan ($9.99 per month in the U.S.), both of which allow customers to stream the entire Crunchyroll library ad-free, while enjoying new episodes shortly after release in Japan. At launch, Mega Fan subscribers can also download titles for offline viewing, with additional non-video benefits to be added shortly. Crunchyroll subscribers have access to a large library of anime of 24,000 hours, 46,000 episodes, and more than 1,300 series and films.

“Crunchyroll offers an anime adventure for every kind of fan. From sports to romantic comedy, horror and action to slice-of-life, even the anime-curious can get immersed in our library,” Terry Li, EVP of emerging business at Crunchyroll, said in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming new fans into the anime community through our launch on Prime Video Channels.”

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“Prime Video already offers an unparalleled collection of premium entertainment, including third-party channels so customers can enjoy their favorite movies and series directly on Prime Video,” Matt Cohen, head of content acquisition and partnerships, Prime Video Channels, said in a statement. “With the addition of Crunchyroll to Prime Video Channels, Prime members can now easily stream anime content on Prime Video.”

Crunchyroll serves fans in more than 200 countries and territories with a dedicated anime library, along with theatrical, events and experiential, games, consumer products, and more.

Crunchyroll and GSN Launch Crunchyroll FAST Channel

Anime supplier Crunchyroll and GSN have announced the launch of a new 24/7 FAST channel to promote anime carried on LG Channels, The Roku Channel and Vizio WatchFree+. The channel will launch on Amazon Freevee Oct. 17.

The Crunchyroll channel will immediately make a telecast schedule of catalog anime available. Series available at launch include “Horimiya,” “Ranking of Kings,” “Moriarty the Patriot,” “PSYCHO–PASS,” “Arifureta,” “Sugar Apple Fairytale,” “To Your Eternity’ and “Code Geass.” New and premium anime content will remain on Crunchyroll’s SVOD and AVOD services, according to a Crunchroll release.

The network will be programmed with dubbed series in English at launch. Other promotional, genre and themed programming blocks will be scheduled for viewers to sample the wide range of anime being created from Japan, according to the release.

“The Crunchyroll Channel is a gateway to the world of anime where we will guide viewers to discover new worlds, new stories and new characters,” Rahul Purini, president of Crunchyroll, said in a statement. “And thanks to our distribution partners at launch, millions of fans have easy access to the medium that is taking the world by storm.”

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“GSN is thrilled by the massive response from our platform partners for this channel, which is a testament to Crunchyroll’s brand and library,” Tim Carry, EVP of distribution for GSN, said in a statement. “We are grateful to bring this channel to market.”

Disc Sets of ‘My Dress-Up Darling,’ ‘Bluelock’ and ‘Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero’ Due This Fall From Crunchyroll

A limited edition and standard edition Blu-ray box set of the anime series “My Dress-Up Darling” will arrive Nov. 7 from Crunchyroll. Additionally, Crunchyroll will debut a Bluelock Part 1 set on Blu-ray Nov. 14 and a Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero set on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Nov. 21. 

My Dress-Up Darling – The Complete Season — Limited Edition is available on Blu-ray (plus DVD). In the series, Wakana Gojo is a high school boy who wants to become a kashirashi — a master craftsman who makes traditional Japanese Hina dolls. Though he’s gung-ho about the craft, he knows nothing about the latest trends, and has a hard time fitting in with his class. The popular kids — especially one girl, Marin Kitagawa — seem like they live in a completely different world. That all changes one day, when she shares an unexpected secret with him, and their completely different worlds collide. My Dress-Up Darling – The Complete Season — Limited Edition special features include a “My Dress-Up Darling” dub cast and crew Q&A; “Marin’s Cosplay Breakdown”; promo videos; and textless opening and ending songs. Exclusives include nine art cards; a 16-month calendar and cosplay planner; a sticker sheet; and a 104-page art book.

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In Bluerock Part 1, available on Blu-ray and Blu-ray (plus DVD), Japan’s desire for World Cup glory leads the Japanese Football Association to launch a new rigorous training program to find the national team’s next striker. Three hundred high school players are pitted against each other for the position, but only one will come out on top. Who among them will be the striker to usher in a new era of Japanese soccer? Extras include 12 mini-anime episodes and textless opening and ending songs.

In Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, available on 4K Blu-ray Disc, the Red Ribbon Army was once destroyed by Son Goku. Individuals, who carry on its spirit, have created the ultimate Androids, Gamma 1 and Gamma 2. These two Androids call themselves “Super Heroes.” They start attacking Piccolo and Gohan. What is the New Red Ribbon Army’s objective? In the face of approaching danger, it is time to awaken, Super Hero. Extras include a 2022 special video, trailers, promo videos and a metallic art card.

Also due on Blu-ray Nov. 7 are Beast Tamer — The Complete Season, More Than a Married Couple, but Not Lovers — The Complete Season, and Classroom of the Elite — Season 2

 

Crunchyroll to Give Fans a Workout at San Diego Comic-Con

Crunchyroll will mount the first-ever “Crunchyroll Ultimate Anime Fitness Challenge,” immersive show floor pieces, panels and anime exhibits at the Comic-Con Museum during San Diego Comic-Con July 20-23.

Crunchyroll is teaming up with Hardcore Fitness in downtown San Diego to create “Crunchyroll’s Ultimate Anime Fitness Challenge.” Crunchyroll subscribers and SDCC badge holders can sign up for non-intensive, light workout sessions at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. July 21 and July 22 at Hardcore Fitness (1014 Fifth Ave., Suite 120). Fitness writer, influencer and anime fan Charles Thorp (along with Crunchyroll co-hosts Lauren Moore and Tim Lyu)  will take trainees through accessible fitness routines inspired by anime heroes — weight training, self-defense and more. Fans can register at CrunchyrollAnimeFitness.rsvpify.com; space is limited.

Crunchyroll will also be on the San Diego Comic-Con show floor with a booth (#4135) featuring scenes and sounds from hit anime. Comic-Con attendees that long for their own domain expansions may enter “The”Jujutsu Kaisen” Experience,” where they will find themselves immersed in iconic moments. Also at the booth, Crunchyroll is giving out Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero wristbands; “Solo Leveling” and “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” posters; and art cards for “Jujutsu Kaisen” and “My Hero Academia.”

Crunchyroll is presenting new exhibits and features at the Comic-Con Museum. Beginning July 18 at 10 a.m. PT, a statue depicting the legendary fight between “My Hero Academia’s” All Might and All for One will be on display, and in partnership with Mondo, Crunchyroll will honor “Cowboy Bebop’s” 25th anniversary with an exhibit that features 28 never-before-seen commissioned art pieces. Tickets are available on the Comic-Con Museum Official Website.

A Crunchroll industry panel, with info on the anime coming out of Crunchyroll, will take place July 20 at 3 p.m. PT at the San Diego Convention Center,  Room 6A. The panel is hosted by Crunchyroll’s Lauren Moore and Tim Lyu.

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At the San Diego Convention Center on July 20 at 10 a.m. PT, there will also be a panel, “Amazing! Fantastic! Incredible! News From the Comic-Con Museum,” emceed by Eddie Ibrahim and featuring comic book historian and film producer Michael Uslan; writer, illustrator and writer Colleen Duran; art historian and curator Kim Munson; Stage Nine Exhibits CEO Troy Carlson; the godfather of color book digital coloring Steve Oliff; executive director of the Comic-Con Museum Rita Vandergaw; and GM of Crunchyroll Games and SVP of emerging business Terry Li.

Crunchyroll will be hosting daily recaps on its Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube Channel.

Crunchyroll Acquires Rights to Animated Series Featuring K-Pop Group BTS

Crunchyroll has acquired rights to the upcoming animated superhero series “Bastions” — featuring the K-pop group BTS — from Korean producers Thymos Media and will begin airing the five-part series on Saturdays, beginning May 13. 

The global streaming rights extend worldwide, excluding China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, North Korea and South Korea.

“Crunchyroll has an extraordinary opportunity to introduce fans to more animation styles from Asia, and this exciting new series from Korea does just that,” Asa Suehira, Crunchyroll’s chief content officer, said in a statement. “And having the music of so many K-pop stars really broadens the appeal of ‘Bastions.’”

The series is about a group of rookie superheroes in a world where superheroes compete for popularity. The young dynamos emerge as full-fledged heroes after saving Earth from a crisis by uncovering the identity of a villain responsible for environmental pollution.

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The series fuses K-Pop and animation, with several K-pop original songs, including the main track and theme song by BTS. It’s the first project by BTS as a group since it released its anthology album “Proof” in June last year. “Bastions” will also feature music from K-pop girl group Le Sserafim and singers Heize and AleXa participating on its soundtrack.

“BTS is expected to provide an overwhelming sense of immersion to the emotions and action scenes of the series by singing the theme song in perfect harmony,” read a Thymos Media statement.

‘Spy x Family,’ ‘My Senpai’ Seasons Headed to Blu-ray and DVD From Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll June 13 will release part one of the first season of Anime Awards winner “Spy x Family” on Blu-ray and DVD and  a limited-edition Blu-ray and DVD box set for “My Senpai Is Annoying — The Complete Season.”  

In part one, season one, of “Spy x Family,” world peace is at stake and secret agent Twilight must undergo his most difficult mission yet — pretend to be a family man. Posing as a loving husband and father, he’ll infiltrate an elite school to get close to a high-profile politician. He has the perfect cover, except his wife’s a deadly assassin and neither knows each other’s identity. But someone does, his adopted daughter who’s a telepath. Special features on the release include Japanese voice actor interviews, an English dub panel, and a textless ending song.

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In “My Senpai,” being seen as a full-fledged business woman isn’t easy for Futaba Igarashi when her senpai, Harumi, treats her like a kid. Days for her are never typical, at work or outside of it, with all the antics going on in her life. As mishaps ensue, she’ll find herself growing closer with her loudmouth senpai. Maybe Futaba feels more than she lets on, but one thing’s for sure: she’s still annoyed. The “My Senpai” set includes an 80-page art book, four art cards and a sticker sheet.