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!
Tales of Vesperia was one of the defining RPGs of a generation, and now, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this iconic Tales game, Bandai Namco is re-releasing the incredible adventure for everyone to enjoy! Today is the anticipated return of a fan favorite, remastered for a new generation of gamers in the form of Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition, available on the PlayStation®4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch™.
Sifting through the entirety of anime from 2018 isn’t the only process that the nominees had to go through before being selected. The nominees for Anime Awards this year weren’t randomly picked. They were selected through a rigorous process that involved a number of judges’ votes and a lot of internal and external decision making. Learn all about our process here!
The Anime Awards are just a little more than a day away - that is, the day that we reveal the nominees for this years' Anime Awards and open voting to fans!! We had an incredible panel of 20+ judges sift through the 217+ anime eligible for the coveted title of "Anime of the Year", and over the course of six weeks and two rounds of voting, the judges narrowed it down to just six nominees that we're very excited to reveal to all of you...on Friday at 12:01am Pacific Time.
Two and a half years ago, Studio Bones’ critical and fan darling Mob Psycho 100 changed everything. No, not for its once-in-a-generation opening sequence, nor was it for the anime’s unbelievable animation or its earnest and lovable cast of characters. In September 2016, Twitter user @DoonaDraws accidentally kicked off one of the best memes many of us have had the pleasure of experiencing: #RedrawReigen. Now, with Season 2 launching, it returns.