San Diego Comic-Con may be cancelled, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it at home with Comic-Con@Home 2020. And what better way to start than with the part about Crunchyroll?
Crunchyroll is one of the most popular streamers of anime in the world. No, I’m not kidding. According to their own video above, they’ve got over 1000 titles with a total of over 30k episodes streaming in over 200 countries. Not only that, they’ve got subtitles in 8 different languages and dubs in 5. It’s not for all series though, so sorry to disappoint everyone of you who speaks neither English nor Japanese. Crunchyroll also has over 2 million subscribers, over 40 million social media followers, and over 65 million registered users. Yeah, no matter what metric you use, Crunchyroll is immensely popular.
Crunchyroll’s Latest Shows
Rent-A-Girlfriend is a new romantic comedy anime based on the manga by Reiji Miyajima. The story revolves around Kazuya Kinoshita, who after getting dumped by his girlfriend, decides to respond by using a dating app to “rent” a girlfriend. Enter Chizuru Mizuhara, who appears to be the perfect girlfriend. Too perfect, it seems. It gets to the point where she ends up creeping Kazuya out and thus he gives her a low score on the app. This, in turn, causes her to snap and be truthful to him for the first time since this whole “date” started. Thus, he ends up finding her attractive, and it seems she returns those feelings as well.
Will this fake love they have turn into real love? Find out on Crunchyroll now, because Rent-A-Girlfriend premiered on July 11.
2. The God of High School
In a world filled with humans, gods, and demons; teenager Jin Mo-Ri gets invited to a mixed martial arts tournament called “The God of High School”. The prize? Any wish the winner makes will come true. This intrigues Jin and he joins in, only to get himself caught up in a battle between divine beings with supernatural powers. Boy, is he in over his head.
If you want to check out supernatural martial arts in action, catch it on Crunchyroll now, since The God of Highschool premiered on July 6.
3. Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Fifth Plate
Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma is back for its 5th and final season in The Fifth Plate. This time, Soma Yukihira and his friends have to face off against the gourmet underworld in an international cooking competition called “BLUE”. The prize? Apparently, Erina Nakiri herself, courtesy of one of the underworld chefs kidnapping her. Strangely high stakes for a cooking competition, but I can dig it.
Will Soma rescue the gourmet princess, or will Erina decide she’s had enough and breaks out herself? Find out on Crunchyroll, but don’t be disappointed about the low number of episodes. The pandemic hit Japan and the anime industry too.
Prepare for a time travelling post-apocalyptic adventure in Gibiate. A samurai and a ninja from the early Edo period find themselves flung into 2030 Japan. Unfortunately, a lot has happened while they were time-jumping. Notably, a virus called “Gibia” has spread throughout the world and turned humans into monsters. The two of them end up fighting to protect a scientist and her daughter as they try to find a cure before humanity is extinct.
Gibiate premiered on July 15 on Crunchyroll, so if you want to see a post-apocalyptic retake on Samurai Champloo, check it out.
5. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax is the 3rd season of the series, so you know it’s popular. This season concludes the adventures of Hachiman Hikigaya, Yukino Yukinoshita, Yui Yuigahama and the other members of the Service Club as they decide once and for all who goes out with who.
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax debuted on Crunchyroll on July 9, so check out the romcom adventures for yourself.
6. Onyx Equinox
One of Crunchyroll’s original shows: Onyx Equinox definitely looks promising. I can’t find much info about this show though. All I can tell is that it looks like a Mesoamerican Avatar: The Last Airbender, featuring freaky demons, really freaky Aztec gods (like they were meant to be), and a whole lot of blood. Oh yeah, and there’s a poor boy who has been chosen by these nightmarish gods to save the world. What these gods count as “save the world” is anyone’s guess, but it’s probably not going to turn out well for our hero.
I’m honestly really sorry that I can’t give you an exact release date for Onyx Equinox. It’s hard enough finding basic info on this really promising series. All I can tell you is that it’s going to come out Summer 2020. Considering that it’s July already, hopefully that means soon.
7. So I’m a Spider, So What?
Looks like we’re getting a unique new isekai anime in the form of So I’m a Spider, So What? Basically, a high school girl who dies in the real world ends up getting reincarnated into a fantasy world. Simple premise, right? Only, she gets reborn as a spider monster. So, not so simple premise. She’s going to have to make full use of whatever powers she’s been granted just to survive in this new world here, especially since a whole lot of other things apparently want to eat her.
So I’m a Spider, So What will be coming out on Crunchyroll in January 2021, so see you then.
8. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime OAD 4
“Rimuru’s Glamorous Life as a Teacher” continues in this 4th original animation DVD of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, now coming to Crunchyroll. Talking as someone who’s interested in the anime but hasn’t watched it yet, I honestly have no idea what’s going on. There’s something about the students in each class having to protect their teacher during a trip as an exam, but then thieves beset them, and that’s it for my knowledge here.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime OAD 4 is out now on Crunchyroll, so catch it if you’re a fan of this series. I know I will after I finally get around to watching the anime proper.
9. How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Omega
How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Omega is the 2nd season of the anime series. The premise is that Takuma Sakamoto, a top player of a MMORPG called Cross Reverie, gets summoned into the world of that game as his character Demon Lord Diablo by a pair of amateur summoners. They try to make him their servant, but the spell backfires and they end up being his servants instead. And now they have to travel the land looking for a way to remove the spells and free themselves.
The 1st season of How Not to Summon a Demon Lord is out now on Crunchyroll. Omega will come out in 2021. The month hasn’t even been established yet, so you might be in for a wait.
10. TONIKAWA: Over the Moon for You
TONIKAWA is a sci-fi romantic comedy about a boy named Nasa Yuzaki who falls in love with a girl named Tsukasa Tsukuyomi after the latter saves the former from getting hit by a truck. The feelings are reciprocated, but with a catch. Before she’ll go out with him, he must marry her. Wait, doesn’t she have that backwards? And where does the sci-fi come in?
TONIKAWA will be released on Crunchyroll in October 2020, so catch you then.
11. With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun
Follow Hidekichi Matsumoto’s daily life as she tries to cope with having both a dog and a cat in the same building. Naturally, chaos is unleashed in this adorable comedy.
With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun is arrive in Crunchyroll in October 2020, so catch these two then before they run out the door!
12. The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter
The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter tells the story of Noir, the son of a minor noble with nothing but a job to his name, and even that ends before he even started working his 1st day. Despondent, he turns to dungeon trekking in order to amass enough wealth until he can be someone.
There’s no trailer, and not even any release date for the anime I can find. You’re just going to have to take my word for it that it’s coming to Crunchyroll sometime in the future.
Ex-Arm tells the story of Akira Natsume, who has a phobia of electrical devices, and now a sudden death in an accident. 16 years later, in a dystopian world, a policewoman and her android assistant is forced to insert an AI in their ship out of desperation. Turns out, said AI is actually the mind of Akira, who has been somehow turned into a smart AI in the intervening time.
Ex-Arm is scheduled to arrive in Crunchyroll in 2020. When in 2020 is something I can’t tell you, because the producers themselves aren’t sure yet. It’s either fall of 2020 or later. Pandemics have a way of messing everyone’s schedules.
15. Monster Girl Doctor
Monster Girl Doctor takes place in the city of Lindworm, where humans and monsters live together in harmony in the aftermath of a long and terrible war between them. In this city, human Dr. Glenn Leitbeit and his lamia nurse Saphentite Neikes work in a clinic to treat their varied patients. Considering the wildly different anatomies and biology of their monster patients, this is no joke.
Monster Girl Doctor is out on Crunchyroll right now, so catch it if you want to watch a anime made by monster girl lovers for monster girl lovers. Or if you just like xenofiction.