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Anime Expo: Crunchyroll Announces New Shows For Summer and Beyond.


Anime Expo in Los Angeles is one of the highest-profile, most established anime conventions in North America. For a second year running, this year's event (traditionally held over the July 4th weekend) was unable to take place and headed online for the Anime Expo Lite virtual con. The event itself may have been unusual, but some of the biggest names in Japanese animation were still 'at' the convention this year to make their announcements.

Streaming stalwart Crunchyroll took to the virtual stage to talk about their upcoming anime lineup. During their panel, they unveiled a slate of new series set to come to the series this summer. The selection includes some returning favourites plus a number of brand new series.

The following series are confirmed for the Summer season:

‣ Battle Game in 5 Seconds  SYNOPSIS: "A battle of quick wit and power commences as a group of individuals battle every five seconds after meeting! Premieres July. Crunchyroll also included a special video message from Ayumu Murase, the voice of Akira Shiroyanagi from the series."

‣  Peach Boy Riverside  "One princess aims to travel the world when one day she encounters a famous ogre-slaying warrior! Premieres July."

‣  Girlfriend, Girlfriend -"From the creator of AHO-GIRL comes a story of a triangular relationship as one high schooler dates two girlfriends at the same time! Premieres July."

‣  TSUKIMICHI -Moonlit Fantasy- - "Shunned by a goddess by not being enough of a hero, one former high school student aims to survive in a new fantasy world! Premieres July."

‣  Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles - "Realizing his mysterious past, one orphan sets out to live a better life attending a prestigious academy for noble children."

‣  Fena: Pirate Princess  "After an orphan escapes to the high seas, she takes her place as captain of a pirate crew for a swashbuckling adventure! Fena: Pirate Princess is a Crunchyroll and Adult Swim Original premiering this summer. Adult Swim will air the English dubbed series in North America and Crunchyroll will stream the subtitled series worldwide outside of Asia. "

‣  Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S  "Tohru, Kobayashi and all the dragon friends are back in all-new episodes of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S! Premieres July. "

‣  My Next Life As a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X  "All routes lead to another great season of Catarina Claes' comedic adventures in love. Premieres July 3"

‣  Drug Store in Another World - The Slow Life of a Cheat Pharmacist  "One man sent to another world is going to make the best of his medicine crafting skills, and that's the doctor's orders! Premieres July. "

They also took a look further ahead and talked about some other series coming to Crunchyroll later in the year and beyond. The following series were confirmed:

‣  Restaurant to Another World 2  SYNOPSIS: " There is a certain restaurant that looks completely normal through the week, but on Saturdays, it opens in secret exclusively to some very unique guests in various areas of a parallel world. Premieres October. "

‣  SAKUGAN  "This original anime follows a father and daughter on an epic journey that brings them face to face with danger in order to uncover the truth. Premieres October. "

‣ The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window  "In this horror mystery anime, bookstore employee Mikado has a fateful encounter with an exorcist named Hiyakawa and must help out with exorcism duties. Premieres October."

‣  The World's Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat  - "When a great assassin is reborn in another world, he finds himself the heir to a long line of killers from the shadows. With both his modern-day knowledge and experience and the special magic and techniques of this new world, he could very well become the most unstoppable assassin in history…! Premieres October. "

‣  In the Land of Leadale  "A leisurely adventure tale is about to begin, featuring a girl transported to a game world and the smiles and tears she shares with her quirky companions! Premieres January 2022."

‣  Orient " This is a story about Musashi, a 15-year-old boy who lives in Japan during the Sengoku period where Japan is ruled by demons and Mushashi must try to confront these creatures with a certain special power!"

Crunchyroll are also preparing for an event of their own, with the Virtual Crunchyroll Expo running from August 5-8. During their Anime Expo panel, the company announced that they will be (virtually) bringing cast members of the upcoming second season of Restaurant To Another World to attend a panel on the upcoming show. The voice actors in attendance will be Junichi Suwabe, Saori Onishi and Sumire Uesaka.

Anime Expo content is viewable online to passholders via the website up until July 16.

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