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Crunchyroll debuts its first Originals slate and opens its Expo for fan submissions

The upcoming TOWER OF GOD finds its roots on Webtoon.

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The first  slate of Crunchyroll Originals is officially here. The streamer and anime brand recently announced eight new shows, in collaboration with Kodansha, studio MAPPA and its own Crunchyroll studios with genres ranging from historical fiction, fantasy, romance and more. It’s the next step for the company that’s co-produced over 60 anime since 2015, including The Junji Ito Universe, The Rising of the Shield Hero and A Place Further than the Universe. 

Crunchyroll Originals will debut eight new shows in this initial lineup. As far as release dates, go, it seems they’ll be staggered out through the year, so as not to cannibalize any of them. In/Spectre is available now, with Tower of God arriving on April 1 and Onyx Equinox scheduled for sometime this summer. The other five Crunchyroll Originals don’t have premieres yet, but we can likely expect at least a few more by the end of 2020 – and certainly by the time Crunchyroll Expo is here.

The annual anime celebration returns this September, with the announcement that programming submissions are now open to fans. So, if you’ve got an idea for a panel, cosplay meet-up or other entertainment, check out the criteria in the link above and send in an idea by May 7. Crunchyroll Expo takes place from September 4-6 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose California.

In the meantime, for more details on the Crunchyroll Originals, check out the official descriptions below as well as the launch trailer.

In/Spectre  In this Crunchyroll Original, supernatural romance mixes with an enthralling, fantastical mystery, as a duo sets out to solve a series of dark incidents plaguing their world. Airing now on Crunchyroll.

Tower of God  A Crunchyroll and WEBTOON Production, based on the comic series “Tower of God” created by SIU and published by WEBTOON, this dark fantasy action series centers on the journey of a young man as he battles his way through the mysterious Tower, building friendships, discovering the rules that govern this tower, and facing unimaginable terrors, as he strives to find the only friend he’s ever known. Animation produced by TELECOM ANIMATION FILM. Production Management provided by SOLA ENTERTAINMENT. Tower of God premieres on Crunchyroll on April 1, 2020.

Onyx Equinox – In this Crunchyroll Studios Production created by Sofia Alexander, a young Aztec boy is saved from death by the gods and chosen to act as ‘humanity’s champion,’ forced to discard his apathy toward his fellow man and prove humanity’s potential in a fight that spans across fantastical-yet-authentic Mesoamerican cultures. Premieres summer 2020 on Crunchyroll.

The God of High School  A Crunchyroll Original, based on the comic series “The God of High School” created by Yongje Park and published by WEBTOON, this action-packed series follows a high schooler and his friends as they compete in an epic tournament, borrowing power directly from the gods and uncovering a mysterious organization along the way… With the promise of their heart’s deepest desires, motivating their tournament victory. Animation produced by MAPPA. Production Management provided by SOLA ENTERTAINMENT. Coming soon on Crunchyroll.

Noblesse – A Crunchyroll and WEBTOON Production, based on the comic series “Noblesse” from Jeho Son and Kwangsu Lee and published by WEBTOON, this fantasy follows a powerful vampire noble who is thrown into modern civilization after 820 years of slumber. Dangerous adventures with his new friends await as they combat a secret organization and uncover his past. Animation produced by Production I.G. Coming soon on Crunchyroll.

Meiji Gekken: Sword & Gun – Japan, 1870. We follow an ensemble of characters – a former samurai, a yakuza bodyguard, a devious spy and a geisha assassin – as they try to find their place in the rapidly evolving Meiji-era while escaping the sins of their pasts…Inspired by historical events. A Crunchyroll Studios Production. Coming soon on Crunchyroll.

FreakAngels  After civilization comes to a sudden and crashing end, twelve 23-year-old psychics living in the rubble of London must check their wild impulses and discover their better angels in order to rebuild society. A Crunchyroll Studios Production based on the graphic novels by Warren Ellis & Paul Duffield. Coming soon on Crunchyroll.

High Guardian Spice  In this Crunchyroll Studios production created by Raye Rodriguez, four fierce girls train to become great heroes at High Guardian Academy, where they form allegiances, uncover betrayals, and discover their true identities, while preparing to protect the world from an ominous unknown threat. Coming soon on Crunchyroll.

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