…So much that for the first time, I got a 12-month Premium subscription last month.
This has been a really good year for Anime fans in general. If you watch Dubs on Funimation or Toonami, you’ve seen a number of Anime debut or premiere. We have also seen the simulcast of Attack of Titan Season 2: Two weeks after its premiere in Japan, the English Dub premiered on Toonami. They wrapped up two weeks apart, too.
Since Crunchyroll and Funimation have partnered, Anime have been getting Dubbed faster. At the same time, distribution has sped up on both sides of the Pacific. It’s win-win.
Here’s a short list of the Anime in my Crunchyroll Que that I am currently watching and is still in progress:
- Boruto: Naruto Next Generations *
- Dragonball Super
- My Hero Academia *
- My Life as a Cenataur
- Restaurant to Another World *
- Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma *
- Knights & Magic *
- Fox Spirit Matchmaker
- Aria The Animation *
- Yona of the Dawn *
- Katsugeki Touken Ranbu *
- Elegant Yokai Apartment Life
- Ninja Girl & Samurai Master
A * Means it is will likely get an official English Dub
…Of that list, Dragon Ball Super has an official English Dub that is now airing on Toonami. My Hero Academia is shaping up to be the heir apparent to past hits such as Naruto, Bleach amd Fullmetal Alchemist. It has universal appeal and the Superhero theme will make it extremely easy to market it mainstream in the U.S. Most of the other Anime in the above list that may be dubbed…I think it’s more likely they will be stream and DVD/Blu-Ray only releases.
I can only see My Hero Academia guaranteed to premiere on Toonami and only because of how freaking popular it already is. Even better is unlike Attack on Titan, they won’t have to worry about pushing it too hard in the beginning. I feel like that’s why the live action Attack on Titan movies (Japan) tanked so hard: They rushed them out and it showed.
Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma is basically a high school version of Iron Chef and is amazing. The one drawback to it that I feel takes away from it a bit is the over the top fan service dressed as foodgasms. Yeah, no way in hell Toonami can run something like that despite the rest of it being such a solid anime.
All in all, now’s as good a time as any to watch Crunchyroll. Speaking of watching: Crunchyroll announced a few weeks ago that they will no longer be updating the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii U Apps. The current versions of both will still work though.
As a reminder, Crunchyroll is free BUT you get all of the following with a Paid Subscription:
- No Ads
- 720 and 10780 HD Video and Audio
- New episodes available an hour after airing in Japan
- Ability to give a 30-day premium pass to a friend each month
- Free Swag at Conventions (see the Crunchyroll booth for details)
- Can stream from 2 or 3 devices simultaneously
…CR actually has a Premium++ which grans Simulcast: You can watch new episodes as they’re aired in Japan. This is in addition to all of the above and of course, it costs more than their baseline premium package. In comparison, Free accounts lack all of the above plus you have to deal with ads AND wait 24 hours after a new episode has aired in Japan.