The seeds have been sowed for the largest programming slate in Crunchyroll’s history, as it will stream 50 new and returning titles this Spring 2022 season for fans and new audiences around the world on the ultimate anime experience. Titles include SPY x FAMILYThe Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2Kaguya-sama: Love is War -Ultra Romantic-Tomodachi GameShikimori’s Not Just a Cutie, and many more!

The Spring 2022 anime season is already underway on Crunchyroll with season 3 of  Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These. Fans will be treated to the first two episodes of Estab Life: Great Escape starting March 23, which are airing ahead of Japan’s TV broadcast.

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Exciting new simulcasts from Japan – subtitled and dubbed – will include SPY x FAMILY, The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2, Kaguya-sama: Love Is War -Ultra Romantic-, Skeleton Knight in Another World, Date A Live IV, The Greatest Demon Lord Is Reborn as a Typical Nobody, Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie, and The Dawn of the Witch among many, many more! Additional series will be announced soon and updates can be found at Crunchyroll News as they are made.

Simulcasts on Crunchyroll continuing from the Winter 2022 anime season are One Piece, Cue!, BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS, Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai, Digimon Ghost Game, Case Closed (Detective Conan), Requiem of the Rose King, and more. 

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The Spring 2022 slate of anime will complement Crunchyroll’s existing library of more than 40,000 episodes and 16,000 hours available to stream, which was recently expanded through the transition of Funimation’s exclusive catalog titles to the Crunchyroll platform. Funimation will continue to add new episodes of current series but all new series will air exclusively on Crunchyroll.

Ever since the entire debacle with Sony acquiring Crunchyroll, things went back and forth legally and with fans all around the world. The Department of Justice was worried about a monopoly after Sony’s $1.175b deal that would combine Funimation with Crunchyroll. But with the help of some insanely awesome lawyers, the threat of a monopoly was erased. Crunchyroll and Funimation were separately already huge platforms and after this expansion, it’s hard to imagine a streaming service that can compete. It’s safe to that Sony controls a huge amount of the industry because Crunchyroll doesn’t just produce anime.

They publish manga and they do conventions (ex: Crunchyroll Expo), and after Sony bought international anime companies, it has gotten even bigger. Fans were worried about what that would mean for viewers in the west, with inaccurate translations, etc. However, with everything being in one consolidated streaming service, fans won’t need to be paying for multiple streaming services. I personally am incredibly excited for this entire venture, and would even be willing to pay the “Ultimate Fan” tier of $14.99/mo.

Crunchyroll has been on a roll (see what I did there?) and has access to Sony’s prime production in the anime world which offers possibility of expedited anime series coming up in the future, making it a huge deal. Legally, Crunchyroll can send Crunchyroll original anime to Sony for production, meaning they can expand their catalogue per season. This also means there is a lot of potential of anime bundles thats coming with playstation plus (or just Sony products in general). There could also be possibilities of anime adaptations of video games similar to titles such as Persona 5 and the Tales games. With how much ground Sony covers, the possibilities are endless.

Crunchyroll’s Epic Spring 2022 Lineup

Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Season 3 (Production I.G) Now Available

As Yang is ordered to appear before the Free Planet Alliance, he’s shaken by the corruption he discovers. Meanwhile, Marshal Reinhardt uncovers disloyalty under his command as an upstart admiral launches a vicious offensive to retake the Iserlohn Fortress. Struggling to make strides in this never-ending bloody war, these two finally see their true enemy lies not from without—but from within!

Estab Life: Great Escape (Polygon Pictures)

March 23rd

When the world’s population shrinks, the Supernatural Renovation Project splits up Tokyo. Divided by towering walls, cyborgs, beast folk, and magical beings are segregated into clusters and monitored by artificial intelligence. Some adjust to their new lives, but many suffer in silence, unaware secret help is available. Have no hope and desperate to escape? The Nigashiyan Extractors will find you!

Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It r=1-sinθ (Zero-G)

Coming April 1st.

Basking in the sun’s rays, Himuro and Yukimura embrace and share a tender kiss. But was it perfect? Rushing back to the lab for the results, they meet the seductive Fujiwara and her handsome partner, Chris, who’ve performed passionate analysis in love’s pursuit. But is this new couple competition, or can they reveal some insight into their studies? One thing is for sure—more research is needed!

Mahjong Soul Pon☆ (Scooter Films)

Coming April 1st

Straight from the online game Mahjong Soul comes Mahjong Soul Pon. The new comical mini-anime adaptation of the game in which the one-of-a-kind Mahjong players dream big and go for a Thirteen Orphans. The Mahjong Soul Shrine is holding truly extrava-kan-t festivities centering around Ichihime! Are you ready to play the game fair and square? Maybe you can draw more Mahjong soul!

Fanfare of Adolescence (Lay-duce)

Coming April 2nd

At the all-boys Horse Racing School, entrance is incredibly difficult, with only one of every 10 to 20 applicants being accepted. Here students need to not only be book smart, but athletic and in peak physique. Three new students—a popular idol, another from a remote island, and one from England unsure of his path—come to this elite school to pursue their dreams of becoming a jockey.

LOVE ALL PLAY (Nippon Animation and OLM)

Coming April 2nd

Ryo Mizushima dreams of being the best badminton player in the world. But despite his natural athleticism and skill—he’s only been able to get so far without a reliable coach. However, everything changes when his talent gets him scouted by one of the most prestigious high school badminton teams. Now, with a pro coach and an elite team to back him up—it’s finally time for Ryo’s journey to soar.

BUILD-DIVIDE -#FFFFFF- CODE WHITE (Liden Films)

Coming April 2nd

Three years have passed since Teruto’s battle and Neo Kyoto is in ruins. Now people are rounded up by KUGE, the King’s servants, stealing their magical power, all for their leader to survive. Former King, Kikka, finds herself now on the run from the guards too. Helpless with no Build-Divide deck, she finds help in another. Together they embark on a battle for the one they seek to see again.

Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Final Season (SHAFT)

Coming April 3rd

Few people know the truth: the world is safe thanks to the Magical Girls who are forced to slay Witches. Even though these girls are putting their lives on the line for a wish, rumors say they can be saved in Kamihama City. That’s where Iroha Tamaki is headed in search of answers. She can’t remember the wish she made to Kyubey, but a shadowy figure haunts her dreams.

Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs (ENGI)

Coming to Crunchyroll April 3rd

One office worker uses their otome game smarts after being reincarnated into a series they’ve played before!

Tomodachi Game (Okuruto Noboru)

Coming to Crunchyroll April 5th

High school student Katagiri Yuichi, who values friendship above all else, enjoys a fulfilling life with his close friends Sawaragi Shiho, Mikasa Tenji, Shibe Makoto, and Kokorogi Yutori. However, after a particular incident, they’re dragged into a debt repayment game.

The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 (DR Movie)

Coming to Crunchyroll April 6th

20-year-old Naofumi Iwatani goes from 2nd class citizen to 2nd class hero when he’s summoned to the videogame-like kingdom of Melromarc.

The Greatest Demon Lord Is Reborn as a Typical Nobody (Silver Link)

Coming to Crunchyroll April 6th

The most powerful Demon Lord in history, Varvatos, felt that he had accomplished everything he could as a king. Because he was so alone due to how powerful he was, he longed for a much simpler life. A few millennia later, he is reborn as the villager, Ard Meteor. But in the future where he was reborn, magical civilization had declined and magic itself had become weaker.

Skeleton Knight in Another World (Studio Kai)

Coming April 7th

When Arc wakes up, he discovers that he has been transported to another world in the body of the character he was playing in an MMO. Looking like a suit of armor on the outside and a skeleton on the inside, he is the Skeleton Knight. If his identity is discovered, he could be mistaken for a monster and become a target! 

The Dawn of the Witch (Tezuka Productions)

Coming April 7th

Seville is a student at a magic academy who has no memories of anything from before he joined the school. This is the story of how a young man, a boy who is no one special, and his companions, who all hold wounds in their hearts, set out and end up finding themselves.

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War -Ultra Romantic- (A-1 Pictures)

Coming to Crunchyroll April 8th

Shuchiin Academy—an elite school where the most gifted students flock to. It is also where its Student Council brought together Vice President Kaguya Shinomiya and President Miyuki Shirogane. While everyone expected a speedy courtship and agreed that the two geniuses would make the perfect couple, the pair, it seems, has too much pride to confess their true feelings for one another! The two remain fully committed in devising a highly cerebral strategy in this cunning war of love… Will they take their relationship to the next level by the final day of Shuchiin Academy’s culture festival!? 

Date A Live IV (Geek Toys)

Coming April 8th

With multiple Spirits now living with him, Shido’s juggling act of giving ladies attention is never-ending. On top of that, more Spirits arrive for him to put the charm on. As he seals more and more, with his intentions unknown to them, will he be able to keep this up or will it lead to one big, giant spatial quake?

Dance Dance Danseur (MAPPA)

Coming to Crunchyroll April 8th

Second-year junior high school student Junpei was fascinated by ballet as a boy but gave up on dancing after his father’s death, thinking that he had to act more manly. However, one day, a beautiful transfer student named Miyako appears before him.

Love After World Domination (Project No.9)

Coming April 8th

One spring day, a young, innocent couple sits side by side in a field. Their names are Fudo Aikawa and Desumi Magahara… but they are actually “Red Gelato,” the leader of the heroic fighting force Gelato 5, and “Reaper Princess,” a combat force member of the secret evil organization Gekko! These two are supposed to be enemies, so the public can’t know that they’re dating no matter what. All they can do is see each other secretly between fights.

This spring day is just another day of them happily enjoying their time together while the fierce flames of a violent battle blaze right next to them!! This is a story of a hero of justice and an evil warrior trying to be lovey-dovey without being seen!

SPY x FAMILY (WIT Studio and Cloverworks)

Coming April 9th

World peace is at stake and secret agent Twilight must undergo his most difficult mission yet—pretend to be a family man. Posing as a loving husband and father, he’ll infiltrate an elite school to get close to a high-profile politician. He has the perfect cover, except his wife’s a deadly assassin and neither knows each other’s identity. But someone does, his adopted daughter who’s a telepath!

Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie (Doga Kobo)

Coming April 9th

The ultimate “heartthrob girlfriend” appears! Naturally unlucky high school student Izumi’s girlfriend is his classmate Shikimori. She’s a pretty, cute, and loving girlfriend, but when Izumi’s in trouble… she transforms into a super cool “heartthrob girlfriend!”

In the Heart of Kunoichi Tsubaki (CloverWorks)

Coming April 9th

Deep in the mountains in the middle of nowhere lives a group of kunoichi called Akane Class. These kunoichi work hard together to improve their own skills, and they all live by an unbreakable rule: “Contact with men is strictly forbidden.” But everything takes an unexpected turn when Tsubaki, leader of one of the groups, starts experiencing strange feelings whenever the subject of men comes up.

Aoashi (Production I.G)

Coming April 9th

Ashito Aoi is a middle schooler who lives in Ehime, and the ace of an unremarkable soccer club. The day that they lost the final tournament of middle school, Ashito runs along the ocean in frustration, before running into a man who had been watching his game. That man is Tatsuya Fukuda, the coach of the high-school-aged Youth team of a leading J-League team, “Tokyo City Esperion FC.”

Don’t Hurt Me, My Healer! (Jumondou)

Coming April 10th

The misadventures of a knight and a healer begin in this new fantasy comedy series!

Ascendance of a Bookworm Season 3 (Ajiado)

Coming April 11th

After becoming a blue priestess apprentice, Main continues doing everything to protect her loved ones. With some nobles targeting her because of her magic, she becomes the adopted daughter of Karstedt. She’s assigned a personal knight, which would mean leaving her family. Will Main be able to protect everyone while pursuing her goal of creating a letterpress, with danger lurking around?

A Couple of Cuckoos (Shin-Ei Animation)

Coming April 23rd

16-year-old super-studier Nagi Umino, second-year student at the Meguro River Academy high school, was switched at birth. On his way to a dinner to meet his birth parents, he accidentally meets the brash, outspoken, Erika Amano, who is determined to make Nagi her fake boyfriend as she never wants to actually marry.

NEW OVAS & TV SPECIALS COMING TO CRUNCHYROLL THIS SPRING 2022 ANIME SEASON

Sony Music AnimeSongs ONLINE 2022 (Sony Music Entertainment Japan) Coming soon!

Listen to 14 of the top artists from Sony Music Entertainment Japan sing popular songs from your favorite anime!

I’m really excited to see some of my favorite titles on here like Kaguya-Sama: Love is War, Spy x Family, Aoashi, and Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie. What’s even more exciting to me are the titles that I’d actually never even heard of until now. With the influx of anime being added and anime from Funimation being transferred over by the end of this month, we can expect the number of subscribers to jump up.

Currently, there are 120 million registered users who use Crunchyroll for free with ads and 5 million subscribers with any of the three tiers. I personally don’t watch too much tv anymore because of the rise of streaming services and now am seriously considering dropping cable for good because all I will be doing now is watching the plethora of anime I’ll have available to me.

Are you excited for Crunchyroll’s Spring 2022 additions? Which series are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below!

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