Anime Expo 2014
by Bamboo Dong,
Brand managers Tiffany Chen and Danika Harrod opened the Saturday morning Crunchyroll panel with an announcement regarding new summer anime titles that would be simulcasting on the website. Series include Akame ga Kill!, an adaptation of the manga series by Takahiro and Tetsuya Tashiro; Sabagebu! – Survival Game Club!-, adapted from Hidekichi Matsumoto's original Sabagebu! Manga; DRAMAtical Murder, based on a boys-love adventure game from Nitro+CHiRAL; Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, and Blue Spring Ride, adapted from a manga series by Io Sakisaka.
Of those series, Akame ga KILL!, Sabagebu!, and Blue Spring Ride have already been licensed by Sentai Filmworks.
Regarding their catalog titles, Crunchyroll will be streaming Toradora, both dubbed and subtitled; the series is currently available from NIS America. Crunchyroll will also be adding back episodes of One Piece, with episodes 517-618 to be uploaded in the span of one day, and the original GTO anime series, which will be available starting this summer.
Those excited for GTO will also enjoy the GTO: Paradise Lost manga series, a spinoff by GTO mangaka Tohru Fujisawa. The spinoff first debuted on April 14 in Kodansha's Young Magazine; Crunchyroll will add the manga's previous chapters, and will simul-publish the rest of the work alongside Japan.
Comedy fans will also be able to read the first volume of the comedy Crayon Shinchan by Yoshito Usui, which launched on Crunchyroll's manga app last week. The anime series is available from Funimation. Other manga additions include Takao Saito's Barom One, Doll: The Hotel Detective, The Shadowman, and Japan Sinks.
Those with a taste for drama will be able to enjoy some of the new drama series making their way to Crunchyroll, including the new GTO series, Liar Game (adapted from Shinobu Kaitani's manga series), and Iryū - Team Medical Dragon, adapted from Tarō Nogizaka's manga of the same name. The shows will premiere on Crunchyroll this summer.
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