‘SPY x FAMILY’ and an array of anime series will head to Crunchyroll in 2022

Crunchyroll announced an array of a huge slate of new and upcoming anime series at Anime NYC, which includes the much-awaited SPY x FAMILY, based on the award-winning manga of the same name, alongside Aoashi, A Couple of Cuckoos and others. The brand also premiered an exclusive clip from Blade Runner: Black Lotus

SPY x FAMILY follows the life of an undercover spy who unknowingly marries an assassin as he tries to further his mission of infiltrating an elite academy. He enrolls his adoptive daughter into the academy, not knowing that she is a telepath! 

The anime series will stream on Crunchyroll in 2022. It is produced by WIT STUDIO and CloverWorks, with Kazuhiro Furuhashi (Hunter x Hunter) on board as director and Kazuaki Shimada (The Promised Neverland) serving as character designer. 

The anime will be based on the award-winning manga, which has been serialized in Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+, popular manga magazine, with more than 12.5 million copies currently in print. 

The global anime brand also revealed an exclusive clip from the Crunchyroll and Adult Swim Original series Blade Runner: Black Lotus. Following the journey of Elle as she tries to piece together her memories, the series is streaming new episodes every Saturday.

Blade Runner: Black Lotus is the newest installment in the Blade Runner franchise, taking place between the events of the iconic film and Alcon Entertainment’s critically acclaimed Blade Runner 2049. An Adult Swim and Crunchyroll original animated series, Blade Runner: Black Lotus will feature thirteen episodes directed by Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama. It is produced by Alcon Entertainment and animation studio Sola Digital Arts, with Shinichiro Watanabe serving as a creative producer. 

As per the official synopsis, Los Angeles 2032. A young woman wakes up with no memories and possessing deadly skills. The only clues to her mystery are a locked data device and a tattoo of a black lotus. Putting together the pieces, she must hunt down the people responsible for her brutal and bloody past to find the truth of her lost identity.

Other anime series heading to Crunchyroll:

1) Aoashi – This anime is based on the cutting edge soccer manga of the same name, coming to Crunchyroll April 2022. Aoashi is considered the cutting edge of soccer manga. 

Official synopsis reads: “I’ll take you to the world.” 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.” After sensing immense potential in Ashito’s still-unrefined skills, he describes his ambition. “I want to build a team, and use it to take over the world. Our club isn’t going to be a milestone for players who take on the world. Our club is going to be the world. And to make this happen, I’m going to need some ‘aces’ to train.” After hearing Fukuda’s offer, Ashito decides to head to Tokyo and try out for his team.

2) A Couple of Cuckoos – It is a mixed-up and chaotic romantic comedy, coming soon to Crunchyroll. 

Mixed up with another family’s child as a baby, high school student Umino Nagi is finally meeting his biological parents. On the day of their meeting, he happens to encounter Amano Erika, a high school student at a prestigious and wealthy girls school. At her request, he’s half-forced into pretending to be her boyfriend so she can avoid marrying her fiance….However, not only were they the babies who had been mixed up, they’re also engaged to each other! The loving parents of both families officially recognize their engagement, and the couple begins living together. Nagi is in love with his classmate Segawa Hiro, and Erika is determined to rebel against her father, so the couple agree not to get involved with each other.

3) Dance Dance Danseur – It is the first anime adaptation from popular manga artist Asakura George. The upcoming series will be produced by MAPPA and directed by Sakai Munehisa.

Danseur noble, a ballet dancer qualified to dance the role of the prince. Second-year junior high school student Murao Junpei was fascinated by ballet as a boy, but gave up on dancing after his father’s death, as he had to become a man. However, one day, a beautiful transfer student named Godai Miyako appears before him. Miyako takes notice in Junpei’s love of ballet and invites him to dance with her. Along with Miyako’s cousin Mori Ruou, he begins his career as a full-fledged ballet dancer, with the aim of becoming the world’s best dancer–the Danseur noble! Only those who have sacrificed everything are permitted to stand in the beautiful and harsh world of classical ballet. What will be the fate of a total beginner like Junpei?!

4) The Dawn of the Witch – This new anime follows a normal boy and his companions who set out to truly find themselves as they encounter the magical and extraordinary, will be available on the platform April 2022. 

I can’t remember. Who am I? What am I? Seville is a student at a magic academy who has no memories of anything from before he joined the school. Not understanding why he’s there, the time he spends at the academy feels hollow and empty. And since he doesn’t know how to work hard, his grades are always the lowest in his year. Then, one day, the school headmaster, Albus, orders Seville to participate in a dangerous special training. “I want you to spread the use of magic in an area where they hold witch hunts.” It has only been a few years since the war between the church and the witches came to an end—the world has not yet fully accepted witches and their magic. This is the dawn of the age of the witch. 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.

5) Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie – This romantic comedy is coming to Crunchyroll April 2022.

The ultimate “heartthrob girlfriend” appears! Naturally unlucky high school student Izumi’s girlfriend is his classmate Shikimori. She has a beautiful smile and kind personality and always seems happy when she’s with Izumi. She’s a pretty, cute, and loving girlfriend, but when Izumi’s in trouble… she transforms into a super cool “heartthrob girlfriend!” The fun lives of the cute and cool Shikimori, Izumi, and their good friends never end! This 1000% precious romantic comedy begins now!

6) In/Spectre Season 2 – This Crunchyroll original series will be released next year.

The “supernatural” live in this world right alongside us. Once again today, a member of the supernatural community comes to visit their Goddess of Wisdom, Kotoko Iwanaga, to ask her to help them with their troubles.Standing next to her is her love at first sight, Kuro Sakuragawa, who the supernatural fear tremendously.

This is the story of an unnatural couple and the supernatural solving supra-rational, mysterious incidents with invented inference. What will become of the fantastical incidents they face as well as their romance? A story about romance x supernatural x mystery is about to begin once again! 

7) Tomodachi Game – This series questions the nature of humanity when faced with the ultimate psychological game and is based on the popular comic series that has sold more than two million copies. It will stream on Crunchyroll in April 2022. 

High school student Katagiri Yuichi, who values friendship above all else, enjoys a fulfilling life with his close friends Sawagiri Shiho, Mikasa Tenji, Shibe Makoto, and Kokorogi Yutori.

However, after a particular incident, they’re dragged into a debt repayment game.

The only way to beat the “Tomodachi Game” is to not doubt their friends. Bound together by solid friendships, the game should’ve been easy, but– The hugely popular comic that sold over two million copies is finally becoming an anime! Will they trust or betray their precious friends? The true nature of humanity is exposed in the ultimate psychological game!