Crunchyroll Reveals New Black Butler Season & Solo Leveling Trailer, Licenses More Anime Titles at Anime Expo 2023

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Crunchyroll hosted its industry panel at Anime Expo 2023 on July 3, 2023, revealing a large slate of announcements and its latest title acquisitions, headlined by the news of a fourth Black Butler season and a Solo Leveling trailer premiere. 

Several new anime series that were acquired by Crunchyroll include The Apothecary Diaries, The Faraway Paladin: The Lord of Rust Mountain, GOBLIN SLAYER Season 2, The Kingdoms of Ruin, I Was Reincarnated as the 7th Prince So I Can Take My Time Perfecting My Magical Ability, To Be Hero X, Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki 2nd Stage, and Black Butler.

Additionally, the new trailer for Solo Leveling revealed that the anime from A-1 Pictures will be released next Winter 2024. 

Crunchyroll also debuted a new trailer for the upcoming A Returner’s Magic Should Be Special anime series, ahead of its October 2023 premiere. 

Other trailers from Anime Expo that were screened include Bucchigiri!?! from MAPPA’s panel, as well as KamiErabi and Metallic Rouge from Fuji TV’s “+Ultra” panel. The latter two series will be released in October 2023 and January 2024, respectively. 

For basketball fans, Crunchyroll also previewed its My Hero Academia collaboration with TOHO animation, NBA, NBALAB, and HYPERFLY. The line of streetwear is inspired by the anime series and will debut at NBA Con, held in Las Vegas from July 7, 2023 to July 9, 2023. The full range of merchandise will launch later this fall.

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Here are more details on Crunchyroll’s latest title acquisitions:

Black Butler 

Studio: CloverWorks

Launch Date: Coming 2024 from Aniplex and Crunchyroll

Territories: Worldwide, excluding Asia


Note: Worldwide anime adaptation announcement reveals a new season of Black Butler that will continue adapting the manga further. 

The Apothecary Diaries

Studio: OLM

Launch Date: 2023

Territories: Worldwide, excluding Asia

The Faraway Paladin: The Lord of Rust Mountain

Studio: OLM and Sunrise Beyond

Launch Date: October 2023

Territories: Worldwide, excluding Asia, Indian Subcontinent for non exclusive streaming rights only.



Launch Date: 2023

Territories: United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Latin America, Russian Speaking Territories.

The Kingdoms of Ruin

Studio: Yokohama Animation Lab

Launch Date: October 2023

Territories: Worldwide excluding Asia

I Was Reincarnated as the 7th Prince So I Can Take My Time Perfecting My Magical Ability

Studio: Tsumugi Akita Animation Lab

Launch Date: April 2024

Territories: Worldwide, excluding Asia

To Be Hero X

Studio: BeDream

Launch Date: TBA

Territories: Worldwide, excluding Asia

Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki 2nd Stage

Studio: Project No.9

Launch Date: January 2024

Territories: Worldwide, excluding Asia (exclusive), Bhutan and India (non-exclusive), and Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan (exclusive for Russian, non-exclusive for other languages)

Source: press release

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He also contributes work to the website Yatta Tachi. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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