Crunchyroll Announces Kaiju No. 8, Classroom of the Elite Season 3 & More Titles at NYCC 2023

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Crunchyroll recently announced its latest slate of anime license acquisitions during its industry panel at the 2023 New York Comic Con. Some of the highlighted titles to be joining the streaming platform in 2024 include Kaiju No. 8, Classroom of the Elite Season 3, Spice and Wolf: merchant meets the wise wolf, The Unwanted Undead Adventurer, and many more anime series. 

Kaiju No. 8 will stream on Crunchyroll in Spring 2024, with both subtitled and dubbed language versions available in more than 200 countries and territories. 

During the NYCC Crunchyroll Industry Panel, a special message from original series creator Naoya Matsumoto was shared:

Hello from Japan to everyone attending New York Comic-Con. I’m the author of Kaiju No. 8, Naoya Matsumoto. It’s a story about someone struggling in a harsh world without ever giving up, in the hopes of leading people into an even slightly brighter future. To anyone dealing with the complexities of reality that reads this manga, I hope it can help make your future a little brighter, too.

Next year when Kaiju No. 8 begins to air in America and worldwide, I’ll be looking forward to seeing your reactions. I hope you’re looking forward to it, too!

In addition to announcing Kaiju No. 8, several new anime series were also announced to be coming soon to Crunchyroll in 2024, including:

  • Classroom of the Elite Season 3
  • Spice and Wolf: merchant meets the wise wolf
  • The Unwanted Undead Adventurer
  • 7th Time Loop: The Villainess Enjoys a Carefree Life Married to Her Worst Enemy!
  • Sengoku Youko
  • The Foolish Angel Dances with the Devil

Crunchyroll also revealed a new visual and trailer for Bye Bye, Earth at its industry panel, which will stream on the platform in 2024. 

Here are the full details about the latest anime licenses: 


Classroom of the Elite Season 3

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Studio: Lerche

Release Date: January 2024

Synopsis:

Tokyo Metropolitan Advanced Nurturing High School is a dream school which boasts a 100% employment and college entry rate and gifts points worth 100,000 yen to each of its students every month. Beneath that ideal exterior, though, it’s a meritocracy, affording preferential treatment to only a select few elites. With the third term approaching, Ayanokouji and his classmates, having moved up from Class D to Class C, are heading out for a school camping trip. There, they face a special exam known as the “mixed training camp” in which all class years participate. 

As the name suggests, groups of men and women are created from students from all classes, and the individual groups are scored. The students all tremble as they’re forced to work with students who were previously enemies to achieve high scores, facing the threat that any group that doesn’t achieve a certain benchmark will be expelled! The tumultuous third term is about to begin!

Spice and Wolf: merchant meets the wise wolf

Studio: Passione

Release Date: TBD

Synopsis

Lawrence is a traveling merchant selling various goods from a horse-drawn cart. One day, he arrives at a village and meets a beautiful girl with the ears and tail of an animal! Her name is Holo the Wisewolf and she brings bountiful harvests. She wishes to return to her homeland, and Lawrence offers to take her. Now, the once-lonely merchant and the once-lonely wisewolf begin their journey north.

The Unwanted Undead Adventurer

Studio: CONNECT

Release Date: 2024 

Synopsis:  

Rentt Faina has hunted monsters for the last 10 years. Sadly, he’s not great at his job, stuck hunting slimes and goblins for a few coins each day. His luck turns when he finds an undiscovered path. At the path’s end, he meets his demise in the maw of a legendary dragon. But, he wakes up as an undead bag of bones! He sets out to achieve Existential Evolution and rejoin the land of the living.

7th Time Loop: The Villainess Enjoys a Carefree Life Married to Her Worst Enemy!

Studios: Studio KAI and HORNETS

Release Date: 2024

Synopsis:

Rishe Irmgard Weitzner, a duke’s daughter, has a secret: she died at the age of 20 and returned to the moment five years prior when her engagement was called off. She has already experienced this time loop six times and lived out those five years a different way each time, as a merchant, a doctor, a maid, a knight, and more. 

Now, on her seventh go-around, she’s determined to live to a ripe old age and spend it relaxing. But the moment she flees the castle with that decision in her heart, she runs into the infamously cruel crown prince of a rival kingdom, Arnold Hein. He happens to be the one who killed her during her life as a knight, but now, he seems to have taken a bizarre liking to her… and begs her to become his wife. Thus, in order to stay alive and prevent a war, Rishe utilizes her previous experiences to kick off her seventh life as the bride of an enemy nation’s crown prince.

Sengoku Youko

Studio: WHITE FOX

Release Date: January 2024

Synopsis

The world is divided into two factions: humans and monsters called katawara. Despite being a katawara, Tama loves humans and vows to protect them from evil, even if it means fighting her own kind. Her brother Jinka, however, hates humans, despite mostly being one. The siblings are joined by a cowardly swordsman named Shinsuke, who wants to learn how to become strong. When the group uncovers a plot to experiment on humans and transform them into monsters, they vow to defeat whoever is behind it… Even if it means battling an entire army of warriors.

The Foolish Angel Dances with the Devil

Studio: Children’s Playground Entertainment

Release Date: TBD

Synopsis

Masatora Akutsu, a demon on a recruitment mission in a human high school, is drafting allies for Hell against the heavenly angels. But when seated beside the captivating Lily Amane, he’s in for a devilishly hilarious celestial surprise!

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Movie

Studio: SILVER LINK.

Release Date: TBD

Series Synopsis

Wealthy heiress Catarina Claes is hit in the head with a rock and recovers the memories of her past life. It turns out the world she lives in is the world of the game Fortune Lover, an otome game she was obsessed with in her past life… but she’s been cast as the villain character who tries to foil the protagonist’s romances! The best ending the game has for Catarina is exile, and the worst, death! She’ll have to find a way to avoid triggering the flags of doom, and make her own happy future! The misunderstanding-based screwball love comedy now begins!


Source: press release, Crunchyroll NYCC 2023 Industry Panel

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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