Crunchyroll Acquires Theatrical Rights to Haikyu!! The Dumpster Battle, Blue Lock The Movie: Episode Nagi & Overlord: the Sacred Kingdom

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Crunchyroll announced at CinemaCon that it has acquired the North American and select international theatrical rights for three anime films: Haikyu!! The Dumpster Battle, Blue Lock The Movie -Episode Nagi-, and Overlord: The Sacred Kingdom. All three films will premiere throughout 2024. 

CinemaCon attendees were also given an exclusive sneak peek of the first ten minutes of the upcoming Spy x Family Code: White anime film, which will premiere in North American theaters on April 19, 2024. 

Haikyu!! The Dumpster Battle will begin screening in North American theaters beginning on May 31, 2024. The film will be available in both Japanese with English subtitles and English dub. 

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Additional international theatrical release dates for the film will include:

  • • May 30: Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland (Italian-speaking), Netherlands, Argentina, Brazil, Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama), Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru
  • • May 31: Canada, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States
  • • June 7: Turkey
  • • June 12: Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland (French-speaking)
  • • June 25: Austria, Germany
  • • June 27: Switzerland (German-speaking)

Crunchyroll describes the film’s synopsis as: 

Shoyo Hinata joins Karasuno High’s volleyball club to be like his idol, a former Karasuno player known as the “Little Giant.” But, Hinata soon finds that he must team up with his middle school nemesis, Tobio Kageyama. Their clashing styles turn into a surprising weapon, but can they beat their rival Nekoma High in the highly anticipated “Dumpster Battle,” the long awaited ultimate showdown between two opposing underdog teams?

Blue Lock The Movie -Episode Nagi- premieres in North American theaters beginning on June 28, 2024. The film will be available in both Japanese with English subtitles, as well as dubbed in English. International dates will be announced at a later date. 

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The first season of Blue Lock is now available to stream on Crunchyroll. A second season has already been announced

Crunchyroll describes the film as: 

“That’s a hassle.” That was second-year high schooler Nagi Seishiro’s favorite phrase as he lived his dull life. Until Mikage Reo, a classmate who dreamed of winning the World Cup, discovered Nagi’s hidden skill, inspiring him to play soccer and share his outstanding talent. One day, he receives an invitation to the mysterious BLUE LOCK Project. What awaits him there is an encounter with the finest strikers assembled from across the country. Nagi’s dream of becoming the best, alongside Reo, will take this prodigy to a world he’s never known.

A prodigy can only be shaped when someone discovers him….now, striker Nagi Seishiro’s incredible talent and persona will set the soccer world ablaze.

Overlord: The Sacred Kingdom will be distributed by Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures Entertainment for theaters in select territories, with premiere listings to be announced at a later date. 

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The film is a continuation of the TV anime series after the conclusion of season four. Previous seasons of Overlord are now available to stream on Crunchyroll.

Crunchyroll describes the film’s premise as: 

After twelve years of playing his favorite MMORPG game, Momonga logs in for the last time only to find himself transported into its world playing it indefinitely. Throughout his adventures, his avatar ascends to the title of Sorcerer King Ains Ooal Gown.

Once prosperous but now on the brink of ruin, The Sacred Kingdom enjoyed years of peace after construction of an enormous wall protecting them from neighboring invasions. But, one day this comes to an end when the Demon Emperor Jaldabaoth arrives with an army of villainous demi-humans.

Fearing invasion of their own lands, the neighboring territory of the Slane Theocracy is forced to beg their enemies at the Sorcerer Kingdom for help. Heeding the call, Momonga, now known as  the Sorcerer King Ains Ooal Gown, rallies the Sorcerer Kingdom and its undead army to join the fight alongside the Sacred Kingdom and the Slane Theocracy in hopes to defeat the Demon Emperor.


Source: press releases

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. 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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