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Crunchyroll celebrates second Ani-May

April 29, 2024

Crunchyroll, the online destination for anime worldwide, is launching the second annual Ani-May celebration with activations across retail, digital and streaming.

The love and excitement around anime continues to grow and for Ani-May, we’re revealing a fresh lineup of apparel, home goods, and more to empower fans to live authentically into their fandom,” said Anna Songco Adamian, Vice President, Global Consumer Products, Crunchyroll. “We have lined up an incredible slate of international retail partners who, like us, are passionate about providing fans with a variety of ways to enjoy and display their love for their favourite films, series, and characters.

Throughout the month of May, fans can expect a variety of officially licensed products from some of the most popular anime series. For fans of the spookier side of anime, there will be merchandise from dark fantasy Black Butler. Fans of modern classics such as Chainsaw Man and Solo Leveling, will also be well served. Customers can also purchase gear from Crunchyroll’s 2024 Anime Awards ‘Anime of the Year’ award winner JUJUTSU KAISEN, the action-packed tale of a high-schooler who chooses to become cursed to help lift a curse; the popular coming-of-age sports series Haikyu!!; the comedic and action-packed SPY x FAMILY; the highly anticipated sci-fi monster series Kaiju No. 8; and the smash hit shonen series My Hero Academia. Fans can expect to find a wealth of merchandise from a variety of shows across a range of retailers ( such asAbysse Corp, Bandai, Bioworld, Funko and more).

For Ani-May, Crunchyroll is taking-over 120 HMV stores. The UK entertainment retailer will be rebranded for the month and will play host to the exclusive early release of shows on DVD and Blu-ray, such as: Mob Psycho Season 3, KONOSUBA – An Explosion on This Wonderful World!, Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!, with limited editions available for select titles. Additionally, anime fans will have the opportunity to fully experience the Crunchyroll lifestyle and a weekend in Paris with VIP access to Japan Expo.

To continue the celebrations, beginning on May 1st and running through the end of the month, Crunchyroll is making 20 hit series available to watch for free with ads. These series include many of the Ani-May featured titles including Chainsaw Man, Haikyu!!, and  Solo Leveling, the science-powered adventure title Dr. STONE, the emotionally complex Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End, the romantic comedy Rent-a-Girlfriend, and the acclaimed viking epic VINLAND SAGA. (Regional restrictions may apply.)

Fans can also celebrate anime all year long with a Crunchyroll membership, granting access to the world’s largest dedicated anime streaming library of 46,000 episodes, 1,300 unique titles, and 24,000 hours of content, available subbed and dubbed worldwide in more than 12 languages.

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