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Crunchyroll Anime Expo 2024 Lineup & Acquisitions Recap

Crunchyroll Coming to Anime Expo 2024

Crunchyroll announced on June 5th their Anime Expo line up lineup alongside new film and series acquisitions also set to appear at the show. Let take a look at what they revealed!

Crunchyroll Anime Expo 2024 Lineup & Acquisitions Recap

Simulcast Acquisition Announcements


Witch Hat Atelier Volume 1 cover

Witch Hat Atelier


Broadcast Date: To Be Announced


Synopsis: In a world where everyone takes wonders like magic spells and dragons for granted, Coco is a girl with a simple dream: She wants to be a witch. But everybody knows magicians are born, not made, and Coco was not born with a gift for magic. Resigned to her un-magical life, Coco is about to give up on her dream to become a witch...until the day she meets Qifrey, a mysterious, traveling magician. After secretly seeing Qifrey perform magic in a way she's never seen before, Coco soon learns what everybody "knows" might not be the truth, and discovers that her magical dream may not be as far away as it may seem...

 
After-school Hanako-kun Key Visual

After-school Hanako-kun


Broadcast Date: Fall 2024


Synopsis: The spirit Hanako-kun and his human assistant, first-year student Nene Yashiro, keep the peace between supernatural forces and the students of Kamome Academy. When they’re not fighting to maintain balance between the living and spirit worlds, how do they spend their time? Join Hanako-kun and Nene on their adventures after school!








 
Alya Sometimes Hides Her Feelings in Russian Key Visual

Alya Sometimes Hides Her Feelings in Russian


Broadcast Date: July 3rd, 2024


Synopsis: Alya is a transfer student enjoying popularity at her new high school, often sporting a cold shoulder while earning high marks in class. She ignores her nerdy classmate, Kuze Masachika, except for when she blurts out a flirtatious line to him in Russian. Little does she know, Kuze understands Russian, though he pretends not to. Let’s see where this wacky love story takes them!





 
Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest Season 3 Key Visual

Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest Season 3


Broadcast Date: Fall 2024


Synopsis: Hajime Nagumo and his high school class are suddenly summoned to a fantastical land as heroes. But while most of his classmates have powerful stats and abilities, Hajime does not. Underappreciated and unprepared, he tumbles into the depths of a monster-infested dungeon where voracity and sacrifice are his only options. To thrive in this savage world, he’ll have no choice but to welcome the abyss.






 
MF GHOST Season 2 Key Visual

MF GHOST Season 2


Broadcast Date: 2024


Synopsis: Japan adopts self-driving electric automobiles and renders most gas engines obsolete by 202X. The fastest cars find new life in the MFG, a racing circuit held on Japanese motorways. Drivers from around the world race for a shot at the title. Kanata Rivington returns from Britain to Japan for the MFG—and to find his father. Can he win the title and find answers? Buckle up and push it to the limit!






 
Narenare -Cheer for You!- Key Visual

Narenare -Cheer for You!-


Broadcast Date: July 2024


Synopsis: Misora Kanata is a first-year student on the Takanosaki High School cheerleading team. She won a national championship in middle school, but can’t jump after a mistake in a competition. She befriends Suzuha, Shion, Anna, Onka, and Megumi to form the PoMPoMs. Their new team goes beyond cheerleading to reach the hearts of the people they cheer on. They might just change the world!






 
No Longer Allowed in Another World Key Visual

No Longer Allowed in Another World


Broadcast Date: July 2024


Synopsis: Pulled into an otherworldly adventure with cute sidekicks and superpowers, you’d think Osamu hit the jackpot. Nope! From a time before pixels, the early 20th-century gloomy author just wants to find a quiet place to meet his maker, not to rack up XP. Sadly, his poetic demise is constantly thwarted by inconvenient heroics. Dive into the hilariously tragic life of the most reluctant hero!







 

BOCCHI THE ROCK! recap film Key Visual

Crunchyroll announced plans to bring the BOCCHI THE ROCK! recap films to theaters in North America. Dates and ticket info are TBA


Synopsis: Hitori Gotoh, “Bocchi-chan,” is a girl who’s so introverted and shy around people that she’d always start her conversations with “Ah...”


During her middle school years, she started playing the guitar, wanting to join a band because she thought it could be an opportunity for even someone shy like her to also shine. But because she had no friends, she ended up practicing guitar for six hours every day all by herself.


After becoming a skilled guitar player, she uploaded videos of herself playing the guitar to the internet under the name “Guitar Hero” and fantasized about performing at her school’s cultural festival concert. But not only could she not find any bandmates, before she knew it, she was in high school and still wasn’t able to make a single friend!


She was really close to becoming a shut-in, but one day, Nijika Ijichi, the drummer in Kessoku Band, reached out to her. And because of that, her everyday life started to change little by little...


 

Anime Expo 2024 Panel Line Up


SENPAI IS AN OTOKONOKO EARLY PREMIERE

Thursday, July 4 | 10:00AM PT

JW Marriott – Crunchyroll Stage


Panel Description: Don't miss an exclusive early premiere of the romantic comedy of the

summer, Senpai is an Otokonoko! When Saki confesses to her crush, Makoto,

he rejects her after revealing his secret to her. While unbothered by the secret,

Saki perseveres and consults Makoto's childhood friend Ryuji for advice, only

for Ryuji to discover he might also have some feelings for his old friend...

 

REVENGE OF THE BLERDS: BLACK LOVE OF ANIME

Thursday, July 4 | 11:30AM PT

JW Marriott – Crunchyroll Stage


Panel Description: Anime and African American culture have had a special relationship since it

first hit American shores. Everything from hip-hop to fashion to Black-created

film and television can see some influences from the likes of Dragon Ball,

Naruto, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, and just about every other anime under the

sun. This panel brings together a wide range of Black anime superfans to talk

about how the medium has influenced the culture at large and why the

affinity is so strong and the love so deep.


  • Panelists: The Anime Effect podcast’s LeAlec Murray; NFL Athlete from the

New Orleans Saints Jamaal Williams, and more TBA

  • Host: Kimberly Adams - Co-Host, the Marketplace podcast, “Make Me Smart

 

THAT TIME THERE WAS A LOT OF ISEKAI ANIME ON CRUNCHYROLL

Thursday, July 4 | 1:00PM PT

JW Marriott – Crunchyroll Stage


Panel Description: For all the isekai lovers, Crunchyroll is bringing you plenty of action-packed,

overpowered isekai this year! Join us for a discussion with staff from both the manga and anime production of some of the hottest isekai titles this year—including That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, I Was Reincarnated as the 7th Prince so I Can Take My Time Perfecting My Magical Ability, and Wistoria: Wand and Sword. Let’s dive into the creative process behind creating

exciting adventures in other worlds!

 

CRUNCHYROLL X LOGIC AT ANIME EXPO PANEL

Thursday, July 4 | 2:45PM PT

JW Marriott – Crunchyroll Stage


Panel Description: Join Crunchyroll as we host a fireside chat with GRAMMY-nominated rapper

and songwriter Logic about his love of anime and how the medium has

inspired his music.


  • Panelists: Logic

  • Host: Curt Richy

 

TRIGUN STAMPEDE PANEL, PRESENTED BY CRUNCHYROLL AND ORANGE

Thursday, July 4 | 4:00PM PT

JW Marriott – Crunchyroll Stage


Panel Description: Join Crunchyroll for an exclusive panel featuring the creative minds behind

TRIGUN STAMPEDE. Producers Yoshihiro Watanabe and Katsuhiro Takei will

give an in-depth look back at the thrilling first season and an exciting sneak

peek at what's in store for the future. Attendees are encouraged to come in

their best TRIGUN STAMPEDE cosplay for a chance to win merchandise!


  • Panelists: Producers Yoshihiro Watanabe and Katsuhiro Takei

  • Host: Crunchyroll’s Tim Lyu

 

WITCH HAT ATELIER PANEL

Thursday, July 4 | 5:30PM PT

JW Marriott – Crunchyroll Stage


Panel Description: Join us for an enchanting journey into the world of Witch Hat Atelier with

manga author Kamome Shirahama and special guests from the anime

production staff! They'll be unveiling the latest information about the

upcoming anime adaptation, as well as behind-the-scenes creations.


  • Panelists: Author Kamome Shirahama and Production Staff

  • Host: Crunchyroll’s Tim Lyu

 

TO BE HERO X SPECIAL PREMIERE

Thursday, July 4 | 6:45PM PT

JW Marriott – Crunchyroll Stage


Panel Description: Be among the first to get an early sneak peek at the upcoming project

between Aniplex and bilibili, featuring director Li Haolin at the helm of the

series. You won't want to miss the fantastic explosion of color, slick animation, and style!


  • Panelists: Director Li Haolin

  • Host: Crunchyroll’s Tim Lyu

 

WEBTOONS TO ANIME

Thursday, July 4 | 6:45PM PT

LA Convention Center – 404AB


Panel Description: With the success of Solo Leveling, more webtoons than ever are being

adapted as anime. See what’s hot and what’s next with Takaya Yamaguchi (Head of Anime Production, Crunchyroll), Ernest Woo (Chief Strategy Officer, Tappytoon), Won Young Seo, (Editor, Ize Press), and Deb Aoki (Mangasplaining).

 

CRUNCHYROLL X KADOKAWA PRESENT SPECIAL SCREENINGS

Thursday, July 4 | 7:15PM PT

JW Marriott – Crunchyroll Stage


Panel Description: Crunchyroll and Kadokawa team up to bring audiences an exciting

presentation with some of the hottest anime episodes to Anime Expo! Don't

miss your chance to see new simulcast titles Alya Sometimes Hides Her

Feelings in Russian and No Longer Allowed in Another World at the start of

the season!


  • Alya Sometimes Hides Her Feelings in Russian - Season 1, Episode 1

  • No Longer Allowed in Another World - Season 1, Episode 1

 

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERES WITH CRUNCHYROLL

Thursday, July 4 | 8:30PM PT

JW Marriott – Crunchyroll Stage


Panel Description: Don't miss your chance to be the first to catch a sneak peek at Crunchyroll's

upcoming simulcasts! Catch these special screenings before they air!


  • After-school Hanako-kun - Episode 5 World Premiere

  • MF GHOST - Season 2, Episode 1

  • Narenare -Cheer for You!- - Season 1, Episode 1

  • Quality Assurance in Another World - Season 1, Episode 1

 

ARIFURETA SEASON 3 PREMIERE + VOICE CAST TALK

Friday, July 5 | 10:00AM PT

JW Marriott – Platinum Ballroom


Panel Description: Be among the first to watch the premiere of Season 3 of Arifureta: From

Commonplace to World's Strongest ahead of its Fall 2024 simulcast, and join

special guest voice actors Toshinari Fukamachi (Hajime) and Yuuki Kuwahara

(Yue) for an exclusive Q&A and early previews into Episodes 2-4!


  • Panelists: Japanese voice of Hajime, Toshinari Fukamachi; Japanese voice of

Yue, Yuuki Kuwahara

  • Host: Crunchyroll’s Lauren Moore

 

ONE PIECE - EGGHEAD ARC ENGLISH DUB PREMIERE

Friday, July 5 | 11:30AM PT

LA Convention Center – Main Events


Panel Description: Toei Animation and Crunchyroll present the English Dub premiere of Episodes

1090 and 1091 of One Piece! Be among the first to catch the Straw Hats' arrival

at the futuristic and mysterious Egghead Island.

 

SOLO LEVELING PANEL

Friday, July 5 | 4:00PM PT

JW Marriott – Diamond Ballroom


Panel Description: Join Crunchyroll in a behind-the-scenes Solo Leveling panel with Taito Ban

and Aleks Le, the Japanese and English voice actors for Sung Jinwoo, along

with Atsushi Kaneko (A-1 Pictures Producer)! Don’t miss the chance to see

some exclusive behind-the-scenes content and hear directly from our guests!


  • Panelists: Producer Atsushi Kaneko; Japanese Voice of Jinwoo, Taito Ban;

English Voice of Jinwoo, Aleks Le

  • Host: Crunchyroll’s Chris Han

 

EXCL. WORLD PREMIERE OF Re:ZERO SEASON 3 FT. YUSUKE KOBAYASHI

Friday, July 5 | 5:00PM PT

LA Convention Center – Main Events


Panel Description: Join Yusuke Kobayashi and special staff members to watch the first full-length

(90 minutes!) episode of Re:Zero Season 3, ahead of its simulcast and

exclusively on Crunchyroll in 2024.


  • Panelist: Japanese Voice of Natsuki Subaru, Yusuke Kobayashi; Japanese

Voice of Garfield Tinsel, Nobuhiko Okamoto; Director, Masahiro Shinohara;

Character Designer, Haruka Sagawa; Kadokawa Producer, Sho Tanaka

  • Host: Crunchyroll’s Lauren Moore

 

BOCCHI THE ROCK! PANEL WITH DIRECTOR KEIICHIRO SAITO AND

YOSHINO AOYAMA

Friday, July 5 | 8:00PM PT

JW Marriott – Diamond Ballroom


Panel Description: Join Crunchyroll in a BOCCHI THE ROCK! panel with Director Keiichiro Saito

and Yoshino Aoyama, Hitori Gotoh’s voice actor! Don’t miss the chance to hear

some exclusive behind-the-scenes content from the award-winning slice of

life, music anime.


  • Panelists: Director Keiichiro Saito; Japanese Voice of Hitori Gotoh, Yoshino

Aoyama

  • Host: The Anime Effect podcast’s Nicholas Friedman and LeAlec Murray

 

CRUNCHYROLL PRESENTS KADOKAWA ANIME

Saturday, July 6 | 10:30AM PT

JW Marriott – Diamond Ballroom


Panel Description: Join Crunchyroll and Kadokawa for an exclusive and in-depth look behind

some of Kadokawa’s hottest anime of the year! Including a sneak peek of

OVERLORD: The Sacred Kingdom and featuring notable Japanese guests.


● Panelists: Voice Actor Yusuke Kobayashi; Various Special Guests

● Host: The Anime Effect podcast’s Nicholas Friedman and LeAlec Murray

 

BLACK BUTLER -PUBLIC SCHOOL ARC- PANEL

Saturday, July 6 | 2:00PM PT


JW Marriott – Diamond Ballroom

Panel Description: Join Crunchyroll in a behind-the-scenes Black Butler panel with Producer

Yoshito Ito, Director Kenjiro Okada and voice of Sebastian Michaelis, Daisuke

Ono! Hosted by CDawgVA, don’t miss the chance to see some exclusive

behind-the-scenes content, free poster giveaways, and hear directly from our

guests!


  • Panelists: Producer Yoshito Ito; Director Kenjiro Okada; Japanese Voice of

Sebastian Michaelis, Daisuke Ono

  • Host: CDawgVA

 

CRUNCHYROLL INDUSTRY PANEL

Saturday, July 6 | 5:00PM PT

LA Convention Center – Petree Hall


Panel Description: Hear about all the latest and greatest anime and manga coming out of

Crunchyroll straight from the source!


  • Host: Crunchyroll’s Tim Lyu and Lauren Moore

 

TOWER OF GOD 2ND SEASON SPECIAL PREMIERE

Saturday, July 6 | 5:45PM PT

JW Marriott – Diamond Ballroom


Panel Description: The long-awaited second season of hit WEBTOON-turned-anime Tower of God has finally arrived! The treacherous journey to the top of the tower continues in

this exclusive premiere of Episodes 1 & 2.

 

JUJUTSU KAISEN PANEL, POWERED BY CRUNCHYROLL

Sunday, July 7 | 10:00AM PT

LA Convention Center – Main Events


Panel Description: Join Crunchyroll and special guests Junya Enoki (Japanese voice of Yuji

Itadori), Shota Goshozono (Director of Season 2), and Keisuke Seshimo

(Animation Lead Producer, MAPPA) in celebration of the mega-hit series -

JUJUTSU KAISEN!


  • Panelists: Japanese Voice of Yuji Itadori, Junya Enoki; Season 2 Director Shota

Goshozono; Lead Animation Producer (MAPPA), Keisuke Seshimo;

  • Host: Crunchyroll’s Tim Lyu

 

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