A New Challenger Appears!

Earlier today, Crunchyroll co-founder and general manager Kun Gao announced that the company is entering the distribution game. The company will dub and release several of its catalog titles on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Crunchyroll DVD and BLu-Ray Launch Visual - 20160701

Crunchyroll named eight titles that will receive the physical release treatment:

  • Berserk (2016)
  • Big Order
  • Free! Iwatobi Swim Club
  • Gintama
  • Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
  • Myriad Colors Phantom World
  • Twin Star Exorcists
  • Yamada-kun & the Seven Witches

All of the above titles will also receive an English dub.

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Visual 001 - 20160317Furthermore, Crunchyroll announced that they acquired the rights to Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, which streamed on Amazon during its broadcast run. Crunchyroll also acquired the merchandising rights to the title. The company plans to work with several partners to create merchandise based on the series.

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is an original series from Wit Studio. Tetsuro Araki (Attack on Titan, Death Note) directed the show, while Yasuyuki Ebara provided character designs. Ichiro Okouchi (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Planetes) was in charge of series composition, while Hiroshi Seko (Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill) wrote the scripts. Hiroyuki Sawano (Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill) scored the show’s soundtrack.