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Crunchyroll Adds “Cheer Boys!!”, “Kingdom” Season 1

My kingdom for a good cheer pun on this one.

Earlier today, Crunchyroll announced that they added Cheer Boys!! and the first season of Kingdom to their digital lineup. Both titles were licensed by Funimation.

Cheer Boys!!

Cheer Boys!! is available to members in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.

The series, which aired in the Summer 2016 broadcast season, adapts Ryō Asai’s novel of the same name. The series was directed by Ai Yoshimura (Blue Spring Ride, Dance With Devils) at Brain’s Base, with Hitomi Tsuruta (The Comic Artist and His Assistants, World Trigger) providing character designs. Reiko Yoshida (Bakuman, Girls und Panzer) was in charge of series composition.

Crunchyroll describes Cheer Boys!! as:

Haruki Bandou was born into a family of Judo marital artists and expected to continue the family legacy. But he’s about to trade Judo for…cheerleading?! When his childhood friend Kazuma Hashimoto invites him to join the BREAKERS, a male cheerleading club, Haru finds himself amongst a quirky group of boys. Can this squad of slightly odd and cute members make a breakthrough in college athletics?


Kingdom is available to users in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

The show, which aired in the Summer 2012 broadcast season, adapts Yasuhisa Hara’s manga of the same name. Jun Kamiya (D.I.C.E., Blue Seed Beyond) helmed the project at Studio Pierrot, with the team of Atsuo Tobe (Yakitate!! Japan, Ai Monogatari), Masatoshi Hakanda, and Noriko Otake (Saiyuki Reload, Sugar Sugar Rune) providing character designs. Naruhisa Arakawa (Terraformars Revenge, Steam Detectives) was in charge of series composition for the project.

Crunchyroll describes Kingdom as:

Shin and Hyou are war-orphans in the kingdom of Qin. They dream of proving themselves on the battlefield until the day Hyou is captured by a minister. The boy manages to escape and return to his village, but he is badly injured. Shin then meets a mysterious youth who bears an eerie resemblance to Hyou—a boy who will one day become emperor!

Source: Crunchyroll

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