Crunchyroll has announced its initial lineup for the upcoming spring 2022 season.
The streaming service revealed a new schedule featuring with the return of several fan favorites, including the second season of the popular isekai Rising of the Shield Hero, as well as the long awaited third season of Kaguya-sama: Love is War. The spring will also see the debut of several highly anticipated new shows, including the premiere of the anime adaptation of Tatsuya Endo's Eisner Award-nominated Spy x Family, as well as the new romantic comedy Shikimori's Not Just a Cutie. A number of on-going series, including Boruto: Naruto Next Generations and the historical fantasy Requiem of the Rose King, are also set to continue streaming new episodes into the next season as well.
Crunchyroll's late March and April premiere schedule is as follows:
Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Season 3 (Production I.G)
Estab Life: Great Escape (Polygon Pictures)
Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It r=1-sinθ (Zero-G)
Mahjong Soul Pon☆ (Scooter Films)
Fanfare of Adolescence (Lay-duce)
LOVE ALL PLAY (Nippon Animation and OLM)
BUILD-DIVIDE -#FFFFFF- CODE WHITE (Liden Films)
Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Final Season (SHAFT)
Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs (ENGI)
Tomodachi Game (Okuruto Noboru)
The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 (DR Movie)
The Greatest Demon Lord Is Reborn as a Typical Nobody (Silver Link)
Skeleton Knight in Another World (Studio Kai)
The Dawn of the Witch (Tezuka Productions)
Kaguya-sama: Love Is War -Ultra Romantic- (A-1 Pictures)
Date A Live IV (Geek Toys)
Dance Dance Danseur (MAPPA)
Love After World Domination (Project No.9)APRIL 9
SPY x FAMILY (WIT Studio and Cloverworks)
Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie (Doga Kobo)
In the Heart of Kunoichi Tsubaki (CloverWorks)
Aoashi (Production I.G)
Don't Hurt Me, My Healer! (Jumondou)
Ascendance of a Bookworm Season 3 (Ajiado)
A Couple of Cuckoos (Shin-Ei Animation)
Other potential highlights from this season include the third season of the critically lauded grounded isekai Ascendance of Bookworm and Dance Dance Danseur, the latest anime adaptation from MAPPA, the studio behind Attack on Titan: The Final Season and Yuri!! on Ice. April will also see the premiere of several notable new comedies, including In the Heart of Kunoichi Tsubaki, the latest series from My Dress-Up Darling studio CloverWorks, and Love After World Domination, a romantic comedy about a superhero and supervillain who pretend to be bitter enemies in public but are actually madly in love with each other.
Crunchyroll also lists continuing simulcasts of new episodes of One Piece and Digimon: Ghost Game, two series that were recently placed on indefinite hiatus following a hacking incident at studio Toei Animation. In addition to those shows, the release of the Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero was also postponed due to the hack.
In addition to the new anime, Crunchyroll will also soon add the ability to stream music from 14 of Sony Music Entertainment Japan's top artists, who have all contributed songs to popular anime soundtracks. Crunchyroll was purchased by Sony in 2021 for a reported $1.1 billion USD. Sony, which also owns Crunchyroll's former competitor Funimation, is now consolidating all of its anime content under the Crunchyroll brand. The company recently announced that most of Funimation's streaming anime library was being brought over to Crunchyroll's service, and that the Funimation streaming service will not be adding any new shows beyond the current winter 2022 season. Funimation's home video releases will now also carry Crunchyroll branding.