The Best Anime Titles to Stream On Crunchyroll
Sifting through the platform’s unrivaled lineup of shows
With its unrivaled lineup of binge-worthy anime titles, Crunchyroll has become the go-to for streaming the genre since it was founded in 2006. Now considered an uber popular one-stop-shop for anime, manga and dorama content, its catalogue of titles is the most extensive in the field. Touting a steady mixture of new and original shows and long-running favorites, the platform serves something for everybody. Whether you’re a longtime anime addict or have recently discovered the style, HYPEBEAST sifted through its impressive lineup to help prioritize your watching. From recently-launched series to cult classics, these are the top Crunchyroll titles to stream, including a few releases to watch out for. Consider your weekend plans solidified.
JUJUTSU KAISEN is one of the newest titles on Crunchyroll, with new episodes releasing every Friday. It’s a dark fantasy horror series that follows the life of teenager Yuji Itadori who finds himself entangled in an epic battle between sorcerers and powerful curses, even becoming possessed himself. The show is based on the 2018 manga of the same name and follows the life of the teenager as he attempts to use good to fight evil. MAPPA and Sunghoo Park, the animation studio and director behind The God of High School, came together once again to bring this storyline to life.
Onyx Equinox, which is slated to launch later this year, is one of Crunchyroll’s Original series. It’s the ultimate story of putting greater good over one’s own self as it follows an Aztec boy named Izel who is chosen to act as humanity’s champion during a war of the gods. With the future of the people at stake, he must complete the impossible task of closing the five gates to the underworld while battling his own internal darkness. The show takes place across Mesoamerica and was created by executive producer and showrunner Sofia Alexander, whose Mexican roots are imbued into the series.
BURN THE WITCH is a spinoff from the popular show Bleach, and has been highly anticipated by fans since it was announced earlier this year. In the female-led series, the protagonists — a witch duo named Noel Niihashi and Ninny Spangcole — are protection agents for Wing Bind, a government agency whose mission it is to protect and manage the dragons in London on behalf of the people. Unfortunately for them, 72% of all the deaths in the city are related to dragons, as fantastical beings are invisible to the majority of the people and only inhabitants of “Reverse London,” the hidden reverse side of the metropolis, can actually see them. The anime follows the duo as they attempt to keep attacks at bay.
Attack on Titan’s final season is slated to hit Crunchyroll before the end of the year, providing the perfect excuse to catch up on the series now. In the show, humanity is living within cities surrounded by humongous walls that protect them from gigantic man-eating humanoids referred to as Titans. Only the heroic members of the Scouting Legion dare to stray beyond the safety of the walls. The story follows main character Eren Jaeger, who vows to retake and avenge the world after a Titan brings about destruction to his hometown and the death of his mother.
Based on the original manga series from Haruichi Furudate, Haikyu!! is a slice-of-life sports anime on a junior high school student, Shōyō Hinata. He becomes obsessed with volleyball after catching a glimpse of Karasuno High School winning their game to qualify for Nationals on TV. Sparking a rivalry between the schools, Hinata takes this personally and vows to surpass and defeat star volleyball player Kageyama from Karasuno. The series currently has four seasons streaming on Crunchyroll.
One Piece is a pirate adventure manga written and drawn by Eiichiro Oda in 1997. It’s a classic anime that employs colorful and creative motifs taken from classic mythology, politics and musical aspects, along with pirate lore and a shonen formula. With all 20 seasons currently streaming on Crunchyroll, the series focuses on Monkey D. Luffy, a young man, who inspired by his childhood idol and powerful pirate “Red Haired” Shanks, sets off on a journey from the East Blue Sea to find treasure and proclaim himself the King of the Pirates. One Piece is divided into two halves: Sea of Survival: Super Rookies Saga and The Final Sea: The New World Saga.
Arguably, one of the most popular anime series, Naruto actually begins 12 years before the start of the series, when the Nine-Tails attacked Konohagakure destroying much of the village and taking many lives. The leader of the village, the Fourth Hokage, sacrificed his life to seal the Nine-Tails into a newborn, Naruto Uzumaki. The series then follows the story of the young ninja who seeks recognition from his peers and dreams of becoming the greatest Hokage the village had ever seen. Crunchyroll currently has all 9 seasons and 220 episode of Naruto streaming as well as 500 episodes of the sequel series, Naruto Shippuden.
The popular title Bleach follows the story of a 15-year-old high school student Ichigo Kurosaki, who becomes a substitute Soul Reaper when he meets Rukia Kuchiki, who cannot fulfill her duties after engaging in battle with a particularly powerful Hollow. Although initially reluctant to accept the heavy responsibility, he begins eliminating Hollows in Rukia’s place and, during this time, discovers that several of his friends and classmates are spiritually aware and have powers of their own. With this newfound knowledge, he takes on the duties of defending humans from evil spirits and guiding departed souls to the afterlife.
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