All the Crunchyroll News from Anime NYC!

OK, it’s highly unlikely this is all the Crunchyroll news that will come out of this weekend’s Anime NYC, the second-largest anime convention in the United States. After all, it’s only the first day! But Crunchyroll held their standard industry panel this afternoon as one of the first panels of the convention, and there were a slew of announcements to be made!

The highlight of the panel for me was the reveal that Crunchyroll has acquired the animated adaptation of the hit WEBTOON, True Beauty, which is one of my favorites. I loved the K-drama, and I am ridiculously excited for the anime. While I did like some of the changes they made for the K-drama, I assume that the anime is going to follow the webcomic more closely. Regardless, I will be on pins and needles waiting for this to drop; it’s supposed to come out sometime in 2024.

In other big news, the English dub cast for Solo Leveling (another WEBTOON adaptation!) was announced, and those of us at the panel got a short preview from the first episode!

  • Our main dual blade wielding, shadow summoning, solo leveling guy Jinwoo Sung [성진우] will be played by Aleks Le
  • Trusty rich sidekick extraordinaire Yoo Jinho [유진호] will be played by Justin Briner
  • The hard working sister Sung Jinah [성진아] will be played by Rebecca Wang
  • The lovely, deadly S-rank hunter Cha Hae-in [차해인] will be played by Michelle Rojas
  • Flame wielding, glasses cool guy Choi Jong-in [최종인] will be played by Ian Sinclair
  • The beast mode with sick sideburns Baek Yoonho [백윤호] will be played by Christopher R. Sabat
  • The silver haired wise but strong chairman of the korean hunter association, Go Gunhee [고건희] will be played by Kent Williams
  • And finally sleek backed hair chief inspector of the Korean hunters association Woo Jinchul [우진철] will be played by SungWon Cho

The new OVA for season 6 of My Hero Academia, “UA Heroes Battle”, will drop on November 30 (both subbed and dubbed). Some of us got to watch the full episode at New York Comic Con last month, and I really enjoyed it! I mean, it’s a 25-minute ad for the My Hero Academia card game, but it was silly and entertaining. Of course, with everything going on in season 6, the massive shift in tone feels out of place, but still.

Here is a rundown of all the news and highlights from the Crunchyroll Anime NYC panel.

  • Major Acquisition, Date, and Dub Announcements:

    • Tower of God Season 2: The epic climb resumes in Tower of God Season 2, covering pivotal WEBTOON webcomic arcs “The Return of the Prince” and “Workshop Battle,” coming to Crunchyroll in July 2024.

    • Solo Leveling: In Solo Leveling, the weak but determined Jinwoo Sung faces deadly dungeons and emerges as a formidable hunter, with the English dub cast announced for the January 2024 release.

    • True Beauty: Based on the hit WEBTOON webcomic of the same name, True Beauty tells a compelling tale of Jugyeong, a girl who reinvents herself with makeup, navigating school life, rivalry, and romance, with a simulcast coming to Crunchyroll in 2024.

    • UA HEROES BATTLE: In the new, original episode from My Hero Academia, “UA HEROES BATTLE”, class 1-A combats winter boredom with a new, intense U.A.-themed card game introduced by Mirio Togata, sparking a spirited competition among the students.

    • Delusional Monthly Magazine: Explore bizarre and inexplicable phenomena with Delusional Monthly Magazine, an unusual science magazine bringing its outlandish stories to Crunchyroll in January 2024.

    • Senpai is an Otokonoko: Love and identity entangle in Senpai is an Otokonoko, where unrequited love leads to surprising revelations and a complex love triangle, launching in 2024.


  • Series Highlights and New Info:

    • Metallic Rouge: Rouge, an android with transformative powers, tackles her mission on Mars to confront the IMMORTAL NINE in Metallic Rouge, soon to be released on Crunchyroll.

    • Dr. STONE Season 3 Part 2: Dr. STONE Season 3 Part 2 continues the Stone World saga with Senku and his allies uncovering petrification secrets and facing new threats, with weekly episodes every Thursday.

    • Black Butler: The dark and stylish world of Black Butler returns, continuing the tale of the iconic master and his demonic butler as they navigate new mysteries, coming in 2024 from Aniplex and Crunchyroll.

    • GOBLIN SLAYER II: The Goblin Slayer is back in Season 2, donning his armor to protect the frontier with his eclectic team, ready for more relentless goblin-slaying action on Crunchyroll.

    • One Piece: Join the adventures of the Straw Hat Pirates through the Land of Wano as Luffy faces off against a joint attack from Kaido and Big Mom in the next batch of One Piece English dubs available on Crunchyroll on December 12.

    • Tales of Wedding Rings: High schooler Satou follows his love, Hime, to another realm, becoming a Ring King in a heroic twist of fate in Tales of Wedding Rings, premiering January 2024 on Crunchyroll.

    • Sasaki and Peeps: Sasaki and Peeps centers on Sasaki, a weary office worker, who discovers his new pet bird, Peeps, is a magical mage from another world, embarking together on a fantastical adventure, set to premiere in January 2024. 

Additional Panel Highlights:

  • JUJUTSU KAISEN Season 2: JUJUTSU KAISEN Season 2 intensifies as a Veil descends over Shibuya, trapping citizens and setting the stage for a catastrophic showdown, with new episodes every Thursday on Crunchyroll.

  • SPY x FAMILY Season 2: The unique Forger family, with a spy dad, an assassin mom, and a telepathic daughter, returns for more undercover antics in SPY x FAMILY Season 2, airing Saturdays on Crunchyroll.

  • Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End: Elven mage Frieren, post-Demon King victory, faces human mortality’s brevity. Her quest with a new apprentice to fulfill old friends’ wishes explores life, death, and the passage of time.

  • Crunchyroll Game Vault: Crunchyroll leveled up its Premium Memberships with Crunchyroll Game Vault—a growing library of free premium mobile titles specifically curated for Mega and Ultimate Fan Members. Crunchyroll Game Vault launched with the mobile debut of hit games River City Girls, Wolfstride. and Captain Velvet Meteor: The Jump+ Dimensions

  • Crunchyroll Store: Offering a huge selection of merch, including exclusives like poster prints for Cowboy Bebop as well as New FiGPiNs for Loid Forger (SPY x FAMILY); Tanjiro (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba); and Super Saiyan Caulifla (Dragon Ball Super). Anime NYC goers will also get one of the earliest chances to grab items from at the newly launched Cat-Eyed Boy x Deadmau5 collection!

Stay tuned for more news out of Anime NYC!

Author: Jamie Sugah

Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.

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