Global demand for anime ‘shows no signs of slowing’ as Crunchyroll details international licensing deals

The global anime brand has detailed a full slate of new licensing partnerships across its library of anime series including Jujutsu Kaisen, Bananya, and the Crunchyroll Original series, The God of High School, that sees it span multiple categories across multiple markets.

The roll out arrives in the midst of what Crunchyroll’s head of consumer products, John Leonhardt has described as a market with no signs of slowing down.

“Our latest roundup of deals demonstrates that there is an anime for every fan – from the adorable Bananya, to The Junji Ito Collection of spooky stories or the high-energy sports series Haikyu!! to the Shonen-Jump hit series Dr. STONE, just to name a few,” he said.

Crunchyroll’s European office has secured key deals with partnerships including Captain Tsubasa, My Hero Academia, One Punch Man, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, and Great Teacher Onizuka, among others.

“Crunchyroll has been the world’s best home for anime for more than a decade and represents titles that can drive success to your category,” said Waell Oueslati, director of acquisitions and licensing EMEA at Crunchyroll. “We deliver strong merchandising programs for key IP in the year ahead.”

Among Crunchyroll’s latest round of international and domestic licensing partnerships, the firm has tapped Buffalo Games to develop puzzles and Japanime Games to develop board game titles for Bananya, while Black Clover has been signed to Japanime Games for board game, Trademark Productions for apparel, Traly Group for pins, and Tsume Art for figurines.

Burn the Witch was recently granted to Kitsune Statue for figures and statues, while Cardcaptor Sakura was signed by Fukuya USA for plush. Dr. STONE, meanwhile, was signed by Youtooz, Inc. for Figurines and Haikyu!! was granted to Trademark Products for apparel.

Elsewhere, Jujutsu Kaisen was recently granted to Trends International for posters, and to Zumiez for skateboards and accessories. In Europe, the official French manga publisher will produce a school diary.

Mobile Suit Gundam was granted to Loot Crate for the Mobile Suit Gundam Loot boxes, Princess Connect Re:Dive was recently launched as the newest title from Crunchyroll Games and was granted to Ripple Junction for apparel, and That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime was offered to Trademark Products for apparel and Youtooz, Inc. for figurines.

The God of High School the action-packed Crunchyroll Original series animated by MAPPA was granted to GB eye for beverage, housewares and home decor, to Great Eastern Entertainment for apparel and accessories and to Youtooz, Inc. for figurines, while the Junji Ito Collection was recently granted to Pyramid International for stationery and home decor.

European specific deals have also been closed for Captain Tsubasa which is partnering with Rhinoshield for phone accessories, Barrado Toys for plushies for France and Spain, and with Funko for Pop! figures.

My Hero Academia will extend its current product range with Studio JG for stationery and accessories in Poland, Barrado Toys for plushies for France and Spain, Jacob Company for back to school accessories, Rhinoshield for phone accessories and Aymax for homeware for Benelux

One Punch Man was recently granted to Indiego Distribution for apparel in the UK, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is now in partnership with Bioworld for apparel, and Great Teacher Onizuka is now in partnership with Abysse for gift and collectibles.

Crunchyroll’s global consumer products team provide anime fans worldwide with the best in fashion, home goods, lifestyle and more, managing rights for more than 350 anime series for more than 100 licensees.

Crunchyroll serves more than 100 million registered users and four million subscribers in more than 200 countries and territories. Crunchyroll’s robust online community also includes more than 50 million followers across social media.

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