Crunchyroll, which has just acquired Sony’s Funimation for $ 1.175 billion, is expanding its subscriber and content catalog. And as anime (and anime-related programs for all ages) become a staple of pop culture, bigger and bigger names are working with companies like Crunchyroll to find a way into it. Case in point: Idris Elba, of Thor, Pacific Rim, and The cable Glory, will produce a new series created exclusively for the platform.
On Tuesday, Crunchyroll announced that Elba’s Green Door Pictures and his wife Sabrina Elba’s Pink Towel Pictures would be developing Dantai
The show follows two rising stars from both sides of that divide who compete against each other “in a story that will ultimately explore equality and kinship in a corrupt society”.
“We are very excited to announce this deal on our first anime,” said the Elbas in a joint statement. “We’re both fans of the genre and see a great opportunity to create something unique for a powerhouse like Crunchyroll. The history of Dantai
“For more than a decade, Crunchyroll has led the popularization of adult dramatic animation through anime and anime-inspired originals and we are fast becoming the epicenter for the next generation of animation fans, as demonstrated by our incredible growth in registered users and subscribers,” said Joanne Waage, GM of Crunchyroll. “Gens Y and Z have experienced superhero fatigue and are hungry for the new stories and ideas our creators tell. This development contract with Sabrina and Idris Elba is another example of how we are working with world class partners to attract new audiences and tell fresh and compelling stories through a medium that transcends genres and generations. “
Along with the announcement, Crunchyroll announced that its subscriber base had exceeded four million subscribers in January (up from three million in the summer of 2020). To keep up with Netflix, Hulu, and other anime providers, Crunchyroll has upgraded its original content game as it grew. earlier originals included Tower of god, The god of high schooland that inspired by Mesoamerica Onyx Equinox.