Streaming giant, Crunchyroll announced a bunch of exciting news during a fan-packed premiere event in Mumbai, which took place on July 20, 2023, emphasising its commitment to the Indian market.
Rahul Purini, President of Crunchyroll, graced the event to celebrate the premiere of Jujutsu Kaisen Hindi dub (S1 – E1 and E2), where he revealed the company’s ambitious plans to cater to the growing community of anime enthusiasts across the country.
Checkout the roundup of announcements made during the event below:
- Expansion of Content Library: Crunchyroll announced that it would add 40 new series and 200 hours of content by the end of 2023, many of which will be available in Hindi. These series would join fan-favorites Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Naruto Shippuden, and My Hero Academia already on the platform.
- Hindi Dub for Chainsaw Man: Crunchyroll is making Hindi dubs of the popular Chainsaw Man available on July 29. Chainsaw Man is the hit dark fantasy anime series based on the widely popular and award-winning manga of the same name written and illustrated by Tatsuki Fujimoto (Fire Punch; Look Back; Goodbye, Eri) and serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump.
- Jujutsu Kaisen will premiere season 1 dubbed in both Hindi and Tamil beginning July 28, with three episodes airing every week. Dubbed episodes of Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 will begin airing in the fall, but fans can catch new episodes subtitled in English streaming now on Crunchyroll.
- Telugu and Tamil Dubs: Finally, Crunchyroll will be introducing dubs in Tamil and Telugu by the end of the year, responding to the diverse linguistic preferences of Indian anime fans
Rahul Purini, President of Crunchyroll, expressed his admiration for the Indian anime community, stating, “India is a special place for Crunchyroll. It has the second largest anime fandom on the planet and will drive 60% of the global growth in anime interest in the next few years. We see first-hand how much love there is for anime here, which is why we have been expanding our content catalog. We now have over 500 titles, 3800 hours of content, and 7500 episodes – making us the largest anime catalog in India“.
In the past year, Crunchyroll has demonstrated its dedication to the Indian anime community by taking several strategic initiatives, from reducing subscription fees and enabling local currency payments to offering Hindi dubs for Indian and worldwide audiences, attending India Comic Cons, and adding more library hours and series.
Source: Press Release