Streaming service Crunchyroll announced more catalog anime additions for their platform thanks to US distributor Discotek Media over the past couple of weeks. While many of them are only accessible to the United States and Canada territories (due to licensing), a select number of the latest batch are also available for the United Kingdom and Ireland territories with English dubs if available.
UPDATE: 12th March – Unfortunately Crunchyroll adjusted the territories for Urusei Yatsura: Only You, Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer, and the other four films in the series, and thus are no longer accessible in the United Kingdom and Ireland. This write-up has been updated to reflect that to avoid confusion.
The following are available to stream right now on the platform:
(Bannou Bunka Neko-Musume)
1992 OVA series from studio Animate Film, as well as the 1998 television and OVA series DASH! from studio Ashi Productions. All episodes from each three series are available in English and Japanese audio with English subtitles.
When Ryunosuke’s pet cat dies in an accident, his inventor father “resurrects” the cat by placing its brain in an android body made in the form of a young girl.
Nuku Nuku’s just transferred into Manekigaoka Academy with strict instructions from her creator, Kyusaku Natsume, not to let it slip that she’s an Androbot.
A strange girl, Atsuko Higuchi, shows up at Ryunosuke’s house and tells him to call her “Nuku Nuku.” Her tragic past has left her with amnesia… but more importantly, he’s head over heels for her!”
(Batoru Faitauzu Garou Densetsu / Batoru Faitauzu Garou Densetsu 2)
1992 special from studio Nihon Ad Systems (studio NAS) and director Hiroshi Fukutomi, and 1993 special from director Kazuhiro Furuhashi. The two specials are available in English and Japanese audio with English subtitles.
“Ten years ago, Terry and Andy Bogard swore over their father’s grave to get revenge upon Geese Howard, the man responsible for their father’s death. Having witnessed the murder with their own eyes, they know not even the police can help them as Geese’s power is too devastating. When they return to Southtown, they’ll have to deal with assassination attempts, the loss of loved ones, and the final decision of their master as to who will learn the ultimate technique, the Senpuken! Even if they manage to defeat Geese, they’ll have to contend with his half-brother, Wolfgang Krauser, who is said to be even more powerful than the man who killed their father.”
(Garou Densetsu: The Motion Picture)
1994 theatrical film from studio Comet and director Masami Oubari. The film is available in English and Japanese audio with English subtitles.
“A chance encounter with a mysterious girl named Sulia sets Terry Bogard in a race to prevent the reincarnation of a god! Sulia’s brother Laocorn is out to collect the six shards of the Armor of Mars, which would grant him untold power if it were completed. The artifact belonged to their ancestor, Gaudeamus, said to be the man who finally stopped Alexander the Great’s conquest, but was killed himself soon after. With the power of the armor, Laocorn could turn back the tides of history and take revenge, conquering all that stands in his way. Already possessing three pieces of the armor, Sulia’s brother is way ahead of Terry, and what’s more, he’ll have to go through Laocorn’s minions, each powerful in their own right! Will he be able to defeat Laocorn and stop the rebirth of the god of war?”
2002 OVA series from studio Xebec. All 3 episodes are available in English and Japanese audio with English subtitles.
“Keitaro and Naru have begun college life at Tokyo University! After a long period of studying, bizarre happenings, random trips, and misunderstanding upon misunderstanding, their dream has finally come true! However, their feelings for each other are still a little… muddled. And just when Naru decides to get things out in the open once and for all, Keitaro disappears on an archaeological dig! With Naru’s old flame Seta!
And as if that’s not enough to cause trouble at the Hinata Apartments, a new manager has been selected to run the place during Keitaro’s absence. Kanako, Keitaro’s sister, has a lot of ideas about how things should be done and begins making changes. But while Keitaro was laid back and easy going, Kanako believes in rules and discipline. Will anyone survive Hinata Boot Camp?”
2005 television series from studio J.C.Staff. All 26 episodes are available in Japanese audio with English subtitles.
“When art student Ryushi Shiratori moves into the small apartment complex of Narutaki-so, he’s surprised to find that the landlady—Kozue Aoba—is a girl younger than him. But Ryushi is even more surprised when he discovers Kozue has multiple personalities, which take her over whenever she gets a shock! Living under the same roof as Kozue also means contending with the aggressive Saki, the childish Nanako, the wacky Chiyuri, and the shy Natsume. And that’s not to mention Ryushi’s other eccentric neighbors. As the seasons pass, Ryushi’s bonds with Kozue, her many personalities, and their other friends deepen and become precious to them all. Watch the residents of Narutaki-so live out their heartful days!”
2001 television series from studio Sunrise. All 26 episodes are available in English and Japanese audio with English subtitles.
“The Fight for Freedom Begins! 22 years ago, Tokyo was destroyed by a cataclysmic earthquake and in the aftermath the devastated region was just abandoned by the government. This area became known as the Lost Ground and it gave rise to Alter Users, people with unique psychic abilities to change matter and create Alters with incredible power.
To bring order back to the Lost Ground, the special police force HOLO was formed and using Alter Users themselves created HOLY to capture and control the renegade Native Alters. One such renegade is Kazuma, a Native Alter who thrives on the thrill of a good fight and the cash rewards. The power of this Alter, Shell Bullet is put to the test when HOLY comes knocking on his door and Kazuma must fight for his freedom and the safety of his friends. But is he strong enough to take on HOLY’s most powerful Alter User Ryuho and his Alter, Zetsuei?”
2001 television series from studio Zexcs. All 26 episodes are available in English and Japanese audio with English subtitles.
“Wataru Minakami was at the top of his class in middle school and had a pretty comfy life in Tokyo. But, when he unexpectedly fails his only high school entrance exam because of a computer glitch, his life is suddenly thrown into utter chaos! Jeeves, Wataru’s trusted butler, sends him off to attend school on a mysterious island. Upon his arrival, Wataru. encounters many friendly, cute girls. This isn’t a problem until he finds out they are all his sisters! For most kids, adjusting to life at a new school in a different town is tough enough. But for Wataru Minakami, high school will be the easy part!”
2002 television series from studio Zexcs. All 13 episodes are available in Japanese audio with English subtitles.
“Though they may come from different countries (and even different mothers) and have various temperaments and personalities, these 12 girls dote on their older teenaged brother. However, in RePure, all of the siblings live apart, which forces the (unnamed) brother to share his time with all of the sisters, from the elementary school-aged Hinako to the high school-aged Sakuya, who sees herself tied together to her brother by “the red string of fate.” The tomboy Mamoru just wants to catch up to her brother and be his physical equal and sporting companion, while Shirayuki dreams of an unlikely marriage, and Chikage uses magic in an attempt to seduce him. By turns funny, heartwarming and bittersweet, RePure focuses on the sibling interactions, but also spotlights an individual sister in each episode, exploring her psyche and relationship to her big brother. In the end, though, this gentle, romantic-tinged comedy culminates with a Christmas episode that brings together the baker’s dozen of a family as they realize what makes them a family.”
2003 television series from studio Xebec. All 26 episodes are available in English and Japanese audio with English subtitles.
“In 2167, the Earth was catastrophically damaged by a nearby supernova that had exploded. The explosion sent an electromagnetic wave of radiation that swept over the Earth. Now 186 year later, another more destructive wave, known as “The Second Wave”, is on it’s way to Earth…
15 year-old computer genius Shima Katase has been dreaming of going up into space longer than she can remember. So when given the chance to enter space piloting school she jumps at the chance. However, piloting is a lot more complicated than programming a computer. But what if she were to combine the two… Genius or troublemaker, Shima is certainly going to be making a name for herself among the faculty as the Second Wave approaches…”
2004 television series from Palm Studio. All 26 episodes are available in English and Japanese audio with English subtitles.
“The journey begins when Professor Kaneda creates the ultimate soldier robot, Tetsujin, as a substitute for his son, Shotaro, whom he mistakenly believed died in a bomb raid on Tokyo during World War II. To prevent the army from using Tetsujin as a tool for destruction, the professor hides the robot on a remote island. Ten years after the war, Tetsujin is finally resurrected after 28 attempts made by the late Professor Kaneda’s protege, Professor Shikishima. Meanwhile, Shotaro has grown up to become a genius boy detective and now joins forces with his beloved Tetsujin to wage a courageous battle against evil!”
(Tetsujin 28-gou: Hakuchuu no Zangetsu)
2007 theatrical film from Palm Studio and director Yasuhiro Imagawa. The film is available in Japanese audio with English subtitles.
“Japan, ten years after World War II. Boy detective Shoutarou solves mysteries and fights crime with the help of Tetsujin 28, the 50-foot tall giant robot left for him by his late genius father. But one day he’s shocked to learn that his father also adopted and raised another boy named Shoutarou, now a repatriated soldier. Just as surprising to our young hero is the fact that his “big brother” can also control Tetsujin, even better than he can. But with the emergence of this elder brother comes danger, as a mysterious assassin, Morning Moon, closes in on the boy for being unworthy of controlling the robot. Meanwhile, the capital faces destruction when multiple bombs are discovered, planted by the two Shoutarous’ father himself!”