Crunchyroll Announces 9 New Acquisitions At Anime Expo; Including Goblin Slayer S2, The Apothecary Diaries & More

During their Industry Panel at Anime Expo 2023, Crunchyroll announced 9 new anime license acquisitions. The lineup includes the second season of Goblin Slayer, a brand-new season of Black Butler, The Apothecary Diaries, and much more. You can view the full lineup below:

The Apothecary Diaries

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Studio: OLM
Launch Timing: Coming Soon 2023
Territories: Worldwide excluding Asia

Maomao lived a peaceful life with her apothecary father. Until one day, she’s sold as a lowly servant to the emperor’s palace. But she wasn’t meant for a compliant life among royalty. So when imperial heirs fall ill, she decides to step in and find a cure! This catches the eye of Jinshi, a handsome palace official who promotes her. Now, she’s making a name for herself solving medical mysteries!

The Faraway Paladin: The Lord of Rust Mountain

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Studio: OLM and Sunrise Beyond
Launch Timing: October 2023
Territories: World Ex Asia, Indian Subcontinent for non exclusive streaming rights only

Synopsis: Two years had passed since he left the City of the Dead, and Will was seventeen by count. As a lord, he developed “Torch Port, a river port of light”, and gradually the people’s activities and smiles returned to “Beast Woods”. However, out-of-season flowers bloom profusely, and an abnormality is discovered in the forest. Will and his friends head into the depths of the forest to solve this problem, and receive an ominous prophecy from the king of the forest. “In the Iron Rust Mountains, the ‘Fire of Black Calamity’ will occur. The fire will spread, or it will burn everything in this land.” What is the calamity that sleeps in the ruined dwarven city of Tetsusabi Sanmyaku…!?


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Launch Timing: Coming Soon 2023
Territories: United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Latin America, Russian Speaking Territories

Season 1 Synopsis: “I’m not saving the world. I just kill goblins.” Rumor has it that, in a certain guild in the middle of nowhere, there is an extraordinary man who has climbed all the way to the Silver rank just by killing goblins. At the same guild, a priestess who’s just become a new adventurer has formed her first party… and the man who ends up rescuing that party when they get into trouble is none other than the Goblin Slayer.

The Kingdoms of Ruin

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Studio: Yokohama Animation Lab
Launch Timing: October 2023
Territories: Worldwide excluding Asia

Synopsis: Witches once blessed the human race with wisdom and peace. But the Redia Empire’s “Gear Expansion” brought about a culture of science that far surpassed magic, and witches were viewed as enemies impeding the progress of civilization. Thus began the witch hunts. One human named Adonis, who was raised by a witch named Chloe, swears revenge against the human race that took his beloved mentor from him. What salvation can be found at the end of a bloodbath fueled by utter despair?

I Was Reincarnated as the 7th Prince So I Can Take My Time Perfecting My Magical Ability

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Studio: Tsumugi Akita Animation Lab
Launch Timing: April 2024
Territories: Worldwide excluding Asia

Synopsis: The qualities valued most in the study of magic are bloodline, aptitude, and effort. There was one sorcerer who, despite his deep love for magic, was born a commoner and thus lacked the bloodline and aptitude for it. As he died an unnatural death, he wished he had studied magic more while he had the chance. Then, he was reincarnated as Lloyd, the seventh prince of the Kingdom of Saloum and one blessed with a strong magical bloodline. Reborn with all his memories intact, along with the perfect bloodline and immense talent, he was determined to enjoy his new life, using his extraordinary magical abilities to master the study of magic that was beyond his reach in his previous life!

To Be Hero X

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Studio: BeDream
Launch Timing: TBA
Territories: Worldwide excluding Asia

Synopsis: In this world, people’s beliefs create heroes. The hero that gains the most belief is named Hero X.

Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki 2nd Stage

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Studio: Project No.9
Launch Timing: January 2024
Territories: World excluding Asia (exclusive), Bhutan and India (non-exclusive), and Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan (exclusive for Russian, non-exclusive for other languages)

Season 1 Synopsis: With no written rules, the real world is hard for gamer Tomozaki Fumiya, but he’s about to get experience he needs from a seasoned player.

Black Butler

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Studio: CloverWorks
Launch Timing: Coming 2024 from Aniplex and Crunchyroll
Notes: Worldwide Anime Adaptation announcement. A new season of Black Butler returns and will continue adapting the manga further in this new season!
Territories: Worldwide excluding Asia

Series Synopsis: A new season of Black Butler returns in 2024!


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Studio: MAPPA
Launch Timing: January 2024
Notes: Director Hiroko Utsumi, series composer Taku Kishimoto, character designer Takahiro Kagami, and production studio MAPPA bring you a new anime in which a story of delinquents meets “Arabian Nights”!
Territories: Worldwide excluding Japan

Synopsis: When Arajin Tomoshibi reunites with his former best friend, Matakara Asamine, he finds himself involved in a battle among some of the strongest guys around. And then the shadow of a giant genie suddenly looms over them…

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