HBO Max is looking to become the next contender to Netflix after the launch of Disney+, and it hopes to become as much with help from anime. As the streaming service prepares to launch on May 27, fans have been keeping tabs on the exclusive titles HBO Max will debut with, and Studio Ghibli was just the start. The service has made a deal with Crunchyroll which will bring some of the anime site’s biggest titles to HBO Max on day one and bring even more series as time goes on.
In the press release announcing the line ups, the Chief Content Officer for HBO Max, Kevin Reilly, had this to say:
“Anime is a celebrated, diverse art form with a rich culture rooted in imaginative worlds and vibrant characters. Crunchyroll has centralized these fantastic adventures for everyone to enjoy.”
The current general manager of Crunchyroll, Joanne Waage, also shared her thoughts:
“The HBO brand is known for premiere content and innovative storytelling. By bringing series from Crunchyroll to HBO Max, we hope to introduce anime to a wider audience who appreciates compelling stories told through this dynamic medium. Together with HBO Max, we are delivering the maximum reach for these incredible anime series, and we can’t wait for new fans to fall in love with anime.”
Needless to say, the launch for HBO Max is looking to have a lot of content under its belt, anime and otherwise!