HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s entry into the streaming wars, will launch before the month is through. While its extensive lineup of original programs (most of which will not be ready by launch date) have gotten the most attention, HBO Max will also boast an extensive catalog of anime as well.
Thanks to a partnership with Crunchyroll, the service will offer 17 anime titles on launch day, with more on the way. They range from famous to obscure, dramatic to comedic, slice-of-life to fantasy, the full spectrum (minus anything X-rated).
HBO Max has also announced that in the months ahead, Hunter X Hunter (pronounced with the X silent) and Death Note will also join the lineup. But here’s what you can find on Day 1. HBO Max launches May 27.
FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD – Full Series (64 episodes)
Disregard for alchemy’s laws ripped half of Edward Elric’s limbs
from his body and left his brother Alphonse’s soul clinging to a suit
of armor. To restore what was lost, the brothers seek the
RE:ZERO – STARTING LIFE IN ANOTHER WORLD- (DIRECTOR’S CUT) – Season
1 (13 episodes and 1 OVA)
Natsuki Subaru, an ordinary high school student, is transported to
another world where the only person to reach out to him was a beautiful
girl with silver hair. Determined to repay her, Subaru agrees to help
the girl find something she’s looking for.
IN/SPECTRE – Season 1 (12 episodes)
In this Crunchyroll Original, an enthralling, fantastical mystery mixes
with the supernatural and romance, as a duo sets out to solve a series
of dark incidents plaguing their world.
KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF EIZOUKEN – Season 1 (12 episodes)
Three high school students band together to create an animation club to
realize the “ultimate world” that exists in their minds.
RUROUNI KENSHIN – Full Series (94 episodes)
Former government assassin, Kenshin Himura works to keep the peace
during the Meiji Era in Japan, a time of troubled renewal after a long
and bloody civil war.
KONOSUBA – GOD’S BLESSING ON THIS WONDERFUL WORLD! – Seasons 1 and 2
Kazuma Sato is transported to a fantasy world filled with adventure
after a traffic accident. Now, along with the goddess Aqua, he is on a
quest to solve many of this world’s problems.
BUNGO STRAY DOGS – Seasons 1 – 3 (37 episodes)
Kicked out of his orphanage and on the verge of starving to death,
Atsushi Nakajima meets members of the “Armed Detective Agency” said to
solve incidents that even the military and police won’t touch.
BERSERK – Seasons 1 and 2 (26 episodes)
Spurred by the flame raging in his heart, the Black Swordsman Guts
continues his seemingly endless quest for revenge.
KABANERI OF THE IRON FORTRESS – Season 1 (12 episodes)
At a time when the industrial revolution was carrying the world into the
modern age, a horde of undead monsters suddenly appeared. The people of
Hinomoto have built fortresses to help them survive this threat.
KILL LA KILL – Season 1 (24 episodes)
Six years since their collaboration on the ground-breaking anime series,
_Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann_, Hiroyuki Imaishi and Kazuki Nakashima are
back to shock the world! Ryuko Matoi is a vagrant schoolgirl who enters
Honnouji Academy to search for clues to the truth behind her father’s
YOUR LIE IN APRIL – Season 1 (22 episodes)
Kousei Arima was a genius pianist until his mother’s sudden death took
away his ability to play. Then he meets a violinist named Kaori Miyazono
who changes his life forever.
ERASED – Season 1 (12 episodes)
A young manga artist struggles to make a name for himself while living
with a strange condition that transports him back in time before
something life-threatening occurs. How can he erase the threats to stop
this from happening?
KIZNAIVER – Season 1 (12 episodes)
A secret high school group is formed with students from different cities
who share one another’s pain: a “Kiznaiver.”
SCHWARZES MARKEN – Season 1 (12 episodes)
In 1983, the East German Army 666th TSF Squadron, “Schwarzes
Marken,” is a special-response force tasked with assaulting BETA
91 DAYS – Season 1 (13 episodes)
During prohibition, the law held no power and the mafia ruled the town.
This 91-day story follows men guided by revenge as they try to escape
their tragic fates.
THE TESTAMENT OF SISTER NEW DEVIL – Seasons 1 and 2 (22 episodes)
Basara Toujo is a high school student whose father has suddenly just
remarried. Hijinks ensue as his father then departs overseas leaving
Basara with two new beautiful step-sisters.
ROKKA -BRAVES OF THE SIX FLOWERS – Season 1 (12 episodes)
Legend says, when the evil god awakens from the deepest of darkness, the
god of fate will summon six braves and grant them with the power to save
the world. However, it turns out that there are seven braves who
gathered at the promised land.