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CRUNCHYROLL Comes to Comic-Con International!

Crunchyroll Announces Free Dragon Ball Z Concert, Dance Parties Featuring 88Rising’s J-Pop Girl Group ATARASHII GAKKO!, and City Bus Takeover

Culver City, CA (June 28, 2022) –Crunchyroll, the global leader in bringing the ultimate anime experience to fans in over 200 countries and territories, has announced its plans for Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center from July 21-24 with interactive experiences, panels, music series and so much more.  Many of Crunchyroll’s activations and fan events will support the upcoming film, Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO, in North American theaters on August 19.

After the above-announced Dragon Ball Super panel, the party continues with a special two-night Crunchyroll Concert Series at the iconic Rady Shell at Jacobs Park that includes the Crunchyroll-Hime Dance Party with DJ Jun Inagawa, with 88rising’s powerhouse J-Pop group ATARASHII GAKKO!.

Saturday will bring a special curated immersive musical experience, presented by Crunchyroll and Toei Animation, in partnership with Overlook Events.

A fan favorite, the Crunchyroll Industry Panel returns for all the latest news, trailers, and more, kicking off the ‘Con. 

Crunchyroll has also branded city buses from the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System throughout the ‘Con featuring My Hero Academia, Chainsaw Man, Attack on Titan, SPY x FAMILY, and others.

Crunchyroll newspapers will be printed and distributed to cover all the latest and greatest anime news from the ‘Con. Crunchyroll will also be satisfying fans with cool free giveaways and handouts at every activation.

And every anime fan in attendance will live and breathe anime all weekend long.


Thursday, July 21, TBD | Room 6A

All the latest and greatest anime coming out of Crunchyroll straight from the source from Crunchyroll’s own Tim Lyu and Lauren Moore.


Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23 | The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park

            Two nights of fun and immersive music and dance experiences including;




Friday, July 22 at 7pm-9:30pm | The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park

A high-impact performance with anime-inspired elements and dance crew! 88Rising’s powerhouse J-Pop girl group ATARASHII GAKKO! represents a new generation of Japanese youth, one embracing personal expression and pushing against traditional boundaries a little at a time. The outlandish quartet — composed of kawaii-but-fierce Mizyu, wildcard Suzuka, graceful Kanon, and funky Rin — break down genre walls to create music mixing elements of pop, jazz, hip-hop, rock, and more. DJ Jun Inagawa opens the Crunchyroll-Hime Dance Party for anime fans to get their groove on!

ATARASHII GAKKO! (literally meaning “new school” in Japanese) are a group of four young women who are redefining what it means to be a girl group. They wear sailor-fuku (sailor suits) uniforms in a style that were worn by Japanese students back in the 70s and 80s with long skirts and pulled-up socks, and staunchly refuse to be objectified. Their aggressive and expressive dance moves, which they choreograph themselves, are a hybrid of the energy of Japanese butoh dance, heavy metal headbanging, and hip-hop street dancing. Musically, AG! brings together elements of modern J-Pop, Showa-era kayokyoku, rap, punk, dance music, but it would be pointless to try to categorize them in any genre.

Saturday, July 23 at 7pm | The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park

The Dragon Ball Z Concert Experience – Comic-Con International Premiere Edition combines the senses and sounds of Dragon Ball Z, together with a world-renowned orchestra, live vocals, and a legendary composer, to create a truly immersive multimedia, one-of-a-kind curated concert experience. Nicholas Buc, Conductor, and San Diego Symphony Orchestra power up for the experience..

Both events are free to San Diego Comic-Con badge holders.

About Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll connects anime and manga fans across 200+ countries and territories with the content and experiences they love. In addition to free ad-supported and subscription premium content, Crunchyroll serves the anime community across events, theatrical, games, consumer products, collectibles, and manga publishing.

Anime fans have access to one of the largest collections of licensed anime through Crunchyroll and translated in multiple languages for viewers worldwide. Viewers can also access simulcasts — top series available immediately after Japanese broadcast.

The Crunchyroll app is available on over 15 platforms, including all gaming consoles.

Crunchyroll, LLC is an independently operated joint venture between US-based Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Japan’s Aniplex, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., both subsidiaries of Tokyo-based Sony Group Corporation.

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