With Funimation’s current merger with the Crunchyroll platform, the latter is increasingly becoming the definitive streamer for exclusive anime content. Last month saw the classic 90s anime series Triguna modern classic in the form of black lagoonand more.
While June looks set to be a quieter month, there’s still a handful of noteworthy anime series to stream. These range from an old action horror classic like hellsing, along with the most recent adaptation, to more down-to-earth, lifelike anime-esque align stars for those looking for some quieter moments.
Psycho-Pass (seasons 1-2)
Psycho-Pass is an inventive anime original story, with the first and third seasons animated by Production IG (Haikyuu!! seasons 1-4) and the second by Tatsunoko Production. The premise is heavily inspired by neo-noir cyberpunk classics such as Blade Runnerof Psycho-Pass set in 22nd century Japan.
Enforcers in this authoritarian setting “maintain the law” by arresting or killing people who have the slightest suspicion of criminal intent. While subsequent seasons struggled to maintain the narrative freshness of the first, Psycho-Pass is still a worthy sci-fi anime to be immersed in.
Season 1 and 2 of Psycho-Pass are now available to stream on Crunchyroll.
Hellsing (Episodes 1-13)
Writer Kouta Hirano’s Cult Classic Action Horror Manga Hellsing received its first anime adaptation in 2001 through animation studio Gonzo. The series is set in a dark fantasy world where several supernatural hunting societies exist around the world, including the English Hellsing organization.
Its determined leader uses protagonist Alucard, a vampire designed to fight loyally on behalf of Hellsing. This first adaptation uses the same core characters and setting, but follows a new story. Hellsing will be an exciting time for fans craving an over-the-top and gritty action series, especially for those seeking the anime equivalent of the Castlevania video game series and Netflix shows.
All 13 episodes of Hellsing are now available to stream on Crunchyroll.
Hellsing Ultimate (Episodes 1-10)
For fans of the manga looking for a faithful adaptation of Hirano’s source material, the more recent Hellsing Ultimate OVA anime series will certainly satisfy. Animated this time through a collaborative effort between studios Graphinica, Satelight and industry veterans Madhouse, ultimate looks like what Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood did after the original anime adaptation.
The story follows the Hellsing organization’s struggles against sadistic supernatural forces, as well as the growing international threat from rival factions. If fans enjoyed the earlier adaptation, they will no doubt feel at home with the more modern animation and visual style of ultimateas well as all the stylishly gruesome action it brings.
All 10 episodes of Hellsing Ultimate are now available to stream on Crunchyroll.
Align Stars (Episodes 1-12)
On the quieter side of Crunchyroll’s recent additions, align stars follows an original story of a high school boys tennis club that is disbanded due to their poor competitive performance. Animated by studio Eight Bit, the series revolves around protagonist Maki Katsuragi as he transfers to the school and is recruited by club captain, Toma Shinjo.
On top of the sports theme on the surface, align stars also takes a closer look at the boys’ more bleak, grounded coming-of-age character drama as they adjust to high school life.
All 12 episodes of align stars are now available to stream on Crunchyroll.
Super Cub (Episodes 1-12)
Another series from the life, Studio Kai’s anime adaptation of Tone Kouken and Hiro’s light super cub novels revolve around a high school girl named Koguma. She leads a fairly mundane life, to the point where she longs for something to spark interest and which will give her a welcome dose of excitement.
Koguma decides to buy a Honda Super Cub, which ultimately leads to her life being more than just a scooter. From there, she goes on to meet and forge close friendships with Reiko and Eniwa. super cub is another anime series for those looking for a touching and heartwarming drama.
All 12 episodes of super cub are now available to stream on Crunchyroll.