Best Anime on Crunchyroll (October 2022)

Crunchyroll has the world’s largest anime library. It’s perfect for watching ongoing series as the latest episodes arrive on the platform an hour after their Japanese premiere. Earlier in 2022, Funimation merged with Crunchyroll, making the massive library even bigger.

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It can be hard to choose which anime to watch next because there are so many titles out there. Fortunately, Crunchyroll is always adding new titles, be it older classics or brand new series from every anime genre. There’s an anime for every type of person and, more likely than not, new viewers can find it somewhere in Crunchyroll’s extensive library.

14/14 Samurai Champloo (2004-2005)

26 episodes

Samurai ChamplooDirected by Shinichiro Watanabe, is a historical anime series set in feudal Japan. The hip-hop soundtrack and upbeat characters make it feel fresh rather than vintage.

Samurai Champloo stars Jin, Mugen and Fuu. Jin is a ronin who is more concerned with becoming a better swordsman than winning friends and influencing people. Mugen is a samurai with an animal fighting style that sticks to his own moral compass. They are both Fuu’s bodyguards as she searches for the samurai that smells like sunflowers.

13/14 Yu Yu Hakusho (1992-1994)

112 episodes

Yu Yu Hakusho was Yoshihiro Togashi’s first masterpiece prior to Hunter X Hunter. Yu Yu Hakusho follows Yusuk, a delinquent who nearly died trying to save a child from a car accident.

Yusuk’s unexpected self-sacrifice hit the authorities of the spirit realm, so they gave him a second chance, under certain conditions. With one of the best tournament arcs in history, well-written opponents and exciting fight scenes, Yu Yu Hakusho is a must-watch for any shonen anime fan.

12/14 Lycoris recoil (2022–present)

13 episodes

Lycoris recoil was one of the best anime released during the summer season of 2022. Lycoris recoil follows a crime syndicate called the Direct Attack. The group fosters orphaned girls and raises them as cold-blooded hitmen in their “Lycoris” program.

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Lycoris recoil stars Takina and Chisato. Takina is a strong Lycoris who is passionate about her work. After a terrible hostage situation, Takina finds a new partner in Chisato, a Lycoris prodigy who doesn’t take her job very seriously. During the show, the duo learns to work together. Lycoris recoil is not primarily character-driven. Instead, the series lets its action tell the story.

11/14 Mob Psycho 100 (2019-present)

26 episodes

Mob Psycho 100 is an unconventional shonen hit that takes itself seriously for what it is, while poking fun at the genre’s most exaggerated style. With a simplistic, yet unique art style and visually stunning animation courtesy of Studio Bones, Mob Psycho 100 is as character-driven as it is action-packed.

Mob Psycho 100 plays Shigeo Kageyama, or “Mob,” a teenage Esper who bottle up his emotions to avoid overloading his ESP. When his emotions hit 100%, Mob’s already powerful abilities become terrifyingly strong.

10/14 Sk8 The Infinity (2021–present)

12 episodes

Sports anime’s popularity has skyrocketed lately thanks to titles like Haikyuu!, Kuroko’s Basketballand most recently, Sk8 The Infinity. Sk8 The Infinity press Crunchyroll right after the Funimation merge.

Sk8 The Infinity embraces sports anime clichés, but telling them never feels contrived. Instead, new viewers can join Sk8 The Infinity expect a fun, light-hearted show with a good sense of humor, a likeable ensemble cast and tons of impressive skateboard tricks. Sk8 The Infinity follows Reki & Langa as they band together about skateboarding and participate in ‘S’, an illegal tournament in an abandoned mine.

9/14 Gintama (2006-2018)

367 episodes

Gintama is an acclaimed Shonen series about Gintoki Sakata, a defiant samurai and lovable eccentric who still carries his wooden sword after alien invaders banned his profession. However, to make ends meet, he has to pick up odd jobs and freelance gigs at his company, Yorozuya.

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Gintama is full of recognizable pop culture references that make the viewer forget that the series is set in feudal Japan. Gintama is a brilliant combination of slapstick comedy, sci-fi weird and shonen action in one.

8/14 Fruit Basket -Prelude- (2021)

88 minutes

Fruit basket -Prelude- is the prequel to fruit basket which recently arrived in Crunchyroll’s anime library. The film tells the story of Tohru’s parents, Katsuya and Kyoko. However, it also features plenty of flashback scenes and brand new cute moments between Tohru and Kyo.

Fruit basket -Prelude- delves into Kyoko’s backstory and completely fills her in as an abandoned delinquent. It’s a stark contrast to the Kyoko fans Tohru’s mom has come to love. Fruit basket -Prelude-‘s success at the box office is testament to shojo’s newfound popularity in recent years.

7/14 Blue lock (2022-present)

24 episodes

Blue lock is a unique sports anime that turns football into an all-or-nothing death game as the best players in Japan are locked in a facility and forced to compete. Whoever comes out on top wins the national team as Japan’s best striker.

Blue lock follows Yoichi Isagi, a football player who cost his team subjects after making the mistake of passing instead of shooting. With the title Blue Lock, Yoichi learns the importance of developing an ego as a player as he competes relentlessly against his peers to become number one.

6/14 Naruto (2002-2007)

220 episodes

From seasons one to nine of Naruto Leaving Netflix soon, now is the perfect time to migrate to Crunchyroll and pick up the series. Naruto is a classic shonen anime series and has maintained its stronghold in the “big-three” of the genre since its premiere in 2002.

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Seasons one through nine form the first part of the Naruto series before Shippuden. These seasons show Naruto as a young shinobi trying to find his way in the world and stand out from his peers. Some of Narutos best arcs take place during seasons one through nine, like the Chunin exams.

5/14 My Hero Academia (2016–present)

120 episodes

My Hero Academias Season 6 recently premiered and features one of the most highly anticipated storylines. My Hero Academia follows Izuku Midoriya as he morphs from a quirky wonder to a pro-hero with a slew of overpowered quirks.

My Hero Academia is a brilliant newer-generation Shonen series with a memorable art style, well-thought-out world-building, and an ensemble cast with a personality that any viewer will love. The villains are just as sweet as the heroes and every fight lives up to the hype.

4/14 Tokyo Revengers (2021–present)

24 episodes

Tokyo Revengers was the breakout anime during the summer 2021 season. Tokyo Revengers starring Takemichi, a 26-year-old man whose life is at an all-time low. When things couldn’t get any worse, Takemichi learns that his high school sweetheart has been killed in a tragic accident.

Afterwards, Takemichi is caught time-traveling back to high school to prevent her death from happening. However, this leads to clashes with violent high school gangs, and it changes the course of Takemichi’s life forever. Tokyo Revengers is an action-packed series with a great soundtrack and a cast of lovable characters.

3/14 Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (film from 2021)

105 minutes

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 was recently added to Crunchyroll’s library. Jujutsu Kaisen 0 serves as a prequel to the main series and takes place a year before Yuji swallows Sukuna’s fingers. It introduces fan-favorite characters and recurring antagonists in a whole new light, providing context for certain individuals and events mentioned in the main series.

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Starring Yuta Okkotsu, who is haunted by Rika Orimoto, his childhood friend who became a vengeful cursed ghost after dying in an accident. Yuta goes to Tokyo Jujutsu High to become a wizard and unravel his curse. As expected from any MAPPA project, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 features brilliant animation, stunning visuals, well choreographed fights and a beautiful soundtrack.

2/14 Chainsawman (2022-present)

12 episodes

chainsaw man was the most anticipated anime of the fall 2022 season. Its manga has gained a devoted cult following, so fans had high hopes for the first episode. Fortunately, MAPPA did not disappoint.

chainsaw man follows Denji, an impoverished teenager who hunts devils for the yakuza to pay off his father’s debt. Unfortunately, the yakuza betrayed him and tried to kill him. Denji’s canine friend and the Chainsaw Devil, Pochita, fused with his heart and brought him to life. After that, Denji joined the Public Safety Devil Hunters to defeat the gun devil and score with a girl in the process.

1/14 Spy X Family (2022–present)

25 episodes

Spy X Family was the breakout anime during the spring 2022 season. It’s a shonen series that’s as lighthearted as it is action-packed. Spy X Family plays Twilight, a spy who must infiltrate a school to prevent a war. To do this, Twilight takes the name “Loid Forger” and creates a makeshift family.

Twilight adopts Anya, completely unaware that she is a powerful telepath whose true origin is unknown. Then he marries Yor, a seemingly humble town clerk who is actually a master murderer. They all keep their true identities a secret from each other and chaos ensues.

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