Crunchyroll has the largest anime library in the world. This is perfect for watching ongoing series since the latest episodes hit the platform an hour after their Japanese premiere. Earlier in 2022, Funimation merged with Crunchyroll, making its vast library even bigger.
It can be difficult to choose which anime to watch next because there are so many titles. Luckily, Crunchyroll is always adding new titles, whether it’s old classics or brand new series from all anime genres. There’s an anime for every type of person, and more likely than not, new viewers can find it somewhere in Crunchyroll’s vast library.
14/14 Samurai Champloo (2004-2005)
Samurai Champloo, directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, is a historical anime series set in feudal Japan. However, its hip-hop soundtrack and upbeat characters give it a fresh, rather than vintage feel.
Samurai Champloo features Jin, Mugen, and Fuu. Jin is a ronin more concerned with becoming a better swordsman than making friends and influencing people. Mugen is an animalistic fighting style samurai who adheres to his own moral compass. They are both Fuu’s bodyguards as she searches for the samurai who smells of sunflowers.
13/14 Yu Yu Hakusho (1992-1994)
Yu Yu Hakusho was Yoshihiro Togashi’s first masterpiece before Hunter X Hunter. Yu Yu Hakusho follows Yusuke, a delinquent who nearly died trying to save a child from being hit by a car.
Yusuke’s unexpected selflessness touched the authorities in the spirit realm, so they gave him a second chance, with some conditions. With one of the best tournament arcs in shonen history, well-written antagonists, and thrilling fight scenes, Yu Yu Hakusho is a must-have watch for all shonen anime fans.
12/14 Receding Lycoris (2022–present)
Recoil of Lycoris was one of the best anime released during the summer 2022 season. Recoil of Lycoris follows a crime syndicate called Direct Attack. The group nurtures orphaned girls and raises them as cold-blooded assassins in their “Lycoris” program.
Recoil of Lycoris stars Takina and Chisato. Takina is a strong Lycoris who is passionate about her work. After a horrific hostage situation, Takina gains a new partner in Chisato, a Lycoris prodigy who doesn’t take his job so seriously. Throughout the show, the duo learns to work together. Recoil of Lycoris isn’t primarily character driven. Instead, the series lets its action do the storytelling.
11/14 Mob Psycho 100 (2019–present)
Mob Psycho 100 is an unconventional shonen hit that takes itself seriously for what it is while poking fun at the genre’s most over-the-top trope. 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 features Shigeo Kageyama, or “Mob”, a teenage esper who keeps his emotions bottled up to avoid overloading his ESP. If his emotions reach 100%, Mob’s already powerful abilities become terribly strong.
10/14 Sk8 Infinity (2021–present)
The popularity of sports anime has recently exploded thanks to titles like Haikyu!, Kuroko’s Basketballand more recently, Sk8 Infinity. Sk8 Infinity hit Crunchyroll right after the merger with Funimation.
Sk8 Infinity embraces sports anime clichés, but its storytelling never feels contrived. Instead, new viewers can access Sk8 Infinity expect a fun, lighthearted show with a good sense of humor, a lovable ensemble cast, and tons of awesome skateboarding stuff. Sk8 Infinity follows Reki and Langa as they bond over skateboarding and compete in “S”, an illegal tournament in an abandoned mine.
9/14 Gintama (2006-2018)
Gintama is a critically 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, he has to accept odd jobs and freelance gigs at his company, Yorozuya, to make ends meet.
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 weirdness, and shonen action, all rolled into one.
8/14 Basket of Fruits -Prelude- (2021)
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 all-new adorable moments between Tohru and Kyo.
Fruit Basket -Prelude- delves into Kyoko’s backstory and fully fleshes her out as an abandoned delinquent. It’s a stark contrast to Kyoko’s fans who fell in love as Tohru’s mother. Fruit Basket -Prelude-‘s The box office success is testament to the renewed popularity of shojo in recent years.
7/14 Blue lock (2022–present)
blue lock is a unique sports anime that turns football into an all-or-nothing game of death as Japan’s top players are confined to a facility and forced to compete. Whoever comes first enters the national team as the best striker in Japan.
blue lock follows Yoichi Isagi, a soccer player who cost his national team after making the mistake of passing instead of shooting. At the titular Blue Lock, Yoichi learns the importance of developing an ego as a player as he ruthlessly competes against his peers to become number one.
6/14 Naruto (2002-2007)
From seasons one through nine of naruto are 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 genre’s “big three” since its premiere in 2002.
Seasons one through nine make up the first part of the naruto front series Shippuden. These seasons show Naruto as a fledgling shinobi trying to make his way in the world and stand out from his peers. A part of Naruto’s the best arcs take place during seasons one through nine, such as the Chunin Exams.
5/14 My Hero Academia (2016–present)
My Hero Academia The sixth season has recently premiered and features one of the most anticipated story arcs. my hero academia follows Izuku Midoriya after he goes from quirkless wonder to pro-hero with a full roster of super-powered quirks.
my hero academia is a brilliant next-gen shonen series with a memorable art style, thoughtful world-building, and an ensemble cast with a personality every viewer loves. Its villains are just as adorable as the heroes, and every fight lives up to the hype.
4/14 Tokyo Revenge (2021–present)
Tokyo avengers was the breakout anime during the summer 2021 season. Tokyo avengers features Takemichi, a 26-year-old man whose life is at an all-time low. When things couldn’t get any worse, Takemichi discovers that his high school girlfriend was killed in a tragic accident.
After that, Takemichi is caught on a time-travel back to middle school to prevent her death from happening. However, this leads to run-ins with violent college gangs and it changes the course of Takemichi’s life forever. Tokyo avengers is an action-packed series with a great soundtrack and a set filled with lovable characters.
3/14 Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (2021 Movie)
Jujutsu Kaisen 0 was recently added to Crunchyroll’s library. Jujutsu Kaisen 0 serves as a prequel to the main series, taking place a year before Yuji swallows Sukuna’s fingers. It presents 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 features Yuta Okkotsu, who is haunted by Rika Orimoto, his childhood friend who became a vengeful cursed spirit after dying in an accident. Yuta attends 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 Chainsaw Man (2022–present)
Chainsaw Man was the most anticipated anime of the fall 2022 season. Its manga garnered a devoted cult following, so fans had high expectations for the first episode. Fortunately, MAPPA did not disappoint.
Chainsaw Man follows Denji, a poor teenager who drives out demons to get the yakuza to pay off his father’s debt. Unfortunately, the yakuza betrayed him and tried to kill him. Denji’s canine companion and chainsaw devil, Pochita, merged with his heart and resurrected him. 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)
Spy X Family was the anime of the spring 2022 season. It is such a light-hearted, action-packed shonen series. Spy X Family features 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 origins are unknown. Afterwards, he marries Yor, a seemingly unassuming town clerk who is actually a master assassin. They all keep their true identities a secret from each other and chaos ensues.
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