Must-See Series to Watch First on Crunchyroll

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Liam Dempsey
Der shy man behind Shymander—a timezone-fluid Aussie with a penchant for anime, Eurovision, and researching odd topics. He'll also talk about Mob Psycho 100.

In our anatomy of the Crunchyroll catalog, we’ve covered the fists for shonen, the heart for romance, the imagination for fantasy and the muscles for sports.

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So, to cap off our five-part feature series, we turn to the eyes for five must-see anime to watch first on Crunchyroll!


ODDTAXI

The game is ahoof in this conflict of cat and mouse, puma and walrus, hippopotamus and baboon, boar and horse and…well, the list goes on in this deftly woven thriller that took home Best Director and Best Protagonist at this year’s Anime Awards!

Buckle up, because Odokawa takes you on a wild ride worth five stars and a generous tip as you sit on the edge of your seat, hanging onto every subtle hint and waiting for all to be revealed in a mind-blowing finale you won’t ever forget.

Flag down ODDTAXI and start watching on Crunchyroll!


Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!

Putting this quirky gem on the must-see list was an easy-breezy decision.

Acclaimed director Masaaki Yuasa (The Tatami Galaxy, Ping Pong the Animation) takes us into the very soul of creativity and anime in Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!, and the passion of three particular weirdos who try to make it.

There’s Asakusa, the curious gremlin with an eye for settings; Mizusaki, the charismatic model-turned-animator with an eye for motion; and Kanamori, the lean mean producing machine with an eye for money. Together, they form the school’s animation club: the Eizouken.

Set your eyes on Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! on Crunchyroll!


To Your Eternity

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After her grounded portrayal of reality in A Silent Voice, Yoshitoki Ōima turned her gaze to the stars with To Your Eternity, a cosmic but earthly tale about what it means to be human.

Cast down to Earth as nothing but an orb, Fushi’s immortal journey is constantly in motion, as each arc parts ways with the last and takes us to new places, new characters, and new struggles for Fushi to evolve from, even becoming physical manifestations of his being.

Loss, love and memory all have a part to play, but even in To Your Eternity‘s merciless world defined by death, there’s always hope to be found in what lives.

The first episode is a fantastic outing on its own, so give it a go on Crunchyroll!


Kaiji

If you were anywhere on the internet in 2021, you might’ve heard of a little Netflix series called Squid Game. And if you were around any anime circles, then you might’ve also seen a rise in endorsements to make the jump into Kaiji.

Burdened by a struggling economy and a stack of debt, the eponymous Kaiji enters a perilous gauntlet for a chance at financial freedom. He finds more than he bargained for, even as an avid gambler, but he makes it through with his own quick thinking.

Yet, Kaiji shines in how the story doesn’t just end there. Compassion for his downtrodden peers leaves Kaiji with only more debt, eventually forcing him into another round of a life-and-death game just to get back to square one—because there is no easy way out.

Sharply styled and pointedly relatable, Kaiji is worth rolling the dice on Crunchyroll!


A Place Further Than the Universe

Ahh, youth. Some fulfill it through study, others by finding true love, while a special few form a party and travel all the way to Antarctica.

Despite that intriguing premise, A Place Further Than the Universe is a coming-of-age tale that definitively puts the journey before the destination. There isn’t a grand prize at the end nor impossible obstacles to overcome; just four ordinary girls who leave their comfort zones to seize the world with their own hands.

Start your expedition with A Place Further Than the Universe on Crunchyroll!


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