Crunchyroll Holds Worldwide Theatrical Release For “That Time I Got Reincarnated As Slime” Anime

Sony’s specialty streamer and distributor Crunchyroll has secured worldwide cinema rights to Kodansha’s upcoming adaptation of the hit anime series This time, I reincarnated as Slime.

The film, with the full title of This time I got reincarnated as Slime, the movie: Scarlet Bonddebuts in Japan in November 2022 and will be released in all major global territories in early 2023.

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The pickup continues an uptick in worldwide theatrical distribution for fan-favorite anime titles from Crunchyroll and Sony. As anime’s international popularity has grown in global online youth culture in recent years, its theatrical earning potential has also increased. In recent weeks, Crunchyroll has announced global big-screen release plans for Makoto Shinkai’s upcoming fantasy anime. Suzume no Tojimari and franchise favorites Dragon Ball Super: Super heroes and One Piece Movie: Red.

The previous movie in the Dragon Ball Super franchise, 2018 Dragon Ball Super: Broly was made for just $8.5 million, but grossed $30 million in North America and over $120 million worldwide. Other anime hits have performed well despite pandemic box office challenges, such as Aniplex’s Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train ($48 million in North America, $504 million worldwide) and Jujutsu Kaisen 0 ($30 million in North America, $162 million worldwide).

This time I got reincarnated as Slime, the movie: Scarlet Bond is based on the bestselling light novel written by Fuze and illustrated by Mitz Vah and the popular fantasy adventure animated series of the same name. The series follows Minami Satoru, an average 37-year-old man who dies and is reincarnated as the most mundane creature imaginable – a slime. At first, things are pretty bleak. He is blind, deaf and weak. But by combining his two special abilities, “Predator” and “Great Sage”, the newly named Rimuru Tempest will use his blobby powers to win both friends and foes in a diverse new world. The upcoming film’s standalone story takes place after the anime series’ Season 2 ends. More details about the film will be revealed in the coming months.

“The series remains a fan favorite with Crunchyroll audiences, and we’re excited to continue the adventures with the film’s theatrical release early next year on the big screen,” said Mitchel Berger, senior vice president. of Crunchyroll’s global commerce.

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