Crunchyroll is one of the biggest streaming services in the anime world. With a huge catalog and growing user base (over 1 million users), it looks like the the company is planning on taking anime into its own hands. Following Netlfix's footsteps, the distributor is looking to create it's own anime titles.
Crunchyroll announced that it has partnered with NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan (NUEJ) to co-develop new anime titles. While there is no information on the animes that will be produced, Crunchyroll has stated that the titles will be aiming for "international appeal".
NUEJ was formally known later Geneon Entertainment before the big merge with Universal Pictures Japan back in 2009. The company is a popular distribution company as well as an anime producer. NUEJ has previously worked with Crunchyroll, as Crunchyroll previously served as an international distributor for NUEJ-produced anime titles, which includes STARMYU 2, Drifters, Berserk and Seven Mortal Sins.
In other Crunchyroll news, the site updated its library just a few days ago, and fans quickly saw Code Geass and a few other titles had made it onto the site. If you are in the U.S. or Canada, you can watch both Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellio R2.
If you have already watched Code Geass, then Crunchyroll has some other offerings for you now. The site also added Haibane Renmei, Laughing Under the Clouds, Eureka Seven AO, Ga-Rei: Zero, The Slayers Revolution, and The Slayers Evolution-R to its catalog.
Each of the above series barring The Slayers Evolution-R are also up to stream on FunimationNow, so fans can catch up with the shows there if they would like.
You can ready the synopsis for Code Geass’ first volume below:
“In the year 2010, the Holy Empire of Brittania declared war on Japan. Powerless to stop them, Japan surrendered in less than a month. Freedom was lost and Japan was renamed "Area 11" and its people became known as "Elevens." Lelouch is a Brittanian and his friend Suzaku, born an eleven, has achieved the status of honorary Brittanian."