Crunchyroll has appointed Reemsborko Ltd as the UK and Eire licensing agent for One Punch Man, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, The God of High School, Tower of God and Bananya.
It’s an impressive range of properties that Reemsborko will now seek to develop as merchandise opportunities, including clothing and more, alongside other properties in its portfolio, which also includes Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Black Hammer, Dragonball Z and Lupin the Third.
Crunchyroll connects anime and manga fans across 200-plus countries and territories through the content they love. Best known as a top streaming service delivering AVOD and SVOD content, Crunchyroll also provides experiences to deepen fan engagement and community through social, events, games, consumer products, content distribution, content creation, and manga publishing.
One-Punch Man is a Japanese superhero franchise created by the artist ONE, initially as manga but later as anime, telling the story of Saitama, a superhero who can defeat any opponent with a single punch – but seeks to find a worthy opponent after growing bored by a lack of challenge due to his overwhelming strength.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure began as a manga series written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki, originally serialised in Shueisha’s shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump, before moving to anime, games, and a live action film directed by Takashi Miike, starring Kento Yamazaki as Josuke, released in Japan in 2017.
The God of High School is a South Korean manhwa, first released in 2011 as a webtoon written and illustrated by Yongje Park, that’s since been adapted into a mobile game and an original net animation short. An anime television series adaptation by MAPPA launched last year.
Also from South Korea is Tower of God, another manhwa released as a webtoon written and illustrated by S.I.U. that has also been developed into a mobile game and an anime television series adaptation by Telecom Animation Film, which also launched last year. Crunchyroll licensed and simulcasted the Japanese broadcast version of the anime for its streaming service.
Bananya debuted as an original Japanese anime in 2016, a series that follows a white cat who lives inside a banana, which was again was streamed outside of Japan by Crunchyroll. A second season aired in 2019.
“Crunchyroll are a great partner and I’m very pleased to be able to expand the Reemsborko roster,” says Max Arguile of Reemsborko. “Anime is a still growing genre, especially in the UK.”
“Reemsborko have done strong work so far for Crunchyroll with Junji Itô Collection,” noted Waell Oueslati of Crunchyroll. “It makes sense to expand this with these properties”
Reemsborko will be at the Brand Licensing Europe this weekend at the Excel, London, on stand B195, in the Independents’ Lounge.
• Check out the Reemsborko portfolio online at www.reemsborko.com
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.