The Crunchyroll December 2022 schedule has been announced and includes newer and classic films just in time to enjoy during the holiday season. Featured are Millennium Actress, Liz and the Blue Bird, Penguin Highway, As the Gods Will, and more.
From critically-acclaimed director Satoshi Kon, known also for Perfect Blue, Paprika, Tokyo Godfathers, and Paranoia Agent, experience the gorgeous new restoration of one of his greatest works, Millennium Actress. The film is produced by Madhouse and is a must-see for anime fans of all ages.
Based on the Sound! Euphonium novel series written by Ayano Takeda, which also was adapted into an anime series and available on Crunchyroll, Liz and the Blue Bird is a spin-off anime sequel film by Kyoto Animation that follows Mizore Yoroizuka and Nozomi Kasaki who play the oboe and flute, respectively.
As their club begins to practice songs inspired by the fairy tale “Liz and the Blue Bird,” Mizore and Nozomi begin to realize that there may be no such thing as being together forever. It was directed by Naoko Yamada, who also directed the feature film A Silent Voice and series The Heike Story and K-On!.
The Crunchyroll December 2022 lineup also includes Penguin Highway, produced by Studio Colorido and directed by Drifting Home‘s Hiroyasu Ishida. It is based on the 2010 science fiction novel of the same name written by Tomihiko Morimi that was adapted into a manga illustrated by Keito Yano.
And from Takashi Miike, the director behind the horrifying Ichi the Killer and Audition, comes live-action film As the Gods Will. The movie is adapted from the first part of the manga of the same name written by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and illustrated by Akeji Fujimura.
As the Gods Will introduces high school student Shun Takahata, who is bored with the day-to-day monotony of school and life until suddenly he and his classmates are forced to play deadly children’s games and face terrifying creatures from a talking Daruma doll to a sharp-clawed lucky cat.
Crunchyroll has also added many new and old fan-favorite films to its platform this year, including JUJUTSU KAISEN 0, AKIRA, your name., Wolf Children, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, The Boy and the Beast, Afro Samurai: Resurrection, and Josee, the Tiger and the Fish.
There’s also The Stranger by the Shore, Sword of the Stranger, ODDTAXI In the Woods, Sing a Bit of Harmony, Fruits Basket -prelude-, and Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night, among many more.
The Crunchyroll December 2022 lineup is available on over 15 platforms, including all gaming consoles.
CRUNCHYROLL DECEMBER 2022 MOVIES
AVAILABLE DECEMBER 8
As the Gods Will (Toho) – Live-Action
High school student Shun Takahata is bored. Bored with the day-to-day monotony of school and life, he prays for change, for something exciting. The last thing he expects is for the gods to answer.
Suddenly, he and his classmates are forced to play deadly children’s games and face terrifying creatures from a talking Daruma doll to a sharp-clawed lucky cat. Who will survive the gods’ games? Directed by Takashi Miike.
Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern: Part 1 (Nippon Animation)
Adapted from Waki Yamato’s popular manga, Haikara-San is a heartfelt, and sometimes comical, tale of love surviving through the perils of war and separation. Directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi.
Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern: Part 2 (Nippon Animation)
After marrying the head of the military, Benio hears her husband died in Siberia during a war. However after finding out he’s alive and fighting against his home land, Benio starts looking for her first love.
Wondering why he didn’t return and wanting to welcome him back. Hardships will happen and hearts may be broken, as he might have moved on. Directed by Seimei Kidokoro.
Sound! Euphonium: The Movie – Welcome to the Kitauji High School Concert Band (Kyoto Animation)
A recap movie of the first season of Sound! Euphonium. Directed by Tatsuya Ishihara.
Sound! Euphonium: The Movie – May the Melody Reach You! (Kyoto Animation)
A recap movie of the second season of Sound! Euphonium. Directed by Tatsuya Ishihara and Taichi Ogawa.
Sound! Euphonium: The Movie – Our Promise: A Brand New Day (Kyoto Animation)
The next piece begins! Kumiko is now in her second year at Kitauji High School, and with a new year comes new problems. As if making it to Nationals wasn’t hard enough, Kumiko is tasked with mentoring the concert band’s troublesome first years – each with their own distinct personality and problems to solve.
With Kumiko busy juggling both the concert band and her new role as senpai, how does her relationship with Shuichi fit into the picture? Directed by Tatsuya Ishihara.
AVAILABLE DECEMBER 15
Millennium Actress (Madhouse)
When the legendary Ginei Studios shuts down, filmmaker Genya Tachibana and his assistant are tasked with interviewing its reclusive star, Chiyoko Fujiwara, who had retired from the spotlight 30 years prior. As Chiyoko recounts her career, Genya and his crew are literally pulled into her memories where they witness her chance encounter with a mysterious man on the run from the police.
Despite never knowing his name or his face, Chiyoko relentlessly pursues that man in a seamless blend of reality and memory that only Satoshi Kon could deliver. Directed by Satoshi Kon.
Liz and the Blue Bird (Kyoto Animation)
Mizore Yoroizuka and Nozomi Kasaki are a pair of best friends in their final year of high school. They’re both obsessed with the school’s brass band club. With Mizore on the oboe and Nozomi on the flute, they spend their days in happiness, until the club begins to practice songs inspired by the fairy tale Liz und ein Blauer Vogel – “Liz and the Blue Bird”.
Immersed in this story, Mizore and Nozomi begin to realize that there may be no such thing as being together forever. Directed by Naoko Yamada.
Penguin Highway (Studio Colorido)
A fourth-grader, Aoyama-kun, investigates the mysterious reason behind the sudden appearance of penguins in his village, which is somehow related to a power from a young woman working at a dental clinic. Directed by Hiroyasu Ishida.
Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms (P.A. Works)
Escaping war, a young girl finds a lone surviving infant and decides to raise him as her son. Directed by Mari Okada.
Big Fish & Begonia (B&T, Beijing Enlight Media, and Studio Mir)
Under the ocean is a mystical race of beings that control the tide and the changing of the seasons. One of these beings, a restless young girl named Chun, wants to experience the human world, not simply observe it. When she turns 16, she is allowed to transform into a dolphin to explore the human world.
However, the world is a dangerous place. Trapped in a vortex, she is nearly killed but saved at the last minute by a human boy, who drowns as a result. Consumed by guilt, Chun decides to go on an epic adventure to give the boy life again. As protector of his soul, Chun must defeat those who stand in her way, including her own family. Directed by Xuan Liang and Chun Zhang.
Overlord: The Undead King (Madhouse)
Follow veteran MMORPG player Momonga, who’s just been trapped in the world of his favorite game! Realizing the unprecedented power he commands, Momonga decides to bring glory to Nazarick and change the course of history. Directed by Naoyuki Itō.
Overlord: The Dark Warrior (Madhouse)
Embracing his new identity and power as the fearsome overlord Ains Ooal Gown, Momonga continues to navigate the world of Yggdrasil in his quest to bring Nazarick to a new realm of glory throughout the game world. Directed by Naoyuki Itō.
AVAILABLE DECEMBER 22
SHIROBAKO The Movie (P.A. Works)
Aoi Miyamori must lead a theatrical production at Musashino Animation. Directed by Tsutomu Mizushima.
The Wonderland (Fuji Animation Studio and Signal.MD)
A girl without self-confidence meets a mysterious alchemist Hippocrates and his student Pipo who are on a mission to save the world. Together, they laid the groundwork for “Wonderland” and Akane is labeled as Wonderland’s savior. Directed by Keiichi Hara.
Isekai Quartet: Another World (Studio Puyukai)
Series synopsis: The button appeared out of nowhere. There weren’t any signs NOT to push it… so the solution is obvious, right? Is it a trap or the start of something new and exciting?
The crews of Re:Zero, Overlord, Konosuba, and The Saga of Tanya the Evil will find out when they go from their world to another and get stuck in… class?! Directed by Minoru Ashina.
Digimon Adventure tri. 1: Reunion (Toei Animation)
After years of inactivity, the DigiDestined regroup with their Digimon to save their world, but have the years changed their characters too much? Directed by Keitaro Motonaga.
Digimon Adventure tri. 2: Determination (Toei Animation)
The DigiDestined go to a nearby hot springs theme park and everyone has a good time, but Joe doesn’t show up because he wants to study for his exams. Another infected Digimon, Ogremon, attacks Odaiba.
Gomamon runs away from home while Mimi faces problems with the other DigiDestined and her classmates because of her selfish ideas. Would Joe accept his responsibilities as a DigiDestined before it’s too late? Directed by Keitaro Motonaga.
Digimon Adventure tri. 3: Confession (Toei Animation)
After seeing Meicoomon’s abrupt transformation and killing of Leomon, Agumon and the other Digimon are kept isolated in Koushiro’s office in order to prevent them from infection, but signs of infection begin to appear in Patamon. Directed by Keitaro Motonaga.
Digimon Adventure tri. 4: Loss (Toei Animation)
Upon arriving at the Digital World after the “reboot”, the digidestined are hunted by a new villain. Meanwhile, Sora is troubled by her partner Digimon’s indifference towards her. Directed by Keitaro Motonaga.
Digimon Adventure tri. 5: Coexistence (Toei Animation)
Meicoomon rampages after witnessing Meiko Mochizuki being injured by the man bearing Gennai’s likeness. “It would have been better if you hadn’t been born…” Meicoomon disappears into the Real World, which has since become distorted. Possessing overwhelming power, she’s the key to the world’s destruction. Directed by Keitaro Motonaga.
Digimon Adventure tri. 6: Future (Toei Animation)
The DigiDestined must stand together to prevent the digital world from swallowing the real world. Directed by Keitaro Motonaga.