Streaming services can no longer live strictly on licensing third-party content. Since the success of Netflix’s original programming, any streaming platform worth a subscription has a series, exclusive to their platform. Except for Crunchyroll, which has Attack on Titan, DBZ Super, and My Hero Academia. Why create new content when you have the series everyone wants to watch. But even Crunchyroll, with their massive catalog, can’t ignore the trend.
Crunchyroll might be the most popular place to watch anime, but it isn’t the only game in town. Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video are all betting on anime and beefing up their catalog. Funimation, the OG of anime, also has a streaming service as well as licensing deals with Hulu. All series must end, and Crunchyroll can’t rely solely on big names.
This spring, Crunchyroll released its original content. The title I was looking forward to the most was ‘The God of High School’. As someone who loves anime centered around martial arts, The God of High School could fill a void while I waited for new seasons of Baki and Kengan Ashura.
The God of Highschool is only seven episodes into the season, but it’s off to a rough start. The series has everyone one would want from a typical anime show.
- A diverse cast of characters and powers
- Seedy organizations
- Hidden agendas i
It also helps that Jin Mori, the story’s central figure, isn’t an annoying as Asta from Black Clover. The problem, however, is how God of High School introduces these elements. Character introductions and backstories are rushed, plot twists are shoved between matches, and the fighting has yet to reach a cadence that mirrors something like My Hero Academia. Fights that should be central to the show and span multiple episodes happen in seconds, killing any build-up or payoff. Story beats that should have an emotional impact are quickly glossed over.
The God of High School feels like an experiment for Crunchyroll. A test to see if people would like the idea before actually putting money behind it. Producing anime is a grueling business. You don’t want to spend millions creating something that flops, and Shonen anime is known for having hundreds of episodes. If Crunchyroll doesn’t have the resources to put behind the show, it would make sense to put as much content into one season as you can. The problem is that you are hurting a show that has the potential to be huge.