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The Best Based on Books Movies and TV Shows on Crunchyroll

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1. Sword Art Online

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73/100
Year: 2012-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 5
Action & Adventure, Anime

What it's about: In the near future, a Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online has been released where players control their avatars with their bodies using a piece of technology called Nerve Gear. One day, players discover they cannot log out, as the game creator is holding them captive unless they reach the 100th floor of the game's tower and defeat the final boss. However, if they die in the game, they die in real life. Their struggle for survival starts now...

Where to Watch: 89 episodes (75%) are available to watch free online (Crunchyroll). 87 episodes (73%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll & 2 others). 25 episodes (21%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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2. Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

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Year: 2018-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 2
Animation, Anime

What it's about: Puberty Syndrome—a rumored, mysterious syndrome that only affects those in their puberty. For example, a bunny girl suddenly appeared in front of Sakuta Azusagawa. The bunny girl's real identity is Mai Sakurajima, a teenage celebrity who is currently an inactive high school senior. For some reason, her charming figure does not reflect in the eyes of others. In the course of revealing the mystery behind this phenomenon, Sakuta begins to explore his feelings towards Mai. Set in a city where the skies and seas shine, Sakuta unfolds the meaning behind his bizarre encounters on women with the said syndrome.

Where to Watch: 13 episodes (93%) are available to watch free online (Crunchyroll). 11 episodes (79%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu, Crunchyroll & Funimation).

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3. KonoSuba – God’s blessing on this wonderful world!!

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Year: 2016-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 2
Action & Adventure, Anime

What it's about: After a traffic accident, Kazuma Sato’s disappointingly brief life was supposed to be over, but he wakes up to see a beautiful girl before him. She claims to be a goddess, Aqua, and asks if he would like to go to another world and bring only one thing with him.Kazuma decides to bring the goddess herself, and they are transported to a fantasy world filled with adventure, ruled by a demon king. Now Kazuma only wants to live in peace, but Aqua wants to solve many of this world’s problems, and the demon king will only turn a blind eye for so long…

Where to Watch: 22 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Crunchyroll). 19 episodes (86%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Crunchyroll).

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4. Run with the Wind

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Year: 2018-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Animation, Anime

What it's about: Kakeru, a former elite runner at high school, is chased for stealing food. He is saved by a Kansei University student Haiji, who is also a runner. Haiji persuades Kakeru to live in the old apartment "Chikuseisou" where he plans to team up with fellow residents to enter Hakone Ekiden Marathon, one of the most prominent university races in Japan. Kakeru soon finds out that all of the residents except for Haiji and himself are complete novices.

Where to Watch: 22 episodes (96%) are available to watch free online (Crunchyroll). 1 episodes (4%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Crunchyroll).

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5. Wise Man’s Grandchild

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Year: 2019-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
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What it's about: In the modern world, a lonely man dies and reincarnates in another world. Rescued as a baby from a tragedy by a brilliant sage named Merlin, the baby is raised as “Shin Walford,” and undergoes training in both magic and martial arts to kill the monsters that ravage the land. At 15 years old, Shin has become shockingly powerful. But his grandfather Merlin has forgotten to teach him the common sense of this world. As a result, Shin enrolls in the kingdom's Magic Academy to hone his skills and mature among other teenagers. However, living a normal life is impossible, as he is established as a local celebrity almost as soon as he arrives.This story follows Shin Walford's high school life in the capital as he makes new friends, learns about the world, and fights off the various forces of evil surrounding him and his city.

Where to Watch: 11 episodes (85%) are available to watch free online (Crunchyroll). 12 episodes (92%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu, Crunchyroll & Funimation). 12 episodes (92%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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6. Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor

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Year: 2017-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
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What it's about: The Alzano Imperial Magic Academy is located in the southern part of the Alzano Empire and is among most prominent magic schools in the world, where students can learn the highest forms of magic. All those who strive to learn magic dream of studying at this academy, and its students as well as its teachers are proud to be a part of its 400-year history. Glenn Radars is a new instructor who has suddenly been appointed to teach part-time at this highly respected academy. The previously unheard-of lessons of this man known as a good-for-nothing bastard are about to begin.

Where to Watch: 12 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Crunchyroll). 12 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Crunchyroll & Funimation). 12 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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7. In Another World with My Smartphone

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Year: 2017-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
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What it's about: Touya Mochizuki was accidentally killed, and as an apology, God allows him to be reborn in a fantasy world and will grant him any one wish he desires. And so, Touya chooses to keep his smartphone in the next world. In his second chance at life, he befriends many important figures and comes across the world's secret. He inherits the legacy of an ancient civilization and travels around nonchalantly while possessing powers that rival this world's kings.

Where to Watch: 12 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Crunchyroll). 12 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Crunchyroll & Funimation). 12 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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8. Joker Game

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Year: 2016-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 2
Thriller, Anime

What it's about: Taking place in the year 1937 on the eve of World War II, the story involves a mysterious spy training organization known as the "D Agency." The organization is established by Lieutenant Colonel Yuuki from the Imperial Japanese Army. His ideals lead him to recruit people beyond military academy graduates and personnel, while training them to become skilled agents in arts of manipulation. These agents would become a specialized team to conduct operations. One such antihero agent, under the name Jirou Gamou, goes on a harrowing mission to uncover secret documents titled "Black Notes," while battling forces from within and without his own ranks.

Where to Watch: 12 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Crunchyroll). 11 episodes (92%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Crunchyroll). 12 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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9. Isekai Cheat Magician

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Year: 2019-2020Seasons: 1
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What it's about: As regular high school students Taichi and Rin disappeared in a beam of light. When they came to, the two of them were already in a world of swords and magic. Finally getting away after experiencing an attack by monsters, following the suggestion of adventurers they headed on the path towards the guild. In the guild, the two of them found out that they possessed unbelievably powerful magic. Thus the regular high school students transformed into the strongest cheats...

Where to Watch: 11 episodes (92%) are available to watch free online (Crunchyroll). 1 episodes (8%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Crunchyroll).

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10. My Sister, My Writer

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Year: 2018-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Animation, Comedy

What it's about: Suzuka Nagami is a beautiful third-year middle school student who has excellent grades and is the student council president. She wrote a novel about a little sister who dotes on her older brother, and the novel wins a light novel award. After they discuss the matter, Yuu is the one who debuts as a proxy light novel author instead of Suzuka, under the pen name Chikai Towano.

Where to Watch: 10 episodes (83%) are available to watch free online (Crunchyroll). 1 episodes (8%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Crunchyroll).

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11. Boogiepop and Others

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Year: 2019-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
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What it's about: There is an urban legend that tells of a shinigami that can release people from the pain they are suffering. This "Angel of Death" has a name—Boogiepop. And the legends are true. Boogiepop is real. When a rash of disappearances involving female students breaks out at Shinyo Academy, the police and faculty assume they just have a bunch of runaways on their hands. Yet some students know better. Something mysterious and foul is afoot. Is it Boogiepop or something even more sinister...?

Where to Watch: 18 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Crunchyroll). 18 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Crunchyroll & Funimation).

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12. Maerchen Maedchen

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Year: 2018-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
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What it's about: When the two girls meet, magic begins. Hazuki Kagimura loves stories, an orthodox girl who is overly imaginative. Because her relationship with her new family does not go well, the environment sends her toward the stories in which she spends her days. One day after school, Hazuki gets lost among the bookcases of the library, leading her to a mysterious school where meets Shizuka Tsuchimikado. It is a magic school where girls (called "mädchen") are selected by the magical texts from which the world's stories are born. Hazuki herself is said to be chosen by the book of Cinderella. In order to become a true magician, Hazuki becomes friends with Shizuka and begins her new life at the school.

Where to Watch: 10 episodes (83%) are available to watch free online (Crunchyroll). 2 episodes (17%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Crunchyroll).