HBO Max today announced it has ordered the adult animated series Santa Inc. from Lionsgate featuring voice performances by leads Sarah Silverman and Seth Rogen. The 8 episode, half-hour series will be written by showrunner Alexandra Rushfield (Shrill) and will be produced by Rogen’s Point Grey Pictures.
Santa Inc. is the story of Candy Smalls (Silverman), the highest-ranking female elf in the North Pole. When the successor to Santa Claus (Rogen) is poached by Amazon on Christmas Eve, Candy goes for her ultimate dream— to become the first woman Santa Claus in the history of Christmas.
Rushfield, Silverman, Amy Zvi and Anomalisa’s Rosa Tran will also serve as executive producers on the series.
The exodus to us animation scum is continuing and I’M OKAY WITH IT! Seth Rogen earlier this week announced that he’s also working on an adult animation film so it sounds like he’s caught the bug. The lovely Sarah Silverman has done tons of voice work and is a regular on series like Bob’s Burgers. Also, it’s not lost on me that we have two people who were raised Jewish voicing characters that are trying to replace a Christian fable. I’m totally here for this, but will conservatives have an issue? Only one way to find out!
In related news, HBO MAX has announced that select anime titles from Crunchyroll will be made available at launch which is expected to be May 27th and that it will be a mix of subtitled and English dubbed titles. While a list of the English dubs have not been made available yet, looking at the list of all of the titles obvious candidates like In/Spectre and Bungo Stray Dogs seem to be good bets given that they are both available dubbed on Crunchyroll today. The titles in italics are the ones we’re guessing are going to be available in bilingual formats.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – Full Series (64 episodes)
Disregard for alchemy’s laws ripped half of Edward Elric’s limbs from his body and left his brother Alphonse’s soul clinging to a suit of armor. To restore what was lost, the brothers seek the Philosopher’s Stone.
Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- (Director’s Cut) – Season 1 (13 episodes and 1 OVA) Natsuki Subaru, an ordinary high school student, is transported to another world where the only person to reach out to him was a beautiful girl with silver hair. Determined to repay her, Subaru agrees to help the girl find something she’s looking for.
In/Spectre – Season 1 (12 episodes)
In this Crunchyroll Original, an enthralling, fantastical mystery mixes with the supernatural and romance, as a duo sets out to solve a series of dark incidents plaguing their world.
Keep Your Hands off Eizouken – Season 1 (12 episodes)
Three high school students band together to create an animation club to realize the “ultimate world” that exists in their minds.
Rurouni Kenshin – Full Series (94 episodes)
Former government assassin, Kenshin Himura works to keep the peace during the Meiji Era in Japan, a time of troubled renewal after a long and bloody civil war.
KONOSUBA -God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! – Seasons 1 and 2 (22 episodes)
Kazuma Sato is transported to a fantasy world filled with adventure after a traffic accident. Now, along with the goddess Aqua, he is on a quest to solve many of this world’s problems.
Bungo Stray Dogs – Seasons 1 – 3 (37 episodes)
Kicked out of his orphanage and on the verge of starving to death, Atsushi Nakajima meets members of the “Armed Detective Agency” said to solve incidents that even the military and police won’t touch.
Berserk – Seasons 1 and 2 (26 episodes)
Spurred by the flame raging in his heart, the Black Swordsman Guts continues his seemingly endless quest for revenge.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress – Season 1 (12 episodes)
At a time when the industrial revolution wBeas carrying the world into the modern age, a horde of undead monsters suddenly appeared. The people of Hinomoto have built fortresses to help them survive this threat.
Kill la Kill – Season 1 (24 episodes)
Six years since their collaboration on the ground-breaking anime series, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Hiroyuki Imaishi and Kazuki Nakashima are back to shock the world! Ryuko Matoi is a vagrant schoolgirl who enters Honnouji Academy to search for clues to the truth behind her father’s death.
Your Lie in April – Season 1 (22 episodes)
Kousei Arima was a genius pianist until his mother’s sudden death took away his ability to play. Then he meets a violinist named Kaori Miyazono who changes his life forever.
ERASED – Season 1 (12 episodes)
A young manga artist struggles to make a name for himself while living with a strange condition that transports him back in time before something life-threatening occurs. How can he erase the threats to stop this from happening?
Kiznaiver – Season 1 (12 episodes)
A secret high school group is formed with students from different cities who share one another’s pain: a “Kiznaiver.”
Schwarzes Marken – Season 1 (12 episodes)
In 1983, the East German Army 666th TSF Squadron, “Schwarzes Marken,” is a special-response force tasked with assaulting BETA forces.
91 Days – Season 1 (13 episodes)
During prohibition, the law held no power and the mafia ruled the town. This 91-day story follows men guided by revenge as they try to escape their tragic fates.
The Testament of Sister New Devil – Seasons 1 and 2 (22 episodes)
Basara Toujo is a high school student whose father has suddenly just remarried. Hijinks ensue as his father then departs overseas leaving Basara with two new beautiful step-sisters.
Rokka -Braves of the Six Flowers – Season 1 (12 episodes)
Legend says, when the evil god awakens from the deepest of darkness, the god of fate will summon six braves and grant them with the power to save the world. However, it turns out that there are seven braves who gathered at the promised land.
TITLES AVAILABLE AFTER INITIAL LAUNCH WINDOW
Hunter x Hunter
Gon, a young boy who lives on Whale Island, dreams of becoming a Hunter like his father, who left when Gon was still young.
Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god.