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Crunchyroll Acquires Rights to Animated Series Featuring K-Pop Group BTS


Stephanie Prange

Crunchyroll has acquired rights to the upcoming animated superhero series “Bastions” — featuring the K-pop group BTS — from Korean producers Thymos Media and will begin airing the five-part series on Saturdays, beginning May 13. 

The global streaming rights extend worldwide, excluding China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, North Korea and South Korea.

“Crunchyroll has an extraordinary opportunity to introduce fans to more animation styles from Asia, and this exciting new series from Korea does just that,” said Asa Suehira, Crunchyroll’s chief content officer, in a statement. “And having the music of so many K-pop stars really broadens the appeal of ‘Bastions.’”

The series is about a group of rookie superheroes in a world where superheroes compete for popularity. The young dynamos emerge as full-fledged heroes after saving Earth from a crisis by uncovering the identity of a villain responsible for environmental pollution.

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The series fuses K-Pop and animation, with several K-pop original songs, including the main track and theme song by BTS. It’s the first project by BTS as a group since it released its anthology album “Proof” in June last year. “Bastions” will also feature music from K-pop girl group Le Sserafim and singers Heize and AleXa participating on its soundtrack.

“BTS is expected to provide an overwhelming sense of immersion to the emotions and action scenes of the series by singing the theme song in perfect harmony,” read a Thymos Media statement.

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