Crunchyroll announced that High Guardian Spice created by Raye Rodriguez will be released as part of their Crunchyroll Originals 2020 slate.
In a press release, Crunchyroll explains their Crunchyroll Originals slate “was curated using more than 10 years of viewership data, paired with Crunchyroll’s deep connection to the anime community.”
Crunchyroll previously announced the show would be released in 2019.
ANNOUNCING: CRUNCHYROLL ORIGINALS 🎉
We’re proud to announce High Guardian Spice, the first series from Ellation Studios, coming in 2019!! pic.twitter.com/bJHr1lBWzI
— Crunchyroll (@Crunchyroll) August 22, 2018
Following that announcement, the show was heavily criticized.
You’re asking America Based CR if they’re going to have a Japanese DUB?? (w/ subtitles?) of an American CARTOON (if it’s not from Japan it’s Not Anime)…It’s like a Snake eating its own tail
— The Moe Dome (@The_MOE_Dome) August 22, 2018
It’s not anime lol.
— Weaponized Nerd Rage (@WeaponizedRage) August 23, 2018
Oh great. Yet another Tumblr: The Show. It will surely be a success ; ^)
— FoolyKewly (@FoolyKoowly) August 22, 2018
Given how society works now days I can’t actually tell if this is a committed artistic team with an actual goal and dreams or just another LGBT+SJW look-at-us-we-matter thing. Being almost all female is irrelevant, what matters is the final product. Hope it’s genuinely artistic.
— OmegaXTR (@OmegaXTR) August 22, 2018
Aka tumblr the animated series
— Redeemer (@ChampionBrown) August 22, 2018
Nobody cares about the gender of the creators, what matters is it actually good. You seem to be focusing a lot on the female staff as the main selling point I’m going to assume it won’t be exactly the best.
— Nui (@kobayashiwaifu) August 22, 2018
The show would be finished in late 2019. Show creator Raye Rodriguez announced the show wrapped production back in November 2019 while also announced she had her last day at Crunchyroll at the beginning of November 2019.
Rodriguez wrote on Twitter, “Now it’s just a matter of time when Hime-Sama wills it to be released into the wild.”
Soooooooo… it was my last day at Crunchyroll a week and a half ago! High Guardian Spice has wrapped, now it’s just a matter of when Hime-Sama wills it to be released into the wild. I animated a bouncy Rosemary in my now copious amounts of freetime to celebrate ✌️😊 pic.twitter.com/09WwqPZkcX
— ⭐️Raye Rodriguez🌙 (@dinoraye) November 7, 2019
While Crunchyroll detailed the show will be part of their Crunchyroll Originals slate, they did not provide a specific release date. They did give us an official description:
“In this Crunchyroll Studios production created by Raye Rodriguez, four fierce girls train to become great heroes at High Guardian Academy, where they form allegiances, uncover betrayals, and discover their true identities, while preparing to protect the world from an ominous unknown threat. Coming soon on Crunchyroll.”
Are you interested in checking out High Guardian Spice?