HBO Max’s Opening Slate

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HBO Max launches tomorrow, May 27, with six marquee original shows, an extensive anime library from Crunchyroll (owned by Warner Media) and movies from Studio Ghibli, a renowned producer of Japanese animated films.

All told, the streamer will debut more than 10,000 hours of programming that also includes titles from the entire HBO service, the Warner Bros. catalog and The Criterion Collection.

HBO Max Originals

Craftopia – Hosted and executive produced by YouTuber Lauren Riihimaki aka LaurDIY (her YouTube channel has more than 8.9 million subscribers), this show features 9 to 15-year old kids competing to make “truly inventive and amazing creations in order to take home the ‘Craftrophia.’”

Legendary – “Voguing” teams or “houses” compete in fashion balls in pursuit of “legendary” status. The cast includes MC Dashaun Wesley and DJ MikeQ as well as celebrity judges Law Roach, Jameela Jamil, Leiomy Maldonado, and Megan Thee Stallion. Queer Eye’s David Collins, Rob Eric and Michael Williams are executive producers.

Love Life – This half-hour romantic comedy anthology series is about the journey from first to last love. Each season will follow a different protagonist’s quest for love, with each episode telling the story of one of their relationships. Anna Kendrick, who is a co-executive producer, stars in the premiere season, along with Zoë Chao, Peter Vack, Sasha Compere and Lesley Manville.

Looney Tunes Cartoons – This series starring the classic Looney Tunes characters promises to capture “the high production value and process of the original Looney Tunes theatrical shorts.” There will be 80 eleven-minute episodes, as well as holiday-themed specials. 

The Not Too Late Show with Elmo – The popular Sesame Street character will welcome Cookie Monster and celebrity guests including talk-show rivals Jimmy Fallon and John Oliver, comedian John Mullaney, author Kwame Alexander, actress Blake Lively, Lil Nas X and The Jonas Brothers. It is produced by Sesame Workshop.

On the Record – This documentary tells the story of music executive Drew Dixon, who became one of the first women of color to publicly accuse hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons of sexual assault. The film also presents several other accusers, including Sil Lai Abrams and Sheri Sher, illustrating the ways in which women of color are often pressured to keep quiet when they allege sexual assault.

Crunchyroll Anime

HBO Max will also debut 17 series and offer access to other shows from Crunchyroll’s 1000+ title catalog.

Crunchyroll on HBO Max
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Tuesday’s debuts include:

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (all 64 episodes)

Re: ZERO – Starting Life in Another World – season one (director’s cut, with 14 episodes)

In/Spectre – season one (12 episodes)

Keep Your Hands off Eizouken – season one (12 episodes)

Rurouni Kenshin (all 94 episodes)

Konosuba:  God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! – seasons one and two (22 episodes)

Bungo Stray Dogs – seasons one to three (37 episodes)

Berserk – seasons one and two (26 episodes)

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress – season one (12 episodes)

Kill la Kill – season one (24 episodes)

Your Lie in April – season one (22 episodes)

Erased – season one (12 episodes)

Kiznaiver – season one (12 episodes)

Schwarzes Marken – season one (12 episodes)

91 Days – season one (13 episodes)

The Testament of Sister New Devil – seasons one and two (22 episodes)

Rokka -Braves of the Six Flowers – season one (12 episodes)

Studio Ghibli Films

Studio Ghibli on HBO Max
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HBO Max will also debut the following animated films from Studio Ghibli’s catalog:

Castle in the Sky

The Cat Returns

From Up on Poppy Hill

Howl’s Moving Castle

Kiki’s Delivery Service

My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbors the Yamadas

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Ocean Waves

Only Yesterday

Pom Poko


Porco Rosso

Princess Mononoke

The Secret World of Arrietty

Spirited Away

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya

Tales from Earthsea

When Marnie Was There

Whisper of the Heart

The Wind Rises

How much is HBO Max?

HBO Max costs $14.99 a month, although according to the website’s fine print, an introductory $11.99/month price is available to a limited number of customers until tomorrow, May 27. 

About Larry Greenberg

A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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