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FEATURE: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month With Crunchyroll Staff!

Samurai Champloo


National Hispanic Heritage Month begins each year on September 15 and ends on October 15. This year we took the opportunity to celebrate some members of our staff! We asked them to share what this month means to them and what anime means the most to them.


Anibal Nunez: Head of Creative Services


Anibal Nunez


What anime means the most to you?

The anime that means the most to me is Samurai Champloo since It has so many elements that appeal to my sensibilities: a hero’s quest with an eclectic mix of personalities, motivations, humor, action, and poignancy. All with hip-hop music and stylistic influences thrown in! 

What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you?


To me, Hispanic Heritage Month means that we, as a people, are headed in the right direction! A celebration of “Hispanics” — a rich and diverse population — makes me hopeful that collectively we, as Americans, are moving toward an epoch where our shared racial and cultural heritages can be celebrated in the same inclusive fashion. 


Aldair Maldonado: HRIS Analyst


Aldair Maldonado


What anime means the most to you? 


Dragon Ball Z. I was introduced to the show around the mid to late 90s. At the time, before my older brother immigrated from El Salvador, he used to watch it in his hometown and had always talked to me about how amazing the Saiyan and Frieza Saga were. What captivated me the most was the transformations he would describe and how the villains and heroes would get stronger. It would give me chills just listening to his episode recaps.

What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you? 


Hispanic Heritage Month means to me a chance to reflect on the achievements and culture of Hispanics all across the world. From activist leaders like Cesar Chavez to impactful artists now like Bad Bunny, there is a large spectrum of many Hispanic figures and they all deserve to be celebrated and recognized for their achievements.


Bianca Doria: Director of Public Relations 


Bianca Doria


What anime means the most to you?


What a difficult question! Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z, and Outlaw Star were staples for me growing up so they will always have a special place in my heart. That said, manga was my first love. I lived for new chapters of Naruto and Nana, just to name a few.

What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you?


For me, my Hispanic heritage represents hard work, commitment to loved ones, and resilience. This month represents a collective celebration of all the things that make Latinos/the Hispanic community so beautiful

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