Crunchyroll Adds 12 ADV Films Properties
Online Media Distribution Leader Expands Its Anime Offerings
San Francisco, CA (August 9, 2008) – Online media distribution leader
Crunchyroll today announced an agreement with ADV Films, one of the top
producer-distributors of anime in North America, to provide streaming,
subscription, and download-to-own viewing for twelve animated series and
feature film properties. These new offerings will begin appearing online
later this month at www.crunchyroll.com
ADV maintains one of the largest anime catalogs outside of Japan and has played a key role in building anime's worldwide popularity over the past 16 years. Crunchyroll is the largest online community focused on Asian entertainment, serving over four million fans worldwide. Today's announcement substantially expands Crunchyroll's anime content and extends ADV's online reach dramatically.
Vu Nguyen, co-founder of Crunchyroll, said “Crunchyroll is delighted to partner with a pioneering US anime distributor to bring these great titles to our passionate online community of anime fans.”
“Consumers – particularly the 18-34 year old demo – are hungry for what we have to offer, whether it's at the video store, on cable, and increasingly over the Internet,” said ADV Films co-founder and president John Ledford. “As the largest community of its kind, Crunchyroll is the perfect platform to reach new, tech-savvy anime fans.”
Over the next twelve months, Crunchyroll will host nearly 72 hours of ADV Films content, including TV series, animated features, and live-action films. A full list is provided below.
Angelic Layer 26 episode animated series
BASToF Syndrome 26 episode animated series
Best Student Council 26 episode animated series
Chance Pop Session 13 episode animated series
Lady Death animated feature
Magical Play 22 episode animated series
Martian Successor Nadesico: Prince of Darkness animated feature
Nurse Witch Komugi 6 episode animated series
Parasite Dolls animated feature
Saiyuki 50 episode animated series
Sin animated feature
Yesterday live-action film
ADV Films is the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation (“anime”) in North America and has the largest English-language anime library in the world. With best-selling titles such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, Elfen Lied, Gantz, Robotech, Azumanga Daioh, and Hello Kitty, ADV Films' extensive catalog is fueling the popularity of anime around the globe. Parent company A. D. Vision, Inc. encompasses a variety of complementary media divisions including television, licensing and merchandising and continues to expand into new areas. Founded in 1992, the company is headquartered in Houston. For more information, visit http://www.advfilms.com.
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Crunchyroll is hailed as a leading online entertainment brand with the largest international online community and destination focused on Asian entertainment including anime, drama and music in addition to electronic entertainment and auto content. Crunchyroll's distribution channel and partnership program delivers content to over four million passionate fans worldwide. Crunchyroll is funded by the premier group Venrock. For more information check out http://www.crunchyroll.com.
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