Crunchyroll Licenses Multiple Gonzo Anime Titles

Aug 9th 2008

Online Media Distribution Leader to Stream and Provide Download-To-Own Option

San Francisco, CA (August 9, 2008) — Seeking to “Feed the Need”? Online media distribution leader, Crunchyroll, has acquired the digital-only-rights to distribute multiple GDH K.K. titles including KALEIDO STAR, PEACEMAKER, and other GDH titles beginning at the end of August 2008 via online streaming with a download-to-own option. More information can be found at www.Crunchyroll.com .

Shin Ishikawa, CEO of GDH K.K. states “GDH is very excited to make its properties available digitally on Crunchyroll. Crunchyroll has the largest anime community and is an excellent way for GDH to reach its fans directly.”

Kun Gao, CEO of Crunchyroll adds, “Working with GDH in providing many hours of anime content is definitely a pleasure and will benefit all fans of online anime. These are definitely exciting times for the anime industry.”

Crunchyroll will provide free online streaming of GDH K.K. titles and provide download-to-own for a small fee ($2-$3.00 U.S. depending upon platform).

Title Synopses:

KALEIDO STAR
Sora Naegino is an ordinary girl in every way except that she has a big dream. She loves the Kaleido Stage - an extravagant circus show that's comparable to lavish Broadway entertainment. Her dream is to become the top star of the Kaleido Stage known as the Kaleido Star. Sora's life takes a dramatic turn when the owner of Kaleido Stage recognizes her potential and lets her join the troupe full of beautiful and unique performers.

Brace yourself as Sora plunges into the dazzling world of Show Biz. Sora's single-minded pursuit of her dream comes alive not only with acrobatic stunts and showy costumes but also with romance, rivalry and friendship.

PEACEMAKER KUROGANE
Welcome to the days of ancient Edo-period Japan – a time of social chaos and constant sword battle. PEACEMAKER KUROGANE follows the life of a young kid named 'TETSU,' as he is driven to join the SHINSENGUMI – a sort of samurai S.W.A.T. force – in search of power to avenge his father's murder. TETSU dreams of learning their renowned fighting prowess in order to be strong enough one day to face the shadowy figure who cut down his father. But along the way, he faces the complexities of the SHINSENGUMI; he rarely obeys the protective advice of his older brother 'TATSU,' and learns that perhaps his destiny is as his father once told him: to be the PEACEMAKER!

It's a world of war that desperately needs peace. And to achieve peace, a Peace Maker is needed...

About GDH K.K. GDH is a globally-focused Japanese media company founded in February 2000. The group produces cutting edge entertainment for teens and young adults through its GONZO animation brand. Kids and family product is distributed through the GONZO FILMS and GONZINO brands. GDH is a world leader in content development targeting both domestic and international audiences with Japan's trend-setting animation culture and, usually, GDH controls licensing management and international distribution for the content it produces. For additional information, visit www.G.D.H.co.jp/english (for GDH) and www.gonzo.co.jp (for GONZO - Japanese only). GDH group companies include GONZO Rosso K.K., GONZO K.K., Future Vision Music K.K., GONZINO K.K., GDH Capital K.K. and GK Entertainment K.K.

About Crunchyroll
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, 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 premiere group Venrock. More information can be found at its website http://www.Crunchyroll.com.

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