An Online Explosion: Crunchyroll and Organic to Stream Catblue Dynamite-“Uncut”

Sep 30th 2008
Online Media Distribution Leader to Feature the Wildly Innovative and Explosive
ROMANov HIGA 3D CG Anime Film

San Francisco, CA and Tokyo, Japan (September 30, 2008) – Calling all anime fans! Crunchyroll, and Organic Co. Ltd. proudly present open pricing of ROMANov Higa's highly acclaimed 3D CG animation title CATBLUE DYNAMITE to its online community of over 4.5 million unique users starting this evening. More information can be found at

“CATBLUE DYNAMITE is yet another groundbreaking ROMANov title, and the Crunchyroll community will not only be interactively experience the brand in our Crunchyland MMO, but our community will also be able to directly help in the continuation and development of future CATBLUE DYNAMITE anime,” states Rob Pereyda, Crunchyroll's Head of Licensing.

Organic's Deputy General Manager of Rights Media, Toshikazu Fukamori, also adds, “The virtual merchandising opportunities for CATBLUE DYNAMITE on Crunchyroll are extremely exciting for us to see. We love the fact that the Crunchyroll community is so open and welcoming for our first animation title.”

Crunchyroll members will receive free CATBLUE DYNAMITE ears for their avatars for joining the Catblue Group online. By contributing in the open pricing for this award winning anime, fans will be able to help finance future episodes of the title.

Title Synopsis:
Set in a stylized version of the 1970s, CATBLUE DYNAMITE is an action adventure about Blue (Anna Kunnecke), a principled mercenary who is half-human, half-cat and all female. When two drug couriers get mixed up in gang warfare over a mysteriously important Frank Sinatra tape they unknowingly received from their boss, Blue uses her feline attributes, her ability to shoot a gun with her tail, and her connections with the afterlife to save the day. (3DCG Animation, Action. 42 minutes)

Open Pricing – High Resolution and Ad Free Streaming
$0.01 to $1.99 - PC HD download only
$2.00 to $4.99 - PC HD download, iPod and PSP formats
$5.00 or more - PC HD download, iPod and PSP formats, free Catblue Dynamite Sword

ROMANov Higa (ロマのフ 比嘉), Director
CATBLUE DYNAMITE director, ROMANov Higa, is a young rising star and a member of the promising new generation of 3D CG animation creators in Japan. His innovative use of cell-shaded CG in anime is a hallmark of CATBLUE DYNAMITE an independent project that captures Higa's love of 1970s urban culture. He is now applying his artistry to APPLESEED: GENESIS the highly anticipated national TV animation series based on Masamune Shirow's celebrated sci-fi manga APPLESEED. Higa began his career as an animator for video games before becoming an independent filmmaker in 2001. He had joined Namco in 1999, having graduated from Japan's renowned University of Electro-Communications in Chofu City, Tokyo.

Cast and Staff

Blue Anna Kunnecke
John Doe Dominic Allen
Bill Herbert Q. Kendrick
Robert Matt Lagan
M Ruthann Morizumi

Director and Writer Romanov Higa
Executive Producers Ben Kato, Hiroaki Ikegami
Producers Hiroaki Hayashi, Masato Saie
Character Design Romanov Higa
Music ping pong musik
Background Image Art KODAMA
Background Modeling Fumikazu Sato, Hidenori
Tanaka, Kei Nakabayashi,
Kuniomi Ito
Car Chase Sequence Tetsuya Watanabe
CG Edit Romanov Higa
Character Animation Romanov Higa
Character Modeling Romanov Higa, Tact Aoki
Computer Graphics Fumikazu Sato, Hidenori
Tanaka, Kaisei Kishi, Kei
Nakabayashi, Kuniomi Ito, NAGI
(assistant), Romanov Higa, Tact
Aoki, Tetsuya Watanabe
Lighting Romanov Higa
Motion Actor Junya Iwamoto, Naoyasu Achi
(support), Tomoya Nishimura,
Wataru Koga, Yoshio Miyaki
Plop Modeling Kei Nakabayashi, Tact Aoki
Post Effect Romanov Higa
Rendering Setting NAGI
Scene Setting Romanov Higa
Sound director Kazuhiro Senda
Vehicle Modeling Kaisei Kishi, Kei Nakabayashi
Volume Effect Kei Nakabayashi

About Organic
Organic Co. Ltd. was established in 1997 and began producing high quality collectibles and action figures based on popular Japanese culture, specializing in manga and anime. Organic believes that play is an essential element of the well lived life, a philosophy it pursues by extending the audience's experience of comics, animations, characters, games, music and toys in a strategy it calls “fused play.” Most recently Organic is in development on “Catblue Dynamite” with director Romanov Higa and is in talks to expand that animated property into television, movies and other platforms. The privately held company is headquartered in Tokyo with offices in Los Angeles, France and Korea.

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

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