Full Steam Ahead: Crunchyroll and Gonzo Rolls On Strong

Jan 7th 2009

Online Anime Leader Expands Catalog with Four Quality Titles from Gonzo

San Francisco, California (January 7, 2009) – GDH K.K. (Gonzo) continues its commitment to online distribution in the US market, announcing the addition of several all-time favorite classic Gonzo titles available via streaming on www.crunchyroll.com today (January 7, 2009). In addition to free streaming on Crunchyroll, fans will have the option of downloading-to-own and a subscription video-on-demand service. More information can be found at the company's website at www.crunchyroll.com.

The titles that are launching on Crunchyroll, available to North American users, include CHRNO CRUSADE, KALEIDO STAR, LAST EXILE, and PEACEMAKER KUROGANE.

“We are having great success with GDH in creating a online channel for Gonzo's work and we're delighted to be able to bring some great classics to Crunchyroll,” states Kun Gao, CEO of Crunchyroll. “We are continuing the growth of the largest, legitimate online catalog so fans have as many title options and with as many anime genres for them to enjoy.”

“We are honored to be able to distribute more GONZO titles through Crunchyroll and to its many users all over the world. GDH plans to continue to strengthen its partnership with Crunchyroll, and to meet the demands of anime fans of the world”, said Tetsuo Karasawa, CEO of GDH.

Title Synopses:

CHRNO CRUSADE
In the 1920's, a gun-toting nun named Sister Rosette Christopher and a boy demon named Chrono are New York's first line of defense against the spirits and devils that haunt the city's streets. As part of an elite convent designed to battle demons, they stalk the streets on their dark mission – kill the demons, one ugly beast at a time!
© 2003 Gospel

KALEIDO STAR
High flying circus action on the Kaleido Stage - a thrilling show combining circus and magic acts. Watch Sora, a young girl, follow her extraordinary dream to become the top circus performer - the KALEIDO STAR. Created and directed by Junichi Sato, creator of SAILOR MOON and DOREMI.
© Junichi SatoHALGDH/Kaleido Stage

LAST EXILE
In this richly romantic/action adventure fantasy, a young duo unravel an aerial epic. Their adventures lead them into magnificent battles as they struggle to unlock the mysteries that grip their planet in eternal conflict. Behold this stunning display of GONZO's boldest 2D/3D series to date! Directed by Koichi Chigira (Blue Submarine No. 6, Full Metal Panic!) and character design by Rrange Murata (Blue Submarine No. 6, Sega Saturn Wachenroeder)
© 2003 GONZO/Victor EntertainmentGDH

PEACEMAKER KUROGANE
A young boy named Tetsu joins an exclusive samurai force to learn the skills he needs to avenge his father's death. With fierce enthusiasm, he trains his sword skills and grows-up fast in a dark world of conspiracy and death. Along the way, he meets friends and rivals, but nothing deflects his vengeful focus! Tetsu will stop at nothing until his father's murderer is found and killed by his own hand!
© 2003 Nanae ChronoMag Garden/Shinsengumi-Tonsyo

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., 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 five 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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