Naruto Shippuden and Gintama Arrives on Crunchyroll Today

Jan 8th 2009

Online Anime Distribution Leader Makes History With Simulcast of Two of the Most Popular Anime Titles of All Time One Hour After Japanese Television Broadcast Debut

San Francisco, California and Tokyo, Japan (January 8, 2009) – Crunchyroll, the world's largest anime-focused content and social networking service, takes a huge and bold step in making a decisive transition from a platform for user-uploaded content to a platform of professionally-produced content with the historic launch of NARUTO SHIPPUDEN and GINTAMA one hour after its Japanese television broadcast debut today. More information can be found at the company's website at www.Crunchyroll.com/naruto and www.Crunchyroll.com/Gintama.

The first program to launch today will be NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, the most popular anime title by the trio of producers and Japanese Anime industry leaders: TV TOKYO Corporation (“TV TOKYO”), Shueisha, Inc. (“Shueisha”) and Pierrot Co., Ltd. (“Pierrot”) (collectively producers of many of the most popular anime titles of all time). Crunchyroll will be offering episodes of the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN series, as well as a lineup of other blockbuster anime titles, as a “simulcast” for the first time immediately following it's broadcast in Japan. Crunchyroll's online community of over five (5) million users will be able to access the content in both subscription streaming and advertising-supported services.

“We are extremely excited and pleased to be bringing the long awaited NARUTO SHIPPUDEN title to the Crunchyroll community”, states Kun Gao, CEO of Crunchyroll. “It is definitely an exciting time to be an anime fan. As this simulcast launch definitely shows that the industry is aware of technology and is taking positive steps towards the future. ”

Crunchyroll Anime Member benefits include higher quality streams of all shows (in some cases at 720p High Definition Video) with no advertisement and early access to simulcast shows such as NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, GINTAMA, NATSUME YUJINCHO, SKIP BEAT, SHUGO CHARA!, WEB GHOSTS PIPOPA, LINEBARRELS OF IRON, THE TOWER OF DRUAGA – THE SWORD OF URUK - and additional titles as early as one (1) hour after its Japan Broadcast.

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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