Kurokami the Animation Near-Simultaneous Streaming on Crunchyroll

May 21st 2009

Smash-hit anime to appear on Crunchyroll one week after simultaneous broadcasts in Japan, Korea, U.S.

San Francisco, CA (May 20, 2009) —Crunchyroll announced today that it is partnering with Bandai Channel to bring the blockbuster KUROKAMI THE ANIMATION to Crunchyroll for near-simultaneous release one week after simultaneous broadcasts in Japan, Korea, and the United States. Based on the hit manga by Young Lim Dall and Park Sung Woo with original manga published by Square Enix in Japan, the first eighteen (18) episodes of KUROKAMI THE ANIMATION will begin streaming on Crunchyroll starting today, and subsequent episodes will be available every Wednesday. More information can be found at www.Crunchyroll.com/kurokami.

KUROKAMI THE ANIMATION is one of the hottest anime airing in Japan right now,” states Kun Gao, CEO of Crunchyroll. “We are very excited to bring this hit show to our fans on Crunchyroll.”

Bandai Entertainment, INC., Ken Iyadomi, states, "Leading up to the release of the first volume of KUROKAMI THE ANIMATION on DVD later this year, we knew this show needed a lot of buzz. That is why we chose Crunchyroll as one of the official places for fans to enjoy the show.”

KUROKAMI THE ANIMATION will be available to viewers in the United States and Canada. Episode 1-18 will be available at 6:00PM PST (Pacific Standard Time) in a brand-new English dub, and further episodes thereafter will be available one week after their original broadcasts internationally (Wednesdays at 6:00PM PST). The show will be available for free to all Crunchyroll visitors in these territories, with advertisements, while Crunchyroll Anime Members can enjoy up to 480p high definition streams. More information about the Crunchyroll anime membership can be found at www.Crunchyroll.com/anime_membership.

Title Synopsis:

KUROKAMI THE ANIMATION

Kurokami The Animation is based on the manga by the same name from Korean creative team consisting of writer Young Lim Dall and artist Park Sung Woo (the manga has been released in the U.S. by Yen Press under the title Black God). The anime is directed by Tsuneo Kobayashi (director of The Twelve Kingdoms) with series story composition by Reiko Yoshida, and character designs and animation direction by Hiroyuki Nishimura (Fatal Fury, Full Metal Alchemist the movies).

The official website can be found at http://kurokami.bandai-ent.com .

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