Aniplex Launches Official Kannagi Website

May 27th 2009
For Immediate Release May 27, 2009

ANIPLEX LAUNCHES “nagisamafanclub.com”,
AN OFFICIAL “KANNAGI –CRAZY SHRINE MAIDENS” SERIES WEBSITE

Aniplex announced today that it has launched “nagisamafanclub.com” in the USA as an official website of the series “Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens-.” The Japanese version of the official fan club website, “nagisama-fc.com,” has amassed 2,000 fan club members to date. The show and Nagi-sama (Lady Nagi) have been so popular that Aniplex decided to launch an English version of the website that will feature numerous updates in the coming weeks including the opportunity to sign up for an EXCLUSIVE MEMBERSHIP CARD which will entitle members to special benefits.

ABOUT “KANNAGI –CRAZY SHRINE MAIDEN-“
Based on the hit manga by ERI TAKENASHI (published by Ichijinsha), “Kannagi” was made into a 13-episode animated series. The show was directed by YUTAKA YAMAMOTO (“Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya,” “Lucky Star”) and written by HIDEYUKI KURATA (“R.O.D -The TV-,” “Kamichu!,” “GUNxSWORD”) and created by A-1 Pictures (“Valkyria Chronicles,” “Kuroshitsuji,” “Persona”). The Opening theme “motto ☆ Hade ni ne!” is sung by Nagi's voice actor, Haruka Tomatsu, and has already inspired a legion of fan imitators who dance to the opening song on the internet and at conventions.


The goddess Nagi has arrived and wants you to worship her!

Nagi is the local deity spirit of the town of Kannagi and she was able to take a physical form when Jin Mikuriya carved a wooden statue of her out of a block of wood from the sacred tree of his family shrine. Nagi's mission is to cleanse the impurities that plague the land, but since her sacred tree has been cut down, she can only do this with Jin's help.
While pursuing an impurity, Nagi is reunited with her sister, Zange, who happens to have converted to Catholicism. Zange's power is greater than Nagi's due to her scared tree still being intact and becoming a local celebrity listening to confessions on the street at night. The only way for Nagi to regain her power is to gather her own followers and gain popularity.
Will you become one of Nagi's worshippers?


About ANIPLEX Inc.
ANIPLEX Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan) is a leading provider of anime content and music production and distribution in Japan. Established as Sony Pictures Entertainment Visual Works Inc. in 1995, as a joint-venture between Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., it became ANIPLEX, Inc. in 2003 after the company became a subsidiary completely owned by Sony Music Entertainment Japan. ANIPLEX Inc. has introduced a variety of properties including such hits as “Gurren Lagann,” “Fullmetal Alchemist,” “Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X),” “R.O.D –THE TV-,” “Blood+,” all of which are licensed and distributed worldwide. The company launched Aniplex of America in Los Angeles, CA in 2004 to handle licensing and co-production business in North and Latin America. In 2005, the company established A-1 Pictures, currently the largest and most technically advanced animation studio in Japan.

© ERI TAKENASHI/Ichijinsha, Aniplex

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