Shochiku's Endearing Anime Sketchbook to Stream Crunchyroll

Sep 17th 2009

The Number One Online Destination for Anime and Asian Entertainment with Japan's Leading Movie Studio Brings a Poignant Story to Fans Worldwide

San Francisco, CA (August 17, 2009) — Japan's leading movie studio Shochiku brings the delightful and poignant anime SKETCHBOOK to Crunchyroll anime members and fans in North America starting September 17th at 6pm PDT. More information can be found at www.Crunchyroll.com .

SKETCHBOOK was originally created by Totan Kobako and is directed by Yoshimasa Hiraike, written by Mari Okada with character designs by Isao Sugimoto,. SKETCHBOOK is a tale of rediscovering beauty in the rustic and one young girl's desire to seize the moments of life through her sketches.

This title will be available to all Crunchyroll fans and members residing in the U.S., American Samoa, U.S. Minor Outlying Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands, and Canada.

Title Synopsis:

SKETCHBOOK
A high school girl, Sora Kajiwara, joins the art club. Sora carries around a sketchbook to wherever she goes, in order to capture cherished moments. She asks herself, "If I really wanted to remember the moments in everyday life, and to seize every moment of all the events that happen, why not use a camera or video camera?" However, it just isn't the same. What's not shot, what's not spoken, what's not heard, but what is left in her drawings; which flourishes and blooms inside her heart.

Those who are a bit tired of the busy everyday life will enjoy rediscovering the beauty of ordinary things such as animals, plants, and the changing colors and scenery of the sky.

About Shochiku
Founded in 1895, Shochiku has established itself as a leading entertainment firm. Shochiku produces, distributes, and exhibits motion pictures as well as TV programs and has also become a symbol of enduring tradition as the exclusive promoter of kabuki theater in Japan. Recent movie productions include "Departures", which was awarded for 81st Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film. Shochiku's animation lineup includes "VEXILLE", "Summer Days with Coo", "Sketchbook", "Le Chevalier D'Eon", "Sengoku Basara" and more.

About Crunchyroll

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Crunchyroll was founded in June 2006 and has offices in San Francisco and Tokyo. Crunchyroll is a pioneer and innovator in the Japanese anime industry and the only video service in the world to offer hit programs like NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, GINTAMA and many others online to its subscribers within one hour of its Japanese broadcast. Crunchyroll is a member of the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) and the Licensing International Merchandisers Association (LIMA) and is funded by leading venture capital firm, Venrock.

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