Crunchyroll and Pony Canyon Enter the Dohyo and Throw Down ‘Sumo Style’ with the Simulcast of Flash Animation Title Naked Wolves

Sep 28th 2009

Flash Anime Hit shoves its way onto Crunchyroll Starting September 28th

San Francisco, CA and Tokyo, Japan (September 28, 2009) — Crunchyroll and Pony Canyon announced today the addition of NAKED WOLVES to Crunchyroll's Fall 2009 Anime Lineup. NAKED WOLVES is a series of flash animated shorts that chronicles the journey of a sumo wrestler as he searches the globe for 48 secret sumo techniques so that one day he can defeat his childhood friend and rival for the title of Yokozuna. More information can be found at http://www.Crunchyroll.com/library/Naked_Wolves.

“NAKED WOLVES adds depth and variety to our Fall 2009 Anime Lineup,” states Vince Shortino, President of Crunchyroll's Tokyo office, “not only does the program highlight both Japanese and world culture in an extremely entertaining manner, but the lively and comedic story lines will just plain crack anyone up.”

“In looking for the kind of global exposure that NAKED WOLVES so delightfully invites, we sought none other than the most popular anime community in the world. … Crunchyroll,” said Hideyuki Saida, Deputy General Manager at Pony Canyon. “We hope that with its truly global audience, the show will be a success of sumo proportions.”

NAKED WOLVES will be available worldwide (outside of Japan) in standard definition free of charge to all visitors of Crunchyroll's website and across the Crunchyroll network one week after streaming on Fuji TV On Demand. Crunchyroll's Anime Members will receive early access to the program in DVD quality 480P within one hour of it becoming available on Fuji TV On Demand, starting September 28th.

Title Synopsis:

NAKED WOLVES
“I'm gonna be a sumo wrestler as grand as Mt. Fuji~!” In the comedic adventures of NAKED WOLVES, the central character, a sumo wrestler named Mikoshiarashi, travels around the world acquiring top-secret sumo techniques and making friends with other strong wrestlers, all on his road to becoming an invincible “YOKOZUNA” – The Grand Sumo Champion. Howl on, Naked Wolves!

About Pony Canyon Inc.
Established in 1966 as a record company and started video software business since 1970s. Pony Canyon Inc. has been playing a leading role in the Fujisankei Communications Group - the group Fuji Media Holdings Inc. Incorporated in 1957 and Pony Canyon Inc. is one of subsidiaries categorized as Video & Music Group. Currently, the company dedicates itself to the development and nurture of various types of music & visual entertainment software including production, manufacture and sales of diverse packaged software in addition to digital distribution services both for mobiles and Internet online. More information can be found at its Japanese website http://www.ponycanyon.co.jp or its English website http://www.ponycanyon.co.jp/Intl/.

About Crunchyroll
Crunchyroll is the largest online community and video site for the very best in Japanese Anime and Dramas from Asia. Crunchyroll's content is provided by Asian media leaders including TV TOKYO, Shueisha, d-rights, Fuji Creative Corporation (FCC), Media International Corporation (MICO), Pony Canyon, Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, Toei Animation, Gonzo, Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation America and many others.

Crunchyroll was founded in June 2006 and has offices in both San Francisco and Tokyo. Crunchyroll is a pioneer and innovator within 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. More information can be found at its website http://www.Crunchyroll.com .

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