Crunchyroll and Shueisha Open The Book of Bantorra

Oct 1st 2009

Adaptation of Shueisha's Fantasy Light Novel Series Coming to Crunchyroll Starting October 2nd

San Francisco, CA and Tokyo, Japan (October 1, 2009) — Crunchyroll and Shueisha announced today the addition of THE BOOK OF BANTORRA to Crunchyroll's Fall 2009 Anime Lineup. Adapted from the SUPER DASH Bunko light novel series by Ishio Yamagata and animated by David Production, THE BOOK OF BANTORRA features fan-favorite anime voice actress Romi Paku in the lead role as Hamutz Meseta. More information can be found at http://www.Crunchyroll.com/bantorra.

THE BOOK OF BANTORRA is packed full of action,” said Rob Pereyda, Crunchyroll's Vice President of Licensing. “This fantasy otherworld will be one that anime fans everywhere will be talking about for a long time to come.”

THE BOOK OF BANTORRA will be available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Brazil, and Portugal, in standard definition free of charge to all visitors of Crunchyroll's website and across the Crunchyroll network one week after airing in Japan. Crunchyroll's Anime Members will receive early access to the program in 480P within one hour after its Japanese airing, starting October 2nd.

THE BOOK OF BANTORRA joins over 20 other titles to form Crunchyroll's Fall 2009 Anime Lineup. Find out what else will be simulcasting at http://www.Crunchyroll.com/lineup today.

All fans can enjoy all content on the site for free, but Crunchyroll Anime Members benefits include higher quality streams of all shows (in some cases at 720p High Definition Video) with no advertisement and early access to all simulcast shows as early as one (1) hour after its Japan Broadcast. Crunchyroll Anime Membership costs as little as $5 a month and goes directly towards supporting Japan Animation companies. More information, including a two week free trial membership can be found at http://www.Crunchyroll.com/freetrial.

Title Synopsis:

THE BOOK OF BANTORRA

In a world where the dead are transformed into books…

When a person dies, the body is divested of the soul, and when the soul departs from its body, it is crystallized into a book. Written in that book are all the memories of that soul's life. For anyone who touches that book, the dead person's past can be relived….

It is in the Library of Bantorra, created by Bantorra, the God of the Past, that all excavated books are stored. It is run by an elite organization known as the Armed Librarians. Under the direction of Acting Chief Librarian Hamutz Meseta, all Armed Librarians possess an extraordinary combination of encyclopedic knowledge and fighting skill. For this reason, it is said, the Armed Librarians are the most difficult profession to enter in the world.

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