All Aboard for Bishonen! Crunchyroll and Aniplex Announce Miracle Train-Welcome to the Oedo Line-

Oct 2nd 2009

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San Francisco, CA and Tokyo, Japan (October 2, 2009) — Crunchyroll and Aniplex announced today the addition of MIRACLE TRAIN-Welcome to the Oedo Line- to Crunchyroll's Fall 2009 Anime Lineup. Created by the “Miracle Train Committee” under the direction of Aniplex, MIRACLE TRAIN-Welcome to the Oedo Line- is animated by Yumeta Company, the same studio as the bishonen blockbuster LA CORDA D'ORO anime adaptation. MIRACLE TRAIN-Welcome to the Oedo Line- features voice actor superstars KENN, Tomokazu Sugita, Ryotaro Okiayu, Daisuke Ono, Yuki Kaji, and Masakazu Morita in the lead roles. More information can be found at http://www.Crunchyroll.com/miracletrain.

MIRACLE TRAIN-Welcome to the Oedo Line- 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.

“MIRACLE TRAIN-Welcome to the Oedo Line- is all about the bishonen,” said Rob Pereyda, Crunchyroll's Vice President of Licensing. “The Japanese motif of the 'beautiful young man' is a powerful, growingly popular movement in anime fandom overseas, and will attract a strong audience .”

Crunchyroll has been exciting for us,” said Hideki Goto, Executive Vice President at Aniplex. “It has been the perfect medium for us to reach fans of this kind of core genre title, and we look forward to continued success.”

MIRACLE TRAIN-Welcome to the Oedo Line- will be available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and the United Arab Emirates 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 4th.

MIRACLE TRAIN-Welcome to the Oedo Line- 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:

MIRACLE TRAIN-Welcome to the Oedo Line-
There is an urban legend in Japan about an underground subway line that moves without limitations. The rumor is only gorgeous men ride a train that is known as the Miracle Train. And if you were to happen upon this line, you would undoubtedly fall into a complete state of happiness. Being touched by a ray of light, granting her access to enter into the Oedo Line platform, where the Miracle Train runs. As the doors open up, the space inside is very different, as six handsome men await you inside. This is the legend of the Miracle Train and they are all personifications of Oedo Line stations! But how do you get on this Miracle Train? According to the conductor, the leader of these six gentlemen and the female guide, when women have worries or insecurities, the Miracle Train will appear. With names matching the stations along the line, these fabulous gentlemen - whose bonds together are tight, despite their different personalities - will erase all of your worries and fears. Thus the name: Miracle Train. So, are you ready to believe in and ride the miracle train?

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