Crunchyroll and Happinet Announce Release of Extreme Sci-Fi Action Space Opera Epic Series Cobra The Animation

Dec 18th 2009

Action-Packed Adaptation of Buichi Terasawa's Legendary Manga Series Coming to Crunchyroll Starting December 18th

San Francisco, CA and Tokyo, Japan (December 18, 2009) — Crunchyroll and Happinet Corporation announced today the addition of COBRA THE ANIMATION to Crunchyroll's January 2010 Anime Lineup. Adapted from the universally-acclaimed manga series created by Buichi Terasawa and animated by Magic Bus, COBRA THE ANIMATION features and all-star cast of Japanese voice-acting legends. Crunchyroll will start streaming COBRA THE ANIMATION: THE PSYCHOGUN today, followed soon after by COBRA THE ANIMATION: TIME DRIVE, leading up to the January 2nd premiere of the brand-new 13-episode TV series, COBRA THE ANIMATION. More information can be found at http://www.Crunchyroll.com/cobra.

“COBRA is very special to us,” said Rob Pereyda, Crunchyroll's Vice President of Licensing. “It represents a kind of science fiction that science fiction fans love to watch, both a purity and extremity that create a fun-filled viewing experience. We have no doubt that both anime and science fiction fans will be delighted with COBRA.”

“We are excited about the exposure that Crunchyroll will bring to COBRA,” said Mariko Kusuhara, COBRA's Producer at Happinet Corporation. “We hope that this will give COBRA a chance to blast off all around the globe .”

COBRA THE ANIMATION will be available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, 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 with the premiere of COBRA THE ANIMATION in January.

COBRA THE ANIMATION joins hundreds of other Japanese anime and Chinese and Korean live-action drama series in one of the largest English-subtitled streaming collections of officially-licensed East Asian content in the world.

Title Synopsis:

COBRA THE ANIMATION: THE PSYCHOGUN

There is an man, impervious to pain, and his left arm has been replaced with a the Psychogun.

His name is Cobra.

He is a pirate alone on his own, pursued by the Pirate Guild, with a bounty larger than no other in the universe placed on his head by the Galactic Patrol, and he has disappeared for three years.

Rumored to be dead, Cobra has changed his face and has been living a peaceful life.

But then, one day he is told this tranquility will no longer last. Along with Lady, his beautiful cybernetic companion of Martian origin, they blast off into space in the Turtle, Cobra's favorite ship, looking for endless adventure.

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