Crunchyroll to Particpate in Global Shinkai Day

Feb 17th 2010

Online Anime Distribution Leader and Fans to Celebrate the Work of Acclaimed Anime Director Makoto Shinkai on March 5, 2010

San Francisco, California and Tokyo, Japan (February 17, 2009) ­ Hailed as the "Next Miyazaki" by The Japan Times, Crunchyroll and CoMix Wave Films celebrates Global Shinkai Day and will honor the works of director and creator extraordinaire Makoto Shinkai beginning Saturday, March 5, 2010 at 5:00 pm (PST) and ending on Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 5:00 pm (PST). More information can be found at the company's website at http://www.crunchyroll.com/?src=GSD2010

Crunchyroll is honoring the celebrated work of the famed creator and director with 48 hours of Shinkai's most celebrated works (5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND, VOICES OF A DISTANT STAR and THE PLACE PROMISED IN OUR EARLY DAYS) to all Crunchyroll members, of selected global territories, for free and at up to 480p.

"We are very happy to see how the world has embraced Mr. Shinkai's work," states Mr. Kazuki Sunami of CoMix Wave Films, "anime is a wonderful art form and CoMix Wave Films is very proud to work with Crunchyroll in bringing Mr. Shinkai's vision to the world. We hope everyone enjoys it."

Shinkai's work debuted at many high profile film festivals such as the Ottawa International Animation Festival and has won countless awards such as the animation grand prize at Italy's Future Film Fest in 2008 for 5 Centimeters per Second.

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.

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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