Crunchyroll Announces Simulcast of Soccer Action Anime Giant KillingMay 21st 2010
San Francisco, Calif. (May 21, 2010) – Crunchyroll, Inc., announced today the simulcast acquisition of GIANT KILLING, the highly anticipated soccer action anime based on the hit manga by Masaya Tsunamoto (story) and Tsujitomo (art) originally published by Kodansha. Animated by the iconic Studio DEEN, title features the directing talent of Yuu Kou and voiceover work by fan favorite Tomokazu Seki. GIANT KILLING will become available each week via Crunchyroll's premium subscription in high definition one hour after first airing in Japan on NHK and for free in standard definition with advertisements one week later. More information is on the official GIANT KILLING series page on Crunchyroll: http://www.crunchyroll.com/giantkilling.
GIANT KILLING follows the story of the down on their luck East Tokyo United (ETU) professional soccer club and their legendary former player, Takeshi Tatsumi. Having abandoned the team in Japan during his prime to make it big in Europe, ETU's prodigal son returns to try and restore his old team to its former glory. Can Takeshi overcome the odds, the competition and his own team's moral to keep this team going?
Crunchyroll VP of Licensing Rob Pereyda said: “Soccer already is the most popular sport in the world. With GIANT KILLING, we get a uniquely Japanese take on the sport in Japan's most unique medium – anime. With the quadrennial professional soccer competition coming around, we are excited to be able to simulcast this to both soccer and anime fans alike.”
Enoki Films VP of Worldwide Distribution Ricki Ames added: “Through the Crunchyroll simulcast program, we get a chance to gain some serious exposure for this title, which we are greatly looking forward to. Let's hope Crunchyroll can score a real goal with English-speaking fans.”
GIANT KILLING will be available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Australia, and New Zealand.
A live update of Crunchyroll's April 2010 lineup of simulcasts can be viewed at http://www.crunchyroll.com/lineup.
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