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Valerian And Laureline Blasts Off Today on CrunchyrollSep 24th 2010
East and West anime influences merge with the release of TIME JAM: VALERIAN AND LAURELINE on Crunchyroll
San Francisco, Calif. (September 24, 2010) – The French-Japanese fusion anime TIME JAM: VALERIAN AND LAURELINE in conjunction with Satelight, a Japanese animation studio known for its production of Macross series, and Genesis of Aquarion is set to launch on Crunchyroll today at noon PDT for the American audience. All premium anime and all-access members will have access to all 40 episodes immediately, while only the first five (5) episodes will be available to free users now with the subsequent five (5) episodes rolling out henceforth. More information can be found on http://www.crunchyroll.com/valerian.
The story is based on a well know Sci-Fi graphic novel written by the renowned French graphic novel artists, Jean-Claude Mezieres and Pierre Christin. They are also known for their set design in the film The Fifth Element.
VALERIAN AND LAURELINE, as a graphic novel, has entertained a wide age group for over 35 years since its inception in 1967. Finally in 2007 its unique futuristic vision was opened up to the world as an original animation series! VALERIAN AND LAURELINE has long influenced Hollywood's Sci-Fi genre, as its graphic novel and art books has often been found in the offices of the most well-known Hollywood directors.
Episodes can be accessed from Crunchyroll.com, tv.com, the free iPad and iPhone application, the Boxee application and affiliate partners.
Crunchyroll premium members will have access to the largest anime and drama selection, same-day access for simulcasted titles, no advertisements and can be viewed in 480p-to-720p quality on selected titles. More information about the Crunchyroll membership plan can be found at: http://www.crunchyroll.com/freetrial/
About Crunchyroll, Inc.
Crunchyroll is a leading global video network and developer of social media applications for Japanese anime and Asian media. Through applications like Crunchyroll for iPad and Naruto Shippūden Official, set top boxes, affiliate websites and its own site, Crunchyroll delivers officially-licensed content from leading Asian media producers directly to consumers.
Crunchyroll has offices in San Francisco, Calif. and Tokyo, Japan, and is a member of the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) and Licensing International Merchandisers' Association (LIMA). Founded in 2006, Crunchyroll is funded by leading venture capital firm, Venrock, Japanese entertainment giant TV TOKYO, digital publishing leader Bitway and a group of angel investors representing some of the brightest and most successful entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. More information can be found at http://www.Crunchyroll.com.
About Satelight Inc.
Satelight is an animation production studio in Tokyo. Since the establishment of 1995, we've been creating high quality animations utilizes high-end CG techniques. Our mission is to create unique, quality movies with the originality. With a notable animation director, creator and mecha designer; Shoji Kawamori with us on board; we create his animations including his latest series, Macross Frontier (won the best TV animation of the year 2009 at Tokyo Anime Fair), Genesis of Aquarion and so on. Other animation includes Heat Guy J (aired on MTV in US), Hellsing (aired on Encore/Starz in US), “Noein”, “Earth Girl Arjuna” and so on. www.satelight.co.jp/english/