Two Series from Aniplex to Resume Simulcast on Anime News Network

Nov 3rd 2010

togainu no chi - Bloody Curs and Oreimo to return in early November

Montreal, Canada (November 3, 2010) -- Anime News Network and Aniplex of America announced today that AnimeNewsNetwork.com will resume the exclusive online North American simulcast of the producer's new fall television series, Oreimo (Japanese title: Ore no Imōto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai) and togainu no chi - Bloody Curs. The first four episodes of Oreimo will be available on November 8, while the first four episodes of togainu no chi ~Bloody Curs~ will be available on November 10 (see below for complete schedule).

“We are extremely excited to have both of these fine shows return to Anime News Network,” says ANN CEO Christopher Macdonald. “Both shows were greatly anticipated by our reader base, and we're very happy to be able to offer them to our large audience.

Aniplex would like to thank all the fans who have waited for this project to resume,” said Hideki Goto, president of animation business of Aniplex of America. “Your comments and patience have been very encouraging and helped us relaunch the simulcast. We will keep working hard to make this project a success, and we remain committed to our partnership with ANN."

Oreimo is an adaptation of Tsukasa Fushimi's Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai comedy light novel series, which has sold over a million copies across its first 6 volumes. The story follows the daily life of an ordinary high school boy named Kyousuke Kousaka. Kyousuke's younger sister, Kirino, is a pretty fashion model — but also a secret otaku of adult games. Kyousuke is the only person to whom Kirino reveals her hidden obsession and other issues.

Oreimo is directed by Hiroyuki Kanbe (SaiKano, Basilisk, Full Metal Panic!) with scripts written by Hideyuki Kurata (Kamichu!, Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW, Read or Die). The series also features an all star cast with the voices of Ayana Taketatsu (K-ON!, Yumeiro Pâtissière, Kiss×sis) as Kirino Kousaka and Yūichi Nakamura (Arakawa Under the Bridge, Clannad, Durarara!! ) as Kyousuke Kousaka, as well as Fumihiko Tachiki (Arakawa Under the Bridge, Bleach, Evangelion 1.0), Hitomi Nabatame (Hayate the Combat Butler, SKIP BEAT, Gantz), and Satomi Satou (K-ON!, Hell Girl: Three Vessels and Fairy Tail).

Oreimo Posting Schedule:
Episodes 1-4: November 8 at 16:00 ET (13:00 PT)
Episodes 5-6: November 13 at 13:58 ET (10:58 PT)
Additional episodes every Saturday at 13:58 ET (10:58 PT)

togainu no chi - Bloody Curs is an adaptation of the hit bishonen video game from multimedia studio Nitro+CHiRAL (Sweet pool, Lamento –Beyond the void- ). A manga adaptation, which is available in English, is currently serialized in the Japanese manga anthology comic B's LOG. The story follows Akira, a post- apocalyptic street fighter who must win the bloody Igura tournament to win his freedom after he is falsely accused of a crime he did not commit.

togainu no chi - Bloody Curs is produced at A-1 Pictures (Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW, Kannagi, Black Butler), directed by Naoyuki Konno (Dance in the Vampire Bund, 009-1) with a screenplay written by Natsuko Takahashi (Antique Bakery, Hell Girl, Romeo X Juliet). The series also features an all star cast with the voices of Kousuke Toriumi (Ai no Kusabi, Black Blood Brothers, Naruto) as Akira and Tomokazu Sugita (Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Gintama, X) as Keisuke, as well as Hikaru Midorikawa (Sailor Moon R, Slayers, Fushigi Yugi), Jun Fukuyama (Durarara!!, Code Geass, Count of Monte Cristo), and Kishô Taniyama (Highschool of the Dead, Hetalia, Gurren Lagann).

togainu no chi - Bloody Curs Posting Schedule:
Episodes 1-4: November 10 at 15:30 ET (12:30 PT)
Episodes 5-6: November 17 at 13:30 ET (10:30 PT)
Additional episodes every Wednesday at 13:30 ET (10:30 PT)

Oreimo Official Japanese Website: http://www.oreimo-anime.com/
togainu no chi - Bloody Curs Official Japanese Website: http://www.togainu.tv/

About Aniplex of America Inc.
Aniplex of America Inc.. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan), a group of Sony Music Entertainment and leading provider of anime content and music production and distribution in Japan. Aniplex Inc. has introduced a variety of properties including such hits as “Gurren Lagann,” “Fullmetal Alchemist,” “Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler),” “Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X),” “R.O.D -THE TV-,” and “Blood+,” all of which are licensed and distributed worldwide. In addition to licensing business, the company launched its direct video release business, starting with Gurren Lagann the Movie – Childhood's End- and –The Lights in the Sky Are Stars- in summer 2010. The company plans to release selected titles in North America including R.O.D –THE COMPLETE- Blu-ray Box and Durarara!! DVDs.

Official Website: www.AniplexUSA.com

About Anime News Network
Anime News Network is the number 1 website worldwide for news and information about Japanese anime and manga. Anime News Network was launched in 1998 and now serves millions of readers from around the world every month. The company is also active in market research and has been streaming anime online since 2008.Anime News Network's mission is to bring the anime industry and its consumers together with the latest and best information, editorial and anime content. For more, visit http://www.AnimeNewsNetwork.com


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