World's First Japanese Drama Simulcast to Stream on Crunchyroll

Dec 23rd 2011
The leader in streaming Asian content to become the first to launch a Japanese drama simulcast with Secret Agent Erika

San Francisco, Calif. (December 22, 2011)Crunchyroll, in partnership with Yomiuri TV, is set to launch the first ever simulcast of Japanese live action content. The spy-thriller series: SECRET AGENT ERIKA will be streamed online immediately following Japan TV broadcast. Its heroine, played by Kuriyama Chiaki from such notable films as KILL BILL and BATTLE ROYALE, prepares to explode onto Crunchyroll this Thursday at 8:30 am PST for its viewers. More information can be found on www.crunchyroll.com/erika.

SECRET AGENT ERIKA will be available in the following territories: U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Netherlands, Brazil, and Portugal.

Crunchyroll's senior brand manager Keith Kawamura said, “Crunchyroll revolutionized the way people watch anime in 2009 with the world's very first legal anime simulcast and now we are preparing to do the same with Japanese dramas. It's a very exciting moment to be standing on the front lines of the changing landscape of entertainment distribution and help globalize Asian content to the world.”

“Erika Takahashi is a former secret agent for Japan's Cabinet Information Investigation Department. Even though she is retired and happily married, no secrets ever stay secret for long. After a request from the highest level, Erika secret life emerges, secret even from her husband…”

Episodes can be accessed from www.crunchyroll.com, the free iPad and iPhone application, the Android application, Roku, Boxee, Vizio VIA, WD TV Live and additional set-top channels, 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 up to 720p quality on selected titles. More information about the Crunchyroll membership plan can be found at: www.crunchyroll.com/freetrail

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 iPhone, iPad, Android, TV set-top boxes, affiliate websites and its own streaming website, 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 www.crunchyroll.com

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