Toriko Joins the Crunchyroll Simulcast Family This SeasonNov 15th 2013
San Francisco, Calif. (November 14, 2013) – Crunchyroll, Inc., has an insatiable hunger for new shows. So it makes absolute sense for the streaming media service to add the shonen powerhouse TORIKO to its current fall simulcasts, which is initially set to broadcast every Monday at 10:00am Pacific Time. Starting on November 18, episode 130 will be made available for both premium and free members. Previous episodes will be available on Crunchyroll at a later date. More information can be found on www.crunchyroll.com/toriko.
TORIKO, written and illustrated by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro, is hailed as one of the most popular shonen titles next to giants like One Piece, Naruto, Bleach, and Hunter X Hunter by fans and critics alike. Back in 2012, it was the 11th best-selling manga series in Japan with over 3 million copies sold, and continued to exceed that as early as May 2013 with over 10 million copies sold.
The anime version, which has been greeted with critical praise and a positive reception, is directed by Akifumi Zako, with our two protagonists Toriko and Komatsu being brought to life by two of the biggest names in the voice acting community: Ryotaro Okiayu (Kuchiki Byakuya - Bleach, Scar – Fullmetal Alchemist, Hisashi Mitsui – Slam Dunk) and Romi Park (Hitsugaya Toushiro – Bleach, Edward Elric – Fullmetal Alchemist, Temari – Naruto).
“In a world where the taste and texture of food is extremely important, individuals known as Bishoku-ya, specialize in the acquisition of rare ingredients and animals. Our protagonist, Toriko, possesses incredible strength and knowledge of the animal kingdom in order to fulfill his dream to capture the most precious foods in the world and create the ultimate dinner course. He is currently accompanied by a weak and timid chef who, inspired by Toriko's ambition, travels with him to improve his culinary skills and find rare ingredients.”
TORIKO will be available to premium users in the following territories: U.S.A, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America (Central and South America including Caribbean).
Current Crunchyroll titles can be accessed from Crunchyroll.com, the free iPad and iPhone application, the Android application, Playstation®3, Xbox LIVE®, Apple TV ®, Windows Phone, Google TV, Roku, Boxee, Vizio VIA, WD TV Live and additional set-top channels, and affiliate partners.
Crunchyroll premium members have access to the largest anime selection, same-day access for simulcasted titles, no advertisements, and HD 1080p quality on select titles. More information about the Crunchyroll membership plan can be found at: http://www.crunchyroll.com/freetrial.
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