Crunchyroll to Simulcast Wake Up, Girls! Anime Series and Wake Up, Girls! – Seven Idols Movie for Winter 2014

Jan 7th 2014
The leading online Asian entertainment stream service adds the anime series Wake Up, Girls! to its winter lineup, and will also be streaming the movie Wake Up, Girls! – Seven Idols the same day as Japan.


San Francisco, Calif. (January 4, 2013) – Crunchyroll, Inc., has acquired the anime series Wake Up, Girls! as part of its winter simulcasts, and is set to broadcast every Friday starting on January 10, at 10:30a.m. Pacific Time for its premium members, with free members able to watch one week later. The accompanying movie, Wake Up, Girls! – Seven Idols will also be airing on Friday, January 10, at 9:00am Pacific Time. More information can be found on www.crunchyroll.com/wakeup.

Wake Up, Girls! and Wake Up, Girls! – Seven Idols will be available to Crunchyroll's Premium members worldwide except Asia, while Free members will be able to watch in the following territories: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.

Wake Up, Girls! takes place in the Sendai, Japan's northeastern Tohoku region. A tiny production company, Green leaves Entertainment, which once managed the careers of talents such as magicians, models, and other entertainers is now on the verge of going out of business when their last talent quits. In an effort to save the company, the president decides to produce an idol group and sends manager Kouhei Matsuda out to scout raw talent, where he has a fateful encounter with a certain girl…

Animation Production is being handled by Ordet and Tasunoko Productions, whose previous works include Senyū and Gatchaman Crowds, respectively. The cast of the seven girls, all of whom auditioned specifically for a role in the group include Mayu Yoshioka as Mayu Shimada, Airi Nagano as Airi Hayashida, Minami Tanaka as Minami Katayama, Yoshino Aoyama as Yoshino Nanase , Nanami Yamashita as Nanami Hisami,Kaya Okuno as Kaya Kikuma, and Miyu Takagi as Miyu Okamoto.

Episodes can be accessed from Crunchyroll.com, the free iPhone and iPad application, the Android application, Windows Phone, PS4™, Xbox LIVE®, Apple TV®, Panasonic TVs with Viera Connect, Roku, Boxee, Google TV, OUYA, Samsung TV, Vizio VIA, WD TV Live, additional set-top channels, and affiliate partners.

Crunchyroll premium members have access to a large selection of anime and drama, same-day access for simulcast titles, no advertisements and can stream in up to 1080p quality on select 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 destination and platform for Japanese anime and Asian content. Through applications like Crunchyroll for iPhone, iPad, Android, Playstation®3, Xbox LIVE®, Apple TV®, Internet-enabled TVs, set-top boxes, affiliate websites and its own streaming website, Crunchyroll delivers over 25,000 episodes and 15,000 hours of officially-licensed content from leading Asian media producers direct to viewers translated professionally in multiple languages within minutes of TV broadcast.

Crunchyroll has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Tokyo, and is a member of the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) and Licensing International Merchandisers' Association (LIMA). Officially launched in 2009, 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.

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