News Gonzo/GDH Contacts Crunchyroll Video Site (Updated)
posted on 2008-03-13 13:15 EDT
The main administrator of Crunchyroll, a video-streaming website with many unauthorized anime videos, has said in an online post that the Gonzo/GDH anime production company contacted the site. According to Crunchyroll, the two companies have been "trading ideas about what we can do together so everyone will benefit." In his post, the adminstrator added a cover image of a dialogue recording script for episode #1 ("The Giant Tower of Druaga") of The Tower of Druaga: the Aegis of Uruk fantasy anime series. Gonzo will premiere this game-based anime in Japan on April 4. On the recording script is a signature of Taichi Hashimoto, a producer on Rosario + Vampire, Speed Grapher, and other Gonzo works.
Crunchyroll previously said that the DLE production company authorized it to show the first episode of the series that would eventually become Eagle Talon the Movie - The Chancellor Only Lives Twice. The episode is the first anime video on the site that reportedly received any official authorization. ANN is awaiting confirmation from both DLE and GDH. Crunchyroll has been the center of public attention recently since it acquired US$4.05 million in venture capital. Funimation and Bandai Entertainment issued statements yesterday expressing concern over copyright infringement, and both said that they notified the site of infringing content.
Update: GDH has confirmed that it has been talking with Crunchyroll. GDH is planning a formal press release in the next two weeks or later regarding newer Gonzo titles. Druaga's premiere date has also been corrected. Thanks, shadowblack.