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Crunchyroll Adds Yakitate!! Japan, Space Pirate Mito, Princess Knight, Fantastic Detective Labyrinth to Catalog

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Catalog additions complete Crunchyroll's 6-part Library Expansion Project

Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday and Wednesday that it added the Yakitate!! Japan, Space Pirate Mito, Princess Knight, and Fantastic Detective Labyrinth anime to its catalog, all as part of a six-part Library Expansion Project. Crunchyroll previously added the Space Adventure Cobra and Cat's Eye series as part of the same project.

The Yakitate!! Japan anime series is based on Takashi Hashiguchi's manga of the same name. Crunchyroll describes the story:

Kazuma Azuma wants to make bread. Not just any kind of bread though. He wants to make a bread that represents Japan itself and can stand toe-to-toe with rice as a national food. Thanks to his legendary “Hands of the Sun,” unnaturally warm hands that allow dough to ferment faster, Kazuma's bread is like a slice of Heaven. And when the Pantasia Rookie Competition arrives, everyone will get a taste of his skill! Along with his friend Kawachi, he'll go up against koala karate masters, Harvard bread scientists, samurai with rolling-pin swords and more as he bakes his way to glory!

The anime is available subtitled for free and premium users in the United States and Canada.

The 69-episode anime premiered in 2004. Right Stuf licensed the series, and released it in three DVD sets on March 3, May 5, and July 7, respectively.

Crunchyroll describes the Space Pirate Mito series:

Most teenage boys have enough trouble just dealing with the pressures of school and dating, but 15-year-old Aoi Mitsukuni's life becomes exponentially more complicated when his mom returns from a long "business trip." He discovers that not only is his beautiful mother actually an alien, but she's the notorious Space Pirate Mito to boot! To make matters worse, the girl Aoi likes at school is actually a secret Galactic Patrol agent attempting to find and arrest his mother. No one ever said being a teenager in love was easy!

The anime is available in its entirety for premium users in the United States and Canada with both the English dub and with English subtitles. Only the first half is available to free users, with the second half coming next week.

The 13-episode series premiered in 1999. Media Blasters previously released the series over four DVDs from 2002 to 2003, and Right Stuf released the complete series on DVD in October 2014.

Princess Knight (Ribon no Kishi) is based on Osamu Tezuka's manga series of the same name. Crunchyroll describes the series:

Once upon a time, in the faraway kingdom of Silverland, a princess named Sapphire was born. Thanks to a mischievous little angel's prank, Sapphire ended up with both the blue heart of a boy and the pink heart of a girl. Thus, the little princess would be as rambunctious and brave as she was gentle and caring. However, all was not well in Silverland: only a son may inherit the throne. To stop the evil Duke Duralumon from becoming next in line to inherit, the King announced that Sapphire was a boy. Now several years later, everyone in the kingdom sees Sapphire as a swashbuckling prince.

The anime is available in its entirety for premium users in the United States and Canada with the English dub. Only the first half is available to free users, with the second half coming next week.

Right Stuf released the series in two DVD sets with an English dub in August 2014 and October 2014, respectively.

The Fantastic Detective Labyrinth (Suteki Tantei Labyrinth) series is based on Meito Manjō and Seiji Wakayama's manga of the same name. Lucky Penny and Right Stuf previously licensed the series, and describes it:

Thirty years ago, Tokyo was destroyed in a massive earthquake. Most people have moved on to a new capital, Shinto, but a string of bizarre murders and supernatural events keep occurring in the ruins of the old city. The only one with the ability to see through to the heart of these mysteries is the enigmatic Mayuki Hyuga, a boy with extraordinary detective skills and powers that even he doesn't yet understand. Together with his guardian and butler Seiran Shinano, Mayuki must not only help the police solve cases, but also uncover the secrets of his lineage.

Lucky Penny and Right Stuff released the series on DVD on January 6.

Crunchyroll is streaming the series in its entirety with English subtitles for premium users in the United States and Canada. Free users in both countries can watch the first half now, and the second half will be available next week.


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