Crunchyroll Adds Jin-Roh, Fist of the North Star Anime Films to Catalog

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Both films available now with English dub, sub for members in U.S., Canada

Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it has added the Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade anime film and the Fist of the North Star anime film to its catalog. Both films are available now in both subbed and dubbed formats, and are available for members in the United States and Canada.

Hiroyuki Okiura directed and storyboarded the Jin-Roh film, and Mamoru Oshii wrote the screenplay. The film originally opened in Japan in 2000. Crunchyroll describes the film as follows:

In a very different Tokyo from the one we know today, the totalitarian government rules with an iron fist. But a group called "the Sect" is staging demonstrations and challenging the government's martial law. Constable Fuse of the Capital Police's Special Unit is on a mission to stop a Sect demonstration when he encounters a girl in the sewers under Tokyo. When he fails to shoot as ordered, he is put on trial, questioned, and "re-conditioned" as a soldier. The dead girl haunts him, both in his dreams and in the face of her sister, whom Fuse has befriended. But Fuse has made himself a target for some very powerful men. And as the world comes crashing down around him, Fuse is continually challenged to decide what is real and what is right.

Bandai Entertainment originally released the film in North America on DVD in 2002, and then on Blu-ray Disc in 2007. Discotek Media rereleased the film on DVD in 2014 and on Blu-ray Disc in January.

Toei Animation and Toyoo Ashida released the Fist of the North Star film based on Buronson and Tetsuo Hara's manga in 1986 in Japan. Crunchyroll describes the film as follows:

In the near future, Earth has been devastated by a nuclear hell. In these troubled times, kinetic martial arts have replaced weapons of mass destruction, and the legendary Fist of the North Star style may then be the only hope for humanity's survival. Ken, the rightful master of Fist of the North Star, is forced to fight old friends gone mad, wicked new enemies, and even comes face to face with his power hungry elder brothers. All this in the hope that he will someday be reunited with his beloved Julia.

Streamline Pictures originally released the film in North America, and Discotek Media rereleased the film on DVD in 2009.

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