Eureka 7 Online, AnimeVillage.com Returns

Mar 31st 2006
March 31, 2006 (Cypress, Ca) – Bandai Entertainment, INC., a member of the “Eureka Project” (which includes Studio Bones, Bandai, Bandai Visual, and Hakuhodo) announced today that it's new series Eureka Seven will debut Saturday April 15th on Cartoon Network's premiere anime block, Adult Swim. But those who can't wait to get a look at the new series can see a sneak peek of Episode 1 on Cartoon Network's free streaming venue, Friday Night Fix on Friday, April 14th, 2006, during the hours of 10pm-2am. This will be the first anime series to have a digital distribution premiere before the TV broadcast. This will be followed by one week of free streaming on Bandai Entertainment's revived online channel, AnimeVillage.com. Then in the second week a purchasable streaming and download of the episode will be available. This pattern will repeat with every subsequent episode.

Eureka Seven, produced by Studio Bones, who created smash hits like Cowboy Bebop: The Movie and Fullmetal Alchemist, just received top honors at the 2006 Tokyo International Anime Fair (TAF) that took place March 23-26th. It won the “Award for Best TV series” and for the individual categories, creator and script writer Dai Sato has received the “Award for Best Script” and Ken Yoshida has received the “Award for Best Character Design.” The series focuses on Renton, a young boy in a world where “lifting” (an extreme form of hoverboarding) is common. Renton's life is changed forever by a mysterious and beautiful young girl named Eureka.

“We are very excited to have our new series join the Adult Swim line-up and to be able to offer the first ever simultaneous streaming of an anime series,” said Bandai Entertainment President Ken Iyadomi.

Eureka Seven will also screen at the 2006 National Cherry Blossom Festival in two venues: on March 25th it will be screened theatrically in a 200 capacity seat venue followed by an April 8th Jumbo Vision outdoor screening which is expected to bring 100,000 attendees.

The Eureka Seven DVD, manga, and soundtrack will be released on April 25th by Bandai Entertainment in a special edition collector's box set, with a stand alone edition of the manga coming out the same day, and a stand alone soundtrack to follow.

For more information go to: eurekaseven.bandai-ent.com

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