Gatchaman™ Soars Onto Crunchyroll

Fireworks International Brings Classic Tatsunoko Productions Anime to
Global Online Media Distribution Giant

San Francisco, CA (July 1, 2008) ― GATCHAMAN™ (ガッチャマン), the 90's
Original video animation
, will officially
stream from July 2008 on the online airwaves of media distribution platform,
Crunchyroll to audiences in both the U.S. and Canada, after a licensing deal
with Fireworks International, a ContentFilm company, for this classic
Harmony Gold mini-series. More information can be found at .

“We are excited and proud to work with Fireworks International and Harmony
Gold on this project. Not only do we bring all three (3) episodes of this
legendary anime to the public, but we will also be providing an additional
gift of free virtual ‘badges’ for people who purchase the download” states
Kun Gao CEO and President of Crunchyroll. Gao continues with “we are very
pleased to bring another amazing anime series from one of the main pioneers
of the anime industry-Tatsunoko Productions.”

Fireworks International Senior Vice-President of Digital Acquisitions and
Distribution Jonathan Ford commented, “Crunchyroll is an ideal platform for
the re-launch of the classic GATCHAMAN™ title in July. We are excited to
bring this title to the Crunchyroll community where the viewers can watch
and enjoy this title online in outstanding quality.”

The three (3) episodes are entitled The Dragon King, The Red Specter and The
Final Countdown. Fans are encouraged to go online on July 2nd and join the
5 brave young teens (Ken, Joe, Jun, Jinpei and Ryu) as they attempt to foil
evil and save the Earth.

GATCHAMAN™ (1994; 144 minutes; Three (3) 48 min. episodes, unrated) is
directed by Hiroyuki Fukushima, written by Akihiko Nishiyama, character
designed by Yasuomi Umezu and produced by Tatsunoko Productions.


It's five against thousands in a fierce, fast-action battle to save the
Planet. Piloting their prized ship, the GodPhoenix, the Science Ninja Team
launch their counterattack against Gallacter's entire army of assassins. The
Gatchaman are back, big time! Revamped, stylish and more dynamic than ever,
the new GATCHAMAN™ manages to modernize the characters, without compromising
the design of the original series. Here are all your favorties - Ken, Joe,
June, Rock and Jimmy - with a great new look and killer attitude. This new
Original Video Animation (OVA) is sexier, more action packed and completely
surpasses the animation in the original 70's series.

About Fireworks International

Fireworks International is ContentFilm's international television
distribution division with over 3,000 hours of high-quality and commercially
appealing programming including an extensive slate of major drama series,
factual entertainment, kids live action comedy and drama series, TV movies,
mini-series and special event programming. Recent additions include hit
crime drama series THE BORDER and heart-warming family drama series,
HEARTLAND; BLOOD TIES, twenty-two hours of mystery drama with more than a
touch of the supernatural; brand new U.S. tween comedy THE ASSISTANTS; Mondo
Media's MONDO MINI SHOWS catalogue featuring a raft of offbeat comedy
programming; children's programmes YOUNG DRACULA, ROBOTECH and DESPERADOS;
plus over 200 U.S. network mini-series and TV movies; and specials including
the Annual U.S. PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS shows. This new product is combined
with the large and valuable Fireworks library catalogue which is
complemented by a raft of formidable television shows including Gene

About Crunchyroll

Headquartered in San Francisco, California ­ Crunchyroll is hailed as a
leading online entertainment brand with the largest international online
community and destination focused on Asian entertainment including anime,
drama, music in addition to electronic entertainment and auto content.
Crunchyroll's distribution channel and partnership program delivers content
to over four million passionate fans worldwide.. Crunchyroll is funded by
the premiere group Venrock. More information can be found at its website .

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