Crunchyroll Provides Promotional Sneak Peek of Tokyopop's Princess Ai: Encounters

San Francisco, CA (September 15, 2008) - Online media distributor leader Crunchyroll will host a promotional sneak peek of the latest edition of TOKYOPOP's celebrated Princess Ai manga franchise, co-created by DJ Milky and rock star Courtney Love. In a groundbreaking move, the Princess Ai: Encounters volume will be available in its entirety for two (2) entire weeks (September 16-30, 2008) FOR FREE for fans! More information can be found on the website <> .

TOKYOPOP Senior Vice President Mike Kiley states that “this opportunity to promote our titles to the Crunchyroll community is an exciting new way for us to branch out and extend our reach to a much wider audience that we hope will enjoy getting into the Princess Ai experience.”

Princess Ai: Encounters (ISBN: 1-4278-1310-8; EAN: 978-1-4278-1310-7; MSRP: $9.99) features a ‘mixtape’ approach to the TOKYOPOP universe. “The volume showcases the incredible diversity of writers and artists that we work with by allowing them to mash up their characters with Princess Ai and her friends,” Kiley reports. Whether Ai is rocking out with Ein from A Midnight Opera, playing at the high school prom for the cast of Rhysmyth, or visiting Pamela at The Tarot Cafe to solve a mystery, TOKYOPOP's beloved rock sensation shows up in some very cool new surroundings.

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

TOKYOPOP is hailed as a leading youth-oriented entertainment brand and an innovator of manga creation, with a revolutionary artistic vision that transcends countless platforms. From the introduction of the first-ever extensive manga publishing program in North America, to the development of its manga-originated intellectual properties into film, television and digital entertainment, TOKYOPOP has changed the way teens experience pop culture. The company's global reach has expanded to Europe and Asia, with recent offices opening in the UK and Germany and upcoming partnerships in Australia and China, in addition to its original Los Angeles and Tokyo operations. With millions of fans logging onto the new social networking site <> , reading its books, which are licensed in 41 countries in more than 20 languages, and watching its DVDs and television programs, TOKYOPOP's award-winning catalogue of licensed and original properties has made the company a visionary in an ever-growing teen entertainment marketplace. Visit for additional information.

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