Crunchyroll Rides on with Pony Canyon Inc. to Stream Steel Angel Kurumi and More

Dec 15th 2008

Online Media Distribution Giant Partners to Begin Online Streaming, Subscription and Download-To-Own of Anime Titles

San Francisco, CA (December 15, 2008) — Japanese based multi-media entertainment company, Pony Canyon Inc., strikes a partnership with online media distribution giant, Crunchyroll, to provide streaming and subscriptions for some of the company's most popular anime titles. More information can be found at www.Crunchyroll.com .

Pony Canyon Inc.'s Deputy General Manager Hideyuki Saida states, “Crunchyroll helps create a new business model for online monetization and we are looking forward to a long and prosperous relationship with them. We want fans abroad to know that we are here for them and want to bring them great anime titles for years to come.”

Vince Shortino, Crunchyroll General Manager comments “Crunchyroll is proud to be working with Pony Canyon Inc. We are working hard to bring more amazing anime titles to the users of our community and we are thrilled to have a company like Pony Canyon Inc. join our family.”

Title Synopses:

STEEL ANGEL KURUMI
An erotic, boisterous comedy starring the absolutely obedient and perfectly invincible "Maidroid" Kurumi, a product of science and magic. A boy named Nakahito, the hero of the story, accidentally kisses her to find he has somehow hit her starting switch. And they manage to get into all sorts of trouble...

STEEL ANGEL KURUMI ZERO
It is the time in the future. There is a girl named Kurumi (not as The Steel Angel) living in the world of gradually ruining. These episodes are stories about Kurumi's first love and with support from Saki and Karinka and new character Exilia. Revealing a secret story about Angel Heart.

STEEL ANGEL KURUMI 2 SHIKI
Once upon a time, in the "Taisho" era (1912-1928), there were some totally invincible, beautiful girl-shaped androids, called the Steel Angels, who obeyed their master's orders absolutely. Time has passed since then and in present day Japan...

A bespectacled junior high school girl Nako, the beautiful shrine maiden, comes across "Canwan", the steel android dog, in the basement of her home. By accident she also unseals the android, STEEL ANGEL KURUMI 2 SHIKI.

Nako's pal from childhood, Uruka is a daughter of Tenkai Sumeragi, leader of the great Sumeragi group which even controls the Prime Minister of Japan. Uruka is secretly in love with Nako and she has been waiting for her chance to steal Nako's first kiss, but Kurumi the android, beats her to it, much to the dismay of Uruka.

Uraka's father promises to take revenge on Kurumi and he employs all means possible to do so. During these battles, Uruka accidentally uncovers another Steel Angel called"Saki 2 Shiki", then yet another Steel Angel called "Karinka 2 Shiki" which somehow follows after Kurumi and Saki.

A series of severe battles over Nako take place, marking the end of any semblance of a peaceful life for her. Nako wonders "How come I am their master?" "What are the Steel Angels, anyway?" "Who made them, for what purpose?" "Is Kurumi really an angel to me? What else could she be?"

About Pony Canyon Inc.
Established in 1987 from a merger between Pony and Canyon Records. Pony Canyon Inc. has been playing a leading role in the Fujisankei Communications Group-the group established Fuji Media Holdings Inc. in October 2007 and Pony Canyon Inc. is one of subsidiaries categorized as Video & Music Group. Currently, the company dedicates itself to the development and nurture of various types of entertainment software including production, manufacture and sales of diverse packaged software in addition to digital distribution services mainly for mobiles (under the five-division system focusing on music entertainment, motion picture and home) and visual entertainment. More information can be fount at its Japanese website http://www.ponycanyon.co.jp or its English wesbite http://www.ponycanyon.co.jp/Intl/.

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 http://www.Crunchyroll.com.

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