Crunchyroll Announces More Toei Animation Titles

Jan 9th 2009

Online Media Distribution Giant and Leading Animation Production Studio Continue Relationship With Online Streaming, Subscription and Download-To-Own of Two Additional Titles and Bundle Options

San Francisco, CA and Tokyo, Japan (January 9, 2009) —Japanese animation production studios, Toei Animation Co., Ltd., continues their partnership with online media distribution giant, Crunchyroll, to provide streaming, subscription and download-to-own options for GALAXY EXPRESS 999 and CAPTAIN HARLOCK to begin today. More information can be found at www.Crunchyroll.com .

Toei Animation Co., Ltd.'s Mr. Kanji Kazahaya, Director of International Department, states, “we are excited and thrilled to be continuing our digital business developent with Crunchyroll. This is the new frontier for the anime industry and Crunchyroll is an ideal company to work with because of its international reach and strong community base.”

“We are extremely pleased to be continuing our strong partnership with Toei Animation,” states Mr. Kun Gao Crunchyroll CEO, “working with Toei Animation allows us to continue bringing great new and classic anime titles to a global audience, curbing piracy and becoming a catalyst to stimulate industry growth.”

Crunchyroll will also be providing bundle options for each series.

Title Synopses:

GALAXY EXPRESS 999
In a distant future, Tetsuro is a human boy who wants his body replaced with a robotic one. This is possible, but to do so he has to reach the Immortal Planet onboard the space train Galaxy Express 999. Maetel, a beautiful and mysterious blonde woman dressed in Russian style, joins him in the long journey through space. Every episode sees our heroes arriving in a new planet's space train station.

©LEIJI MATSUMOTO,TOEI ANIMATION ©1978 TOEI ANIMATION CO., LTD.

Download-to-own: $1.99/episode

CAPTAIN HARLOCK
The year is 2977. Mankind has become complacent and stagnant. All work is done by machines, while humans spend all their time on entertainment. But when a mysterious invader from the stars catches Earth unawares, only the legendary Space Pirate Captain Harlock and the crew of the Arcadia have the will to stand against them.

©LEIJI MATSUMOTO,TOEI ANIMATION ©1978 TOEI ANIMATION CO., LTD.

Download-to-own: $1.99/episode

About Toei Animation Co., Ltd.
With headquarters in Tokyo and sales offices in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Paris, Toei Animation (Jasdaq: 4816) ranks amongst the world's most prolific animation production studios. Toei Animation's operations include animation development and production, and worldwide marketing and program licensing. Since its founding in 1956, Toei Animation has produced more than 9,000 episodes of TV series (189 titles) and 172 long feature films as of March, 2007.

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 five 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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