Crunchyroll to Simulcast Upcoming Naruto Shippuden #97

Leading Online Anime Distributor to Simulcast the Newest NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Episode, #97, for Anime Subscription Members and Provides Free Viewing of Previous Week's Simulcast

San Francisco, California (February 12, 2009) – NARUTO continues his journey to assist Team Kakashi in next week's (Thursday; February 19, 2009; 3:00 am PST) simulcast, with Japan, of NARUTO SHIPPUDEN #97 on the fully anime licensed site and leading online destination for anime - Crunchyroll. More information can be found at .

Episode Synopsis: From the results of the analysis of the crystallized Parasitic insects, the enemies currently fighting Kakashi's team are identified as users of the Crystal Style, a rare type of jutsu. Still unclear on what Orochimaru's objective is, Tsunade cannot hide her irritation and anxiety. Meanwhile, the search team fends off Gozu and Rinji only to find themselves in a peculiar situation. Along with Shino's Parasitic insect barricade, they are all caught in the force field ninjutsu. It is Guren's Green Crystal Labyrinth Jutsu. Kakashi readies himself to fight directly with a Shouton user. Guren, who is now aware of the Leaf's battle style after their fight with her men, unleashes a different tactic. Meanwhile, on his way to assist Team Kakashi, NARUTO once again encounters Yukimaru, the boy he met at the hot springs.

Crunchyroll Anime Member benefits include higher quality streams of all shows (including 720p High Definition for selected shows), no advertisements and early access to currently airing shows including: NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, GINTAMA, NATSUME YUJINCHO, SKIP BEAT, SHUGO CHARA!, WEB GHOSTS PIPOPA, LINEBARRELS OF IRON, THE TOWER OF DRUAGA –THE SWORD OF URUK– and more, all available as early as one hour after premiering in Japan. Lower quality streams with advertisements are still available for free viewing. To become an Anime Member, go to .

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