Crunchyroll to Particpate in Global Shinkai Day

Online Anime Distribution Leader and Fans to Celebrate the Work of Acclaimed Anime Director Makoto Shinkai on February 28, 2009

San Francisco, California and Tokyo, Japan (February 24, 2009) – When fans speak … Crunchyroll listens. With blessings from CoMix Wave Films, Makoto Shinkai English fan forum and fansite,, and the online anime distribution leader, Crunchyroll, will collaborate in honoring one of the anime industry's celebrated directors and visionaries for one day only on February 28, 2009. More information can be found at the company's website at .

5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND, VOICES OF A DISTANT STAR and A PLACE PROMISED IN OUR EARLY DAYS are titles that are synonymous with world famous anime director Mr. Makoto Shinkai ("Hailed as the 'Next Miyazaki'" - The Japan Times), and Crunchyroll is celebrating his “awesomeness” with 24 hours of Shinkai's most celebrated works to all Crunchyroll members at up to 480p.

“We are very happy to see how the world has embraced Mr. Shinkai's work”, states Mr. Kazuki Sunami of CoMix Wave Films, “anime is a wonderful art form and CoMix Wave Films is very proud to work with Crunchyroll in bringing Mr. Shinkai's vision to the world. We hope everyone enjoys it.”

In addition, anime fans will have an opportunity to celebrate Mr. Shnkai's work by participating in the official Makoto Shinkai forum pages moderated by Makoto Shinkai English fan forum and fansite (and long time fan!) owner, Mr. Laz Long, “I'm really excited that Crunchyroll is hosting these films online and allowing us to share these amazing films with people all over the world.”

Titles to air include:


Shinkai's work debuted at many high profile film festivals such as the Ottawa International Animation Festival and has won countless awards such as the animation grand prize at Italy's Future Film Fest in 2008 for 5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND.

"Hailed as the 'Next Miyazaki'" - The Japan Times

"Legendary anime" -

Crunchyroll Anime Member benefits include higher quality streams of all shows (in some cases at 720p High Definition Video) with no advertisement and early access to simulcast shows such as NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, GINTAMA, NATSUME YUJINCHO, SKIP BEAT, SHUGO CHARA!, WEB GHOSTS PIPOPA, LINEBARRELS OF IRON, THE TOWER OF DRUAGA – THE SWORD OF URUK - and additional titles as early as one (1) hour after its Japan Broadcast.

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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