Crunchyroll and Gonzo Forge the “Urban Jungle” of Shangri-La with Dream Team Members Bessho, Ohnogi, Mori and Murata

The following press release was updated by Crunchyroll on March 19, 2009 at 7:52:15 PM EDT.

World Anime Channel and Japanese Anime Company to Stream and Debut 1st Original Animated 3D-CGI Sci-Fi Property from NewType

San Francisco, CA and Tokyo, Japan (March 19, 2009) —Crunchyroll and Gonzo team up again to bring the animated 3D-CGI sci-fi property, based on the original novel by Eiichi Ikegami, SHANGRI-LA to Crunchyroll for a worldwide debut starting on April 06, 2009. More information can be found at >.

SHANGRI-LA is a must-see anime series put together by a dream team of acclaimed talents including director Makoto Bessho, writer Hiroshi Ohnogi, creative producer Takeshi Mori and character designer Range Murata. Each week, the new episode of SHANGRI-LA will be available to Crunchyroll Anime Members on the same day of its Japanese broadcast with no video advertisements, and for free-viewing for non-members with advertising support.

Title Synopsis:

SHANGRI-LA SHANGRI-LA is the story of a young woman fighting for her survival in a real "urban jungle." Only 18 years old, Kuniko Hojo finds herself at the heart of the battle for humanity's future when she discovers that the government which rules Atlas intends to continue marginalizing the less-privileged masses outside the tower - by force, if necessary.

About Crunchyroll Crunchyroll is an online video service and community that offers full-length episodes and movies of the very best in Japanese anime and Asian entertainment. Crunchyroll's content is provided by Asian media leaders including TV TOKYO, Shueisha, Fuji Creative Corporation, Pony Canyon, Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, Toei Animation, Gonzo, Munhwa Broadcasting of America and many others.

Crunchyroll was founded in June 2006 and has offices in San Francisco and Tokyo. Crunchyroll is a pioneer and innovator in the Japanese anime industry and the only video service in the world to offer hit programs like Naruto Shippuden, Gintama, and many others online to its subscribers within one hour of its Japanese broadcast. Crunchyroll is a member of the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) and the Licensing International Merchandisers Association (LIMA) and is funded by leading venture capital firm, Venrock. More information can be found at its website .

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