Mobile Suit Gundam 00 to Stream on Crunchyroll

May 1st 2009

Legendary Anime Studio's Historic Franchise to Appear on World Anime Channel

San Francisco, CA (May 1, 2009) —Crunchyroll announced today that it is partnering with Bandai Channel to bring the latest series in the historic GUNDAM franchise to Crunchyroll. MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 00 from legendary anime studio Sunrise will begin streaming on Crunchyroll starting today. More information can be found at www.Crunchyroll.com/gundam00.

Vice President and COO of Bandai Channel, Takeshi Shimizu, states, "We are looking to create a synergy effect between the world-class contents of one group company, Sunrise, and the retail distribution strength of another group, Bandai Entertainment, culminating digitally on Crunchyroll."

"This relationship is very important for us," states Vince Shortino, Representative Director of Crunchyroll's Japan office."GUNDAM is one of the most well known anime franchises of all time. We look forward to bringing the world of GUNDAM to our audience"

MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 00 (25 episodes) will be available to viewers in the United States and will be immediately available in its entirety in English dubbed, with the first nine episodes also available in Japanese audio English subtitled versions. The show will be available to all visitors in these territories, free of charge with advertisements, while Crunchyroll Anime Members can enjoy up to 480p high definition streams. More information about the Crunchyroll anime membership can be found at www.Crunchyroll.com/anime_membership.

Title Synopsis:

MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 00

2307 A.D. - Humanity has obtained a new source of energy to replace fossil fuels: large-scale solar power generation system based on three huge orbital elevators. However, the benefits are available only to a handful of major powers and their allies. A private armed organization appears, dedicated to the elimination of war through armed force. Its name is Celestial Being, and it is in possession of "Gundam" mobile suits. With these Gundams, it begins armed intervention into all acts of war.

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