Crunchyroll to Launch The Beast to Die, Early Spring Story, Girl of Time, Kekkon Annai Mystery, Sailor Suit and Machine Gun, Story of the Detective and Tragedy of W Today for Kadokawa Tuesdays

Update: Crunchyroll has updated the date of the press release.

Bone Chilling New Titles from Kadokawa Pictures USA on the Number One Online Destination for Anime and Asian Entertainment

San Francisco, CA (May 12, 2009) — “Kadokawa Tuesdays” continue on Crunchyroll with tales of horror, suspense and the supernatural with the launch of THE BEAST TO DIE, EARLY SPRING STORY, GIRL OF TIME, KEKKON ANNAI MYSTERY, SAILOR SUIT AND MACHINE GUN, STORY OF THE DETECTIVE AND TRAGEDY OF W. More information can be found at:

These “Kadokawa Tuesdays” titles are available at 12:00 pm PST today, for FREE, to all fans and members in the U.S., Canada, American Samoa, United States Minor Outlying Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam and Virgin Island regions.

Title Synopsis:
THE BEAST TO DIE beasttodie

A cop was killed and his gun was stolen. It was used for the next murder case. Detective Kashiwagi who investigated this case got a testimony about a perpetrator; "He walks like a dead man". The detective found a guy named Date (Yusaku Matusda) who was an ex-Vietnam veteran cameraman descended into madness after committing a string of murders. Yusaku Matsuda lost 8 kg of body weight and allegedly even had some of his teeth pulled out in order to achieve the gaunt look for the murderer.

EARLY SPRING STORY earlyspringstory

A university student Hitomi falls in love with a middle-aged man Okawa, who was the lover of her deceased mother. Hitomi's feelings shift back and forth as she is not sure whether it is true love or just a realization of her mother's romantic dream.

GIRL OF TIME girloftime

A romantic 16-year-old high school girl in love with a classmate starts dreaming about events before they actually happen. As it turns out, the object of her love is actually a space alien affected by her own romantic views of life and because of their unified wave length.

KEKKON ANNAI MYSTERY kekkonannaimystery

A 19-year-old girl Hiroko Terasawa working in a matching agency promises her client Masakazu Sekine that she'll pose as his fiancee for a remarkable cash reward. Hiroko moves to Sekine's mansion and prepares to attend the family's meeting. However, this only turns out to be a prelude of a bloody fight over the family's legacy.

SAILOR SUIT AND MACHINE GUN sailorsuitandmachinegun

Following the unexpected death of her mob boss father, a young high school student (Hiroko Yakushimaru) inherits his Yakuza gang. They investigate her father's murder and take out the drug dealers who are responsible for his death. The scene of Hiroko when she sprays a room with machine gun fire and then exclaims "Kaikan!!" became somewhat famous in Japan at the time with people using the phrase in the same tone of voice as Hiroko.

STORY OF THE DETECTIVE storyofthedetective

Naomi (Hiroko Yakushimaru) is a university student who is leaving in a week for the US to study; Shuichi (Yusaku Matsuda) is a washed-up gumshoe who's hired by Naomi's father to bodyguard his daughter until she leaves. Things got worse when Naomi and Shuichi stumble upon a murder.

TRAGEDY OF W tragedyofw

A young girl is striving for stardom. In order to get a lead role in a new production, she agrees to stand-in for a famous star whose rich patron died in her arms one night. The real-life drama gradually comes to mirror the story of the play being performed by her.

About Kadokawa Pictures USA
Kadokawa Pictures USA (KPUSA) is the Los Angeles based arm of entertainment giant KADOKAWA GROUP HOLDINGS, INC (KGH) in Japan. KGH includes KADOKAWA GROUP PUBLISHING and KADOKAWA PICTURES. KADOKAWA GROUP PUBLISHING is one of the oldest and largest publishing groups in Japan and the largest publishers of Japanese Manga. KADOKAWA PICTURES with its library of over 2,000 titles, develops, finances, produces and distributes live action and anime films theatrically and for TV throughout Japan and Asia and boasts a state-of-the art production facility in Tokyo. Films that have garnered worldwide attention from these libraries include: THE RING, DARK WATER, PULSE and SHALL WE DANCE? KGH also includes a major exhibitor in Japan, Kadokawa Cineplex.

KPUSA distributes, licenses, remakes and adapts library films and books for an international audience in the English language, such as; “One Missed Call,””Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.”

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, d-rights, Fuji Creative Corporation, Pony Canyon, Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, Toei Animation, Gonzo, Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation America and many others.

Crunchyroll was founded in June 2006 and has offices in both San Francisco and Tokyo. Crunchyroll is a pioneer and innovator within 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 their Japanese broadcast. Crunchyroll is a member of the Association of Japanese Animation (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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