Crunchyroll Continues Kadokawa Tuesdays with the Launch of New Titles-Never Give Up, Sleepless Town, Inugami and St. John's Wort

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

San Francisco, CA (June 9, 2009) — “Kadokawa Tuesdays” continue on Crunchyroll with tales of mysterdy, drama, action and the supernatural with the launch of NEVER GIVE UP, SLEEPLESS TOWN, INUGAMI and ST. JOHN'S WORT. 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.

Director Junya Sato (The Go Masters) and best-selling Japanese author Seiichi Morimura (Proof of the Man) combine forces to deliver an epic of drama, mystery, and action. Following the mass murder in rural Japan, ex-special forces soldier Ajisawa (Ken Takakura, Black Rain) adopts the only remaining survivor of the massacre, an amnesiac young girl named Yoriko. Seeking to put the secrets of the past behind them, the pair instead finds themselves in conflict with the corrupt and powerful leaders of a small town. As Yoriko's memories begin to reemerge, Ajisawa must call upon his killer instincts to survive against the odds.

Kenichi (Takeshi Kaneshiro) deals in stolen goods in Kabukicho, a battleground for criminal groups from all over the continent. Half Chinese and half Japanese, he was once a member of the Taiwan mafia, but he soon realized that his mixed blood left him no future. He decides to operate alone, using his wits to keep himself safely balanced among the contending Taiwan, Shanghai, and Beijing criminal groups.
The Bonomiya family's women are the protectors of the Inugami, evil dog spirits. If the Bonomiya women fail to keep watch over the spirits - or worse, if they decide to use them for revenge - then the Inugami will run wild in the village looking for blood. Middle aged family member Miki leads a lonely life as a traditional papermaker in a remote mountain village. When Miki falls for the handsome new school teacher, Akira, her new youthful appearance stirs rumors and family problems. But when unexpected tragedy strikes, suspicion and strange events upset the calm community. An eerie fog cloaks the village, but it can no longer hide the secrets of Miki's past...

A game designer and his girlfriend Nami drive out to a decrepit mansion she just inherited, to film backgrounds for a new video game called St. John's Wort. As they search through the dark halls, a series of chilling paintings reveal clues to Nami's past, including a picture of twin babies, named Nami and Naomi. In another room, intrigue turns to terror when they find the mummified bodies of six young boys. Now, if the couple is to survive the night, they must discover the horrifying truth behind the paintings, the man who created them and the twin that Nami never knew existed.

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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