Atlus Online, Crunchyroll Team Up to Give Anime Fans a Show

Jul 2nd 2009
Crunchyroll's Online Videos Now Streaming to Atlus Online's Community

IRVINE, Calif. and SAN FRANCISCO– July 2, 2009 – Naruto Shippūden and Shugo Chara! are among the many popular series at fans' fingertips as free anime action and adventure finds a home on Atlus Online, the daily destination for community-focused gaming and interactive entertainment. Through a partnership with Crunchyroll, the premier online video service known for providing current and quality full-length episodes and movies from top-rated anime creators, Atlus Online continues to fulfill its promise to bring fresh and engaging content to its members. With the addition of Crunchyroll's free streaming content, anime fans and gamers alike now have one more reason to visit the colorful portal, currently host to Neo Steam: The Shattered Continent and an active forum population.

“We want to celebrate Atlus's proud tradition of delivering quality entertainment by bringing free, full-length streaming videos to the Atlus Online portal,” said Jamie Ortiz, Head of Business Operations, Atlus Online. “Crunchyroll's high standards and eye for unique content serve as an excellent complement to Atlus Online's dedication to endlessly augment our community's experience. We are confident that anime and Atlus fans will revel in the selection and superiority of the videos now available to them on our portal.”

Similar to Atlus Online, Crunchyroll puts its community first and continuously strives to build a thriving, engaged international following around its high-caliber content. The company brings some of the best anime from around the globe to its community, and with industry-leading speed. For example, within hours of an anime episode's premier broadcast in Japan, Crunchyroll delivers the episode freshly translated with high-quality English subtitles to its premium subscribers. Through today's partnership, Atlus Online community members can watch an assortment of Crunchyroll's full-length anime episodes and movies without leaving the portal.

“We are thrilled to align with Atlus Online, a critical partner with a considerable and passionate following of fans,” said Ilya Levtov, Executive Vice President, Crunchyroll. “Our efficient distribution platform paired with Atlus Online's standing in the market will further expand our audience and establish our leadership in the world of streaming anime.”

To watch shows or find more information on the free streaming anime and other unique content on Atlus Online, visit www.atlusonline.com.

About Atlus Online

Atlus Online is the online interactive entertainment division of Atlus U.S.A., Inc., a publisher of compelling video games for a variety of platforms, including Nintendo DS™, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, Wii™, Xbox 360®, and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. Founded in 2008, Atlus Online was created to provide online gamers and anime fans around the world with an entertainment and community destination like no other. The online entertainment division is dedicated to providing a portal, Atlus Online, with unmatched levels of community involvement and interaction, with community members driving the very direction of the site and its content. More information can be found at http://www.atlusonline.com/.

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. Founded in June 2006, Crunchyroll 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 their 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 http://www.Crunchyroll.com.

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