Crunchyroll and Studio Pierrot Bring the Best of Bishounen Drama and Romance with Hanasakeru Seishonen

From the Studio that Brought You NARUTO, BLEACH and YU YU HAKUSHO … the Next Highly Anticipated Hit to Stream on the Number One Online Destination for Anime and Asian Entertainment

San Francisco, CA (August 2, 2009) — Romance and drama are all the critical ingredients used in formulating the highly anticipated Studio Pierrot's new anime, HANASAKERU SEISHONEN to be streamed on the number one (1) online destination for anime and asian content … Crunchyroll! More information can be found at .

“We are thrilled to be working with Studio Pierrot once more,” states Vince Shortino Crunchyroll K.K. President, “A title such as HANASAKERU SEISHONEN is a definite gem and will most definitely be a Crunchyroll fan favorite.”

These titles are available to all Crunchyroll fans and members residing in the U.S. and Canada.

Title Synopsis:

Kajika is a 14 year old girl with a peculiar charm. She is the only daughter of the president of the well-known Burnsworth Company. One day, her father makes an odd proposal to Kajika to find a spouse whom she would like to share her life with.

Kajika is a naïve young girl who doesn't yet understand what love is. However, as she gets to know the candidates, she starts to learn more about herself, realizing the type of person she would like to be with. Behind her father's bizarre proposal, there is a hidden truth Kajika must confront.

What's her fate? Who will she choose?

About Pierrot

Established in 1979, Pierrot Co., Ltd. has produced numerous successful high quality animation productions including world famous fairy tales like "The Wonderful Adventures of Nils [Nils no Fushigi na Tabi]" (1980), popular comics like "Gensomaden Saiyuki" (2000), "Hikaru no Go" (2002), "The Twelve Kingdoms [Juni Kokuki]" (2002) and "NARUTO" (2002), and original stories such as "Magical Girl Series" (1983-1985).

In the last three decades, Pierrot has earned a reputation as one of the leading animation producers in Japan. Pierrot produces a wide variety of programming including science fiction, comedies, action-packed cartoons, and educational shows. These productions have attracted an audience ranging from toddlers to adults. With 30-years of experience, Pierrot has firmly established itself as one of Japan's most versatile, dependable, and creative production companies.

Many of Pierrot's most successful productions, including "Yu Yu Hakusho" (1992), "Tokyo Mew Mew" (2002), "NARUTO" (2003), and "BLEACH" (2004) have been broadcasted not only in the US but also in major cities around the world and have gained excellent reputation among viewers.

Our goal is to create animated works that reflect and are in step with the times, while expanding our business worldwide. We are always working to enhance our technical expertise, improve the quality of our animators and artists, and to produce imaginative animation that has vision and heart.

We hope you enjoy our works!

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 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.

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