Kadokawa Pictures' Demon-Slaying Action-Comedy Omamori Himari Coming to Crunchyroll

Jan 5th 2010

Adaptation of Miran Matora's Comedic Action Manga Series Coming to Crunchyroll Starting January 7th

San Francisco, CA and Tokyo, Japan (January 5, 2009) — Crunchyroll and Kadokawa Pictures announces today the addition of OMAMORI HIMARI to Crunchyroll's Winter 2010 Anime Lineup. Adapted from the bestselling manga series created by Miran Matora and animated by ZEXCS, OMAMORI HIMARI features Ami Koshimizu and Daisuke Hirakawa in the lead roles of Himari and Yuto Amakawa. More information can be found at http://www.crunchyroll.com/omamorihimari.

OMAMORI HIMARI is packed with everything an anime fan could ask for,” states Crunchyroll Japan President Vince Shortino, “it's got comedy, action, demons, fan service and even fighting cat-girls!”

OMAMORI HIMARI will be available in the United States, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and the United Arab Emirates in standard definition free of charge to all visitors of Crunchyroll's website and across the Crunchyroll network one week after airing in Japan. Crunchyroll's Anime Members will receive early access to the program in 480P within twenty-four hours after its Japanese airing.

OMAMORI HIMARI joins hundreds of other Japanese anime and Chinese and Korean live-action drama series in one of the largest English-subtitled streaming collections of officially-licensed East Asian content in the world.

All fans can enjoy all content on the site for free, but Crunchyroll Anime Members benefits include higher quality streams of all shows (in some cases at 720p High Definition Video) with no advertisement and early access to all simulcast shows as early as one (1) hour after its Japan Broadcast. Crunchyroll Anime Membership costs as little as $5 a month and goes directly towards supporting Japan Animation companies. More information, including a two week free trial membership can be found at http://www.crunchyroll.com/freetrial.

Title Synopsis:

OMAMORI HIMARI
Yuuto Amakawa comes from a long line of demon-slayers. Orphaned seven years ago without a single living relative, he has been protected and been able to live life as an ordinary high school boy – until his sixteenth birthday when his protection charm wears off. Just as he is about to be in real big, demon-packed trouble, a mysterious catgirl named Himari appears and pledges her allegiance to him, promising to protect him forever.

About Crunchyroll
Crunchyroll is the largest online community and video site for the very best in Japanese Anime and Dramas from Asia. Crunchyroll's content is provided by Asian media leaders including TV TOKYO, Shueisha, d-rights, Fuji Creative Corporation (FCC), Media International Corporation (MICO), 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 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. More information can be found at its website http://www.crunchyroll.com.

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