Crunchyroll Announces Stan Lee's Heroman
San Francisco, Calif. (March 31, 2010) – Crunchyroll, Inc., announced today the simulcast acquisition of HEROMAN, the highly anticipated collaboration between legendary comic book creator Stan Lee's Pow! Entertainment and critically acclaimed anime studio Bones. Title will become available each week via Crunchyroll's premium subscription in high definition one hour after first airing in Japan on TV TOKYO and for free in standard definition with advertisements one week later. More information is on the official HEROMAN series page on Crunchyroll: http://www.crunchyroll.com/heroman.
HEROMAN follows the story of Joey Jones, an ordinary boy without any sense of strength, who by chance comes into possession of a toy robot. Through an accident of comic book fashion, the toy becomes a giant robot, Heroman, and Joey his master. As Joey guides Heroman and teaches him right and wrong, so does Joey grow in his journey and become a hero in his own right. Now, they are the Earth's only hope for survival against a militant alien invasion. Will Joey and Heroman be able to save the world?
Crunchyroll VP of Licensing Rob Pereyda said: “HEROMAN is exactly what the anime world needs right now. Though the visuals may drastically differ from what American comic book fans are accustomed to, the methods of storytelling and character development will have a classic Stan Lee flair. At the same time, anime fans initially hooked by the high production quality of Bones will find Stan Lee's approach to these aspects a refreshing diversion from the business as usual world of shonen action anime. Excelsior!”
HEROMAN features rising Japanese TV drama star Mikako Komatsu in her first anime role as the main character of Joey. Title also features the Japanese anime debut of young talent Mayu Obata in the role of Joey's friend Lina. Japanese voiceover superstar Cho rounds out the cast as Professor Denton, Joey's teacher who has plans of his own for the Earth.
A live update of Crunchyroll's April 2010 lineup of simulcasts can be viewed at http://www.crunchyroll.com/lineup.
About Crunchyroll, Inc.
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Crunchyroll was founded in June 2006 and has offices in both San Francisco and Tokyo. Crunchyroll is a pioneer and innovator in the Japanese content business and the only video service in the world to offer hit programs Naruto Shippūden, Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee and many others within one hour of their first Japanese broadcasts. Crunchyroll is a member of the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) and Licensing International Merchandisers' Association (LIMA) and is funded by leading venture capital firm, Venrock, Japanese entertainment giant TV TOKYO, and a group of angel investors representing some of the brightest and most successful minds and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley.
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