Crunchyroll to Simulcast Historical Gag Anime Tono to Issho

Jul 5th 2010

San Francisco, Calif. – Crunchyroll, Inc., announced today the simulcast acquisition of the comedic historical gag anime Tono to Issho. Adapted from the popular “yon-koma” (four-panel) gag manga of the same name in Japan, the title features an all-star voice cast including Gackt, one of the most popular Japanese music artists outside of Japan. Additional voiceover talent includes Daisuke Hirakawa, Tatsuhisa Suzuki and many others. More information can be found at http://www.crunchyroll.com/tonotoissho.

Crunchyroll VP of Licensing Rob Pereyda said: “The historical gag anime genre is extremely underserved outside of Japan. We hope that by leveraging the world class localization team at MX International, we will be able truly ‘translate’ the spirit of Japanese comedy and bring it to a whole new demographic.”

Yomiuri Telecasting producer Tomoyuki Saito said: “We are excited about continuing our partnership with Crunchyroll and working with them on another simulcast. We hope YTV's new attempt brings a unique new world to the overseas market, and look forward to the reaction from fans about our title.”

Tono to Issho will be available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brazil and Portugal.

About Crunchyroll, Inc.

Crunchyroll is a leading global video network and developer of social media applications for Japanese anime and Asian media. Through applications like Crunchyroll for iPad and Naruto Shippuden Official, set top boxes, affiliate websites and its own site, Crunchyroll delivers officially-licensed content from leading Asian media producers directly to consumers.

Crunchyroll has offices in San Francisco, Calif. and Tokyo, Japan, and is a member of the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) and Licensing International Merchandisers' Association (LIMA). Founded in 2006, Crunchyroll is funded by leading venture capital firm, Venrock, Japanese entertainment giant TV TOKYO, digital publishing leader Bitway and a group of angel investors representing some of the brightest and most successful entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. More information can be found at http://www.crunchyroll.com.

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